You’re back in the market for a permanent job and the benefits that come with it, but you’re not sure if you should take a temp job while you search. As a staffing agency that has served Phoenix and Tucson for over five decades, Allstaff Services, Inc. would like to weigh in on the subject. Here are a few thoughts to consider if you are wondering about taking a temp job until you find a permanent one.
1. It’s a Way to Pay the Bills
When you need a job, you need a job, and unless your previous post gave you a nice severance package, you will need to pay the bills. If it’s been a long and frustrating search and the well seems dry—or perhaps you’re holding out for a better offer—temping is an excellent way to make a paycheck in the meantime. And the process of getting hired as a temp can be quick—two to three weeks.
2. You’ll Avoid a Gap in Your Resume While You Search
We’ve all been there: the long job hunt that seems like it will never end. Unfortunately, hiring managers don’t like to see long gaps in work history, and they’ll certainly ask about them during an interview. It could be that you lost your job during a time of year that is a low hiring season. Picking up a temp job will show a future boss you are committed to keeping up your skills and staying in the game, even when the going gets tough.
3. Temping Exposes You To a Variety of Skills and Environments
Some people enjoy temporary work because it allows them to expand their skill-set and offers exposure to different environments they would not have access to otherwise. Maybe you aren’t sure exactly where you want to land next, and taking a temp job or two could offer valuable experience in different sectors and positions.
4. You Can Always Leave
Another concern you might have is that the perfect permanent job will open up after you’ve committed to a six-month temp job. The good news here, is that temp jobs are like permanent jobs, in that you can give your two-weeks’ notice and move on when the right opportunity comes your way. As long as you let your recruiter know you are hunting for something more permanent and stay in good communication with them, the transition should be smooth and respectful.
So, If You Want a Permanent Job, Should You Temp?
The answer to this question is ultimately personal and dependant on your situation. But while temporary work might not be the job of your dreams, there are very respectable reasons for taking a temp job. Many people out there have used temping as a springboard into a fulfilling career. And at Allstaff Services, Inc. (with offices in Mesa, Phoenix and Tucson), we are here to help you find the perfect solution for your current job search. Check out our job listings today!