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The Value of Taking a Temporary Job During a Time of Uncertainty

Since the onset of Covid-19, approximately 30 million Americans have been on unemployment. During a single two-week period in early July, 4.1 million lost their jobs. It’s been a rough ride, but history has shown that temporary jobs are a hot commodity once an economy begins to recover.

  • As the job market expands again, companies will need to bridge the gaps created by recent layoffs. A quick, efficient way to do this is hiring temporary workers. Eventually, those same employers will transition into hiring full-time employees. When that time comes, those who have been working as temps will likely have a competitive edge.
  • Temping is a strategic way to gain marketable skills and make valuable professional contacts. If you play your cards right, you can turn a temporary assignment into a permanent career opportunity.

Grab Ahold of That Lifeline

A temporary job can be a lifeline during uncertain times – whether you’ve been laid off or you’re seeking added income or peace of mind while you apply for a more long-term commitment. You may want to experiment with new and different career options in various fields, including:

  • Accounting and finance: With taxes, payroll, and work staff in flux and the need to manage PPP loans during the pandemic, companies need bookkeeping and financial support to weather the crisis.
  • Healthcare: The opportunities are wide open as this global crisis continues to be addressed. Just one example is the burgeoning demand for telehealth professionals.

If and when you’re ready, use these tips to land a permanent job as a result of your temporary position:

  • Treat your temporary assignment like a permanent job. Prove to your employer that you deserve to keep your position by adding value at every chance you get. Show your dedication to the company by going above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Take initiative. Do more than is required of you. Complete your tasks ahead of time. Then, don’t hesitate to branch out on your own. Learn as much as you can about your role, the company and its industry. Use that knowledge to bring something unique to the table.
  • Consider your temporary assignment a lengthy interview. Now that you have your foot in the door prove to your boss that you have what it takes to stay there. Keep yourself motivated by looking at your temporary job as an extended interview.
  • Be a team player. Build connections with other employees. Get to know the company culture, history, and clients to demonstrate your interest further.

The right job for you is closer than you think, even in these unsettled times. The PrideStaff team can help you find the opportunity that aligns with your goals, plans, and vision, whether it’s temporary, temp-to-hire, or full time. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.

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