Temporary work isn’t just a stopgap measure that provides financial means until you find permanent employment. It’s a strategic move that can benefit your career significantly. In our previous blog post, we explored the concept of temporary work and the challenges it can pose. Here, we’ll help you understand how powerful temporary work can be for career advancement.
The Benefits of Temporary Work
Here are ten reasons that make temporary work a great career option:
1. Skill Enhancement and Diversification
Temporary positions often require adaptability, which can greatly benefit your career. You might find yourself working in different industries, with various teams, and on diverse projects, each of which can provide valuable insights and learning experiences. This skill diversification makes you more adaptable and enhances your overall employability.
If you’ve worked in marketing for years but decide to take a temporary position in project management, you’ll learn valuable project planning, organization, and leadership skills. These transferable skills can make you a stronger candidate for future permanent positions that may require a combination of skills from these two positions.
2. Opportunity to Build a Strong Resume
According to Zety’s 2023 HR Statistics, 91% of employers favor candidates with prior work experience, and 65% of them value candidates with relevant work experience.¹
If you’re a fresh graduate or new to your industry, a temporary job can offer a unique opportunity to gain real-world experience that you can use to build a robust resume. As you take on different assignments, you’ll encounter situations and challenges that will help you manage future permanent jobs.
You can highlight your temp work experiences on your resume to show prospective employers that you are proactive and resourceful, willing to take on various roles to continue your professional development. A well-structured resume can make a strong case for your qualifications, even if your career path has been somewhat unconventional.
3. Gaining In-Depth Experience
Temporary positions often offer the chance to work on high-impact projects, leading to substantial experience that you might not find in entry-level permanent roles. These experiences can enhance your resume and define your career.
For instance, if you’re a web developer who lands a temporary role with a startup, you may be tasked with creating an entire website from scratch, which could take years to achieve in a typical junior developer role. The depth of experience you gain in such a role can be a game-changer for your career.
4. Networking Opportunities
Networking is essential to career growth, and a temporary job can be an excellent way to expand your professional network. Every opportunity brings you closer to meeting new colleagues, supervisors, and clients who can open doors to future opportunities, provide valuable insights, and serve as references.
By making a positive impression through your work in temporary positions, you can create a network of individuals who may think of you when permanent positions become available in their organizations or refer you to others in their professional circles.
5. Demonstrating Work Ethic and Reliability
Reliability and a strong work ethic are highly valued qualities in any profession. Temp jobs provide you with the chance to demonstrate these attributes. When you consistently meet deadlines, exceed expectations, and show dedication to your temporary roles, you are building a reputation for being a dependable and hardworking professional.
This reputation can follow you in your career journey and lead to referrals and recommendations from previous employers. It can also help you stand out when you apply for permanent positions, as employers are more likely to consider candidates with a proven reliability and commitment track record.
6. Testing the Waters
Temporary employment allows you to explore different companies, industries, and roles before committing to a long-term career path. This testing phase can help you determine what truly aligns with your interests and career goals.
Perhaps you’re interested in transitioning from a corporate environment to a nonprofit organization but want to test the waters before making a permanent change. A temporary position can help you assess whether this shift is the right choice without risking your reputation for a long-term commitment.
7. Filling Employment Gaps
Life doesn’t always go as planned, and employment gaps can occur for various reasons, such as layoffs, personal circumstances, or career transitions. Temporary employment can be a practical solution to fill these gaps while you continue to search for your ideal permanent position.
Employment gaps can be a concern for some employers. By engaging in temp jobs, you demonstrate that you are proactive and committed to staying engaged in your field. Instead of explaining an employment gap, you can discuss the valuable skills and experiences you gained during your temporary assignments.
8. Earning a Paycheck
Earning a paycheck through temporary work can provide financial stability and flexibility as you pursue your career goals. This income can cover your living expenses, help you pay off debts, and fund additional training or education. Plus, the financial stability from temporary employment can reduce the pressure to accept a less-than-ideal permanent position out of necessity, giving you the freedom to wait for the right opportunity.
9. Improving Interview Skills and Hirability
Temporary work still involves multiple interviews and assessments to secure positions. This can be an excellent opportunity to improve your interview skills. The more you practice and refine your interviewing techniques, the more confident and prepared you’ll be when securing permanent positions.
Additionally, you’ll have references and work experiences to discuss during interviews, making it easier to demonstrate your skills, achievements, and problem-solving abilities. Interviewers prefer candidates who provide specific and relevant examples from their previous roles.
10. Career Transition
If you’re considering a career transition, temporary jobs can be a low-risk way to make the switch. For instance, if you’re moving from a corporate career to the creative arts, you can take temporary positions to build your portfolio and gain experience in your new field.
This transitional approach can provide you with the skills, experience, and contacts needed to make a smooth and successful career change while maintaining financial stability during the transition period.
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1. Turczynski, Bart. “2023 HR Statistics: Job Search, Hiring, Recruiting & Interviews” Zety, 18 Oct. 2023, zety.com/blog/hr-statistics.