How to get the most out of temporary employment
Temporary employment is a really effective way to bridge the gap between permanent positions, as well as a brilliant way to build up your skills and experiences for a future career.
Whatever your reasons for taking up temporary employment, there are certain things you should be doing to make sure you get the most out of the benefits which come with a temporary job.
First of all, don’t be put off by the word ‘temporary’.
It’s true it won’t last forever. And while temporary employment can be super-flexible, it’s also true that many temporary jobs are fixed-term contracts, lasting last from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. These jobs will probably have set weekly hours – and aren’t so flexible! Of course, this is a good thing if you want a guaranteed income for the duration of your contract, as well as structure to your week.
When you’re looking for temporary employment, think about tailoring your searches to positions which are related to the field you’d like to work in in the future.
Using a temporary position to gain a bit of exposure and a wide range of skills is very beneficial. The freedom of temporary employment means you can choose the jobs which are most likely to help you develop or work on useful skills.
So, rather than just searching across the board for the first temporary job which comes your way, spend some time tailoring your search and working out how you can make the jobs work in your favour. There is absolutely nothing wrong with keeping your future goals in mind, and strategically using temporary jobs to help you along the way.
In the same way temporary employment can help you build up your skills and experiences, they can also help you to expand your network.
Building excellent relationships with the people you work with, no matter how long you work with them for, it’s only ever going to be a good thing. However, builidng relationships takes work. Which means you can’t slack off during a temporary job just because you know you’re only going to be there for a short time.
Regardless of whether the position is related to something you would like to do in the future or not, you should always put in 100% of your effort. You never know when an employer is considering you for a permenant position, whether now, or in the future. And at the very least, you want to get a good reference at the end of it.
Temporary employmeny is a perfect opportunity to try new things. And even if you end up not liking what you are doing, you are going to gain some new skills and experiences anyway. It could be learning to use a new system or programme, or even administration tasks you’ve never done before. Everything you learn will be beneficial, so take what you can from each experience. Developing new skills and opening yourself up to new opportunities will always help you in the long run.
Finally, don’t forget to keep track of the new skills you pick up, and the experiences you have. Note them on your CV for future reference!