|#1. It’s easier to find a Temp Job than you think.
Securing a temp job’s often relatively quick and low-effort, especially if you go through an agency like I did. To get started, all you really have to do is prepare a resume and cover letter—ideally tailored to the type of position you’re looking for—then reach out to set up an appointment with a nearby agency. Once you meet with your designated recruiting agent, you can share some specifics about your workstyle, skill set, and what kind of position and organization you’re looking for.
#2. Temping Pays the Bills (Without making your miserable)
When faced with the financial strain of unemployment, people usually go one of two routes: panic and accept a job that they know they won’t like, or stick it out in the hopes that something better will turn up before the next rent check is due. But you don’t have to choose between being broke and being miserable—temping is a perfect alternative for this scenario.
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|Most people have heard of a temp agency, but do you know how they work? Aside from being completely free to all candidates, the benefits are resounding.
If you’ve had recent changes in employment and are worried your resume is at risk of showing an unavoidable gap, considering a temporary assignment may be the key.
In addition to opportunities that are strictly temporary, some positions may go permanent after you’ve working a required minimum of hours (560) or may start permanently by being chosen within a Direct Hire program. Direct Hire placements typically involve a skill set that is beyond the entry level realm. Whether you are looking for something for a year, a few months, or looking for a long-term career, staffing agencies are a great way to get your foot in the door with a new employer that interests you.
Other desirable aspects of temporary placements:
- Faster than normal hiring process
- Receiving competitive wages
- Broadening your skillset and strengthening your resume
- Opportunity to become familiar with the position, duties and employer before committing long-term