5 reasons to apply for a temp job

02/13/17 at 06:34 PM | Published Under Job Openings by Will Temby

President Donald Trump and his team are looking at new ways of measuring the U.S. unemployment rate. Regardless of how joblessness is measured, it's safe to say that many people will always be looking to move into a new, better job.

Unfortunately, some people find themselves trapped in a seemingly endless job search. If that's the case for you, consider the following:

1. It's easier to find a temp job than you think

Securing a temp job is often relatively quick and doesn't take a huge effort, especially if you go through an agency like ours. 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 us.

We'll then search for open opportunities that seem like a good fit and pitch your resume to those companies – at no cost to you. 

You'll no doubt have to spend some time interviewing before you get an offer (like any other job), but any way you slice it, you're looking at serious savings in both time and effort.

As a bonus, there are usually many companies looking for part-time workers, leaving you with plenty of time to dedicate to job applications.

2. Temping pays the bills

Unemployment can be a huge strain on your finances, we know. But rather than panic and accept a job you know you won't like, consider temping.

Our recruiters move fast, so we can often find you multiple opportunities within a span of days. That means you can find a good balance between the income you need and the experience you want.

3. Temping will motivate you

Here's the truth of the matter: Even if you have plenty of time to apply to jobs when you're unemployed, it can be hard to muster up the motivation to do so when your pace of life has slowed down so much. But, if you get in the habit of sticking to a routine and spending your time meaningfully, you'll naturally be in a more proactive and productive state of mind.

That, in turn, means a temp job can give you the confidence and drive needed to press on with your job search after work.

4. Temping gives you variety

Temping means you'll be able to try out more jobs in a shorter time than you would otherwise, making it the perfect choice for folks who don't know where they really want to work next or are looking to broaden their core competencies. And don't forget: working in a number of different spaces, positions, and even types of companies will help you pick up some new skills along the way—which can be invaluable in setting you apart from the crowd when you eventually start searching for something more long-term. 

5. Temping is great for networking

Industry-related meetups or company happy hours are one thing, but there's no better way to get to know somebody than by working with them. If you end up at a few different companies as a temp, you'll probably work closely with a mix of people who will get to know you on a deeper level. As long as you do a good job and use the time to network like a pro, you'll be able to open up a whole new world of opportunities for yourself.

About the Author

Will-temby Will Temby

Will has enjoyed a 20-year career in leadership positions in the hospitality and travel industry throughout the U.S. with the Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton, Renaissance and Steamboat Ski and Resort corporations. Will received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 2000-2007, he served as President and CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Vice President-Special Projects for the University of Colorado Foundation from 2007 to 2009. Will is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Homeland Defense Foundation and former member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is married to Nan, has five wonderful children, and enjoys coaching, traveling, hiking, golfing and skiing.

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