Many job seekers shy away from agency or temp positions (also known as supplemental staffing opportunities) for various reasons, usually based on a feeling that a temporary or contract job may interfere with their chance at a full-time job. However, supplemental staffing jobs can often prove beneficial in the long run. Here’s why:
- You Get to Try Things on for Size
This approach allows both parties to ‘try things out’ in a real-world setting. Temporary employees can get real-life exposure to the work environment and determine if the company culture or industry is a good fit – before making a long-term commitment. Hiring managers may also use temp roles as a real life means to evaluate individuals for future full-time positions. If you excel in a short-term role and prove to be an exceptional resource, your work may just lead you to a full-time job somewhere down the road.
- Will Work for References
Give it your all! Short-term positions are great places to demonstrate your potential. Doing an exceptional job can get you a professional reference for the next role you seek, putting you ahead of your competition. An excellent reference is priceless and makes the difference when competing with others for the best jobs. If you do not have three reliable, recent references in your back pocket, you may find yourself being turned away for positions. Stack the deck in your favor.
- Skills, Skills, Skills
An underappreciated benefit of a supplemental position is related to the acquisition of new skills. Anytime you are assuming a role with responsibilities; you are gaining valuable, transferable skills. As you come to learn what makes you successful in your job, you gain insight and expertise into an industry that can help you move to the next level. Skills are critical and the more you can obtain (and expand) your work skillset the more attractive you will be to future employers.
- It is Good for the Soul (and the Wallet)
Even if you are not taking on a dream role, employment keeps you feeling whole, your self-worth high, and your spirit strong. Knowing that your temp job is not to be forever will keep your mind clear to spend your free time searching for a full-time position. Choose a role that provides access to networks or teaches a new skill, not just a job where you show up and count the minutes on the clock. And reap the benefits of having some spending money.
So, do yourself a favor, and consider supplemental staffing positions – even if you are looking for full-time roles. Keep an open mind and take a moment to look at the available short-term and contract positions on the Masiello Website. Be sure to focus on positions that provide an opportunity for you to increase your existing skills or teach you new ones. If you see a match – let us know, and we will be sure to get you the full scoop. Then you can decide if the opportunity might be helpful to your career.