5 Ways Temporary Work Helps Your Permanent Job Search

Posted on: 11 January 2022

Many Americans in 2021 and 2022 are looking for new jobs for a variety of personal reasons. But if you want a permanent job, should you consider taking on a temporary one right now? A temp job can be beneficial in your search for a new long-term position in several ways. Here are five to consider.

1. Staffing Agencies Have a Network

Each staffing agency works with a wide range of local employers. These employers return to the agency time and again with different jobs. All this means that when you start working with the staffing service, you get access to their network — which is undoubtedly larger and more diverse than most job seekers'.

2. You Build New or Dormant Skills

Perhaps you've been doing one job for a long time. Maybe you want to change careers. Possibly you were denied promotions at your old workplace. Whatever the reason, if you want to expand your skill set, this is a good way to do so. You can take temporary positions and get training in new software, technology, tools, and industries. All this boosts your resume.

3. They Help Update Interview Skills

A staffing company knows what the employer market is looking for. They're used to helping workers of various types to update their resumes, improve interview skills, learn how to network, explain challenges in their job history, and develop needed skills for the marketplace. No matter what you could use help with, they can often provide resources.

4. You Can Try Out New Things

Leaving a position or a career after many years is nerve-wracking. What if you don't like what you think you will enjoy? What if it's harder to learn certain skills? What if you're not a people person? Temp jobs can serve as a trial run for making certain changes. There is little or no commitment, and you can try more than one new type of position or skill before deciding.

5. You Get Access to Recruiters

As you work with staffing agency personnel, they get to know your skill set and personality. This allows them to recommend you for other postings later on. In essence, they work as job-hunting allies or even a type of recruiter. Those future jobs may be permanent or they may be in fields you've come to enjoy during your temp work. Either way, you're not on your own finding prospects. 

Want to know more about how temporary staffing jobs can help your search for a new permanent position? Start by meeting with a temporary job staffing service in your area today.