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6 Tips for Making the Most of a Temporary Job

August 7th, 2017

From freelancing, to supplementing additional income, to serving as an interim stepping stone during a job search, temporary jobs can be extremely valuable in a variety of ways.  What was once viewed as additional help for administrative professionals or retail workers during busy seasons, the “temporary job” has taken on a whole new meaning over the past few years. Whether you are new to the job force or find yourself in between opportunities, accepting a temporary job can provide so much more than simply helping you stay afloat financially. If you are in the midst of a temporary position (or about to begin one), consider these tips to make the most of your current job:

  1. Boost your skills. Working a temporary job provides an incredible opportunity to learn new skills! Hone the skills you already possess while utilizing your current company and colleagues around you. Now is the perfect time to gain additional knowledge and experiences to make you even more marketable!
  2. Stay positive. Knowing an end is in sight can make it too easy to become disheartened while working a temporary job. To avoid this, change your viewpoint to put a positive spin on your current situation. This temporary opportunity is allowing you to gain insider industry information while boosting your skills in a field that clearly needs additional helping hands – and your name will be remembered for future hiring potential!
  3. Work your network. Undoubtedly, you are or will be developing new contacts through your temporary job. Be sure to put in exceptional work each day you are on the job and keep in contact once the contract has ended! Knowing your end date can even work to your advantage by letting your current network know when you will be looking for new opportunities!
  4. Actively participate. You may be new to the company or field, but that can be a good thing! You’re bringing fresh perspective from the outside so if you have an idea or a suggestion, speak up! Try to view this time as an extended interview and take advantage of everything the temporary job offers.
  5. Do your research. This is your chance to learn everything you can about the industry or business. Take in the company culture – would something comparable be a good fit for you, or do you need something different to be fulfilled long term? Absorbing as much as you can within the timeframe you’ve been given will help you glean insight on what will help you thrive professionally.
  6. Partner with a recruiter. Many companies believe the best candidates are the ones who are already working – and that’s you! Partnering with a recruiter who knows the ins and outs of the industry in your area provides the best potential for finding your next great opportunity once your temporary position is complete.

Temporary jobs can provide invaluable experience to job seekers at any stage on their career path. 1st Staffing Group prides itself in helping Midland job seekers find their best-fit job with their extensive network of top Texas employers. Contact 1st Staffing Group today to land your next great job in Midland, TX!

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