CAREER DEVELOPMENT / MAR. 07, 2015
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4 Ways Temping Can Improve Your Long-Term Career Prospects

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The thought of working as a temp might not be particularly appealing. In some cases, you might feel like you’re right at the bottom of the chain. You spend your day making coffee and taking care of the menial jobs that the more ’important’ people can’t be bothered doing. But don’t believe everything you hear; temping isn’t all bad – far from it actually. Spending some time working as a temp can be hugely beneficial.

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1. It can lead to full-time employment.

I can speak from experience on this one. I joined a temp agency after graduating from university and ended up with a job at the end of it. I was supposed to be working at this place for a mere two weeks; but I liked them, and they liked me, so a year later I’m still there!

The truth is that some temp work will be just that – temp work. So, don’t go getting your hopes up every time you start at a new office. But some places might be willing to take you on if you do a good job. So, treat every new placement as a trial for a long-term job. Show what you’re worth and you might just be rewarded with long-term employment.

2. It fills in the gaps on your CV.

Unemployment sucks! It’s easy to spend your time moping around looking for jobs that just aren’t there. So, why not do something useful with your time? You’ll be able to maintain your cash flow and benefit from all of the other points outlined on this list.

Not only is it good for your mental health to get out of the house and do something with your time, it will prove to future employers that you’re not willing to sit around on your arse all day waiting for an opportunity to fall into your lap.

3. You’ll gain valuable experience.

Any time you spend working counts as work experience. You can put a positive spin on even the most rubbish jobs. So, for example, that time you hated doing all of that data entry work, you proved that you pay attention to detail and have competent IT skills.

What’s more, it’s likely that you’ll meet a few people on each placement. This might include people in various positions at the company and other temps. This means you now have ’contacts’ in the field or at the very least people that can tip you off about other work opportunities.

4. You can give jobs a test-run.

Not all of us have specific ambitions and know the exact path our careers will take. Not all of us even want to know; this is especially true of recent graduates or young professionals. So, by temping, you’ll get to try out a few different jobs to help you decide which direction you’d like to go in.

Furthermore, even if the temp job isn’t the position you envision yourself to be in in the future, it can still be useful. So, let’s say you fancy a job in PR but find yourself plopped on the reception desk throughout your temp placement. You can still learn a lot about the profession by observing and asking around. You can get a feel for the environment and make your mind up as to whether it’s a good fit for you.

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So, while you’re working your way up the career ladder towards your dream job or if you find yourself without a job for a brief period of time, you should definitely give temping a go. What have you got to lose? Nothing – but you do indeed have a lot to gain.

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