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5 Ways Temping Can Help Your Career

Updated on January 31, 2010

With unemployment high and new positions filling fast, Temporary Agencies can be a great way to find work. In the past ten years I have spent almost five years working as a Temporary Employee. I used to feel a little self conscious about that while watching someone glance through my work history. Then I realized all of the experience I’d gained by working in those temp positions. Now I see my time spent temping as an asset. I’d like to share the top 5 ways that temping has helped me in my employment search. If you keep an open mind and work hard you can use these to help with your own career.

1) Short term jobs can become long term jobs. When signing up with a temporary agency it is a good idea to be open for short term work as well as long term. I know, you’re probably saying “But with my bills, I really need a full time job.” I understand. There have been times when I’ve needed a full time job with no prospects. But short term jobs can turn into long term jobs. I worked a three week assignment that turned into one year. I had a week assignment turn into seven months. I’ve worked a short term assignment for a few days, and then was asked back when they needed help again. There are no guarantees that a job can turn into long term, but there aren’t guarantees that a permanent job is long term either. Temporary agencies get you back into working mode, and give you a chance.

2) A temp job can help get your foot in the door of a company or organization. People want to hire people they are comfortable with. Do your homework. If you want to work for the government, find the temp agency they work with. If you want to work in the music business, find the temp agency that works in that environment. Ask questions before you sign up. Once you are working in that organization be proactive and helpful. When a position is open you’ll have better odds of being hired. I worked for the City Government as a direct result of a temp assignment. (Note: if you are looking for a job with the government be patient, the hiring process can be lengthy).

3) Temporary jobs let you find your likes and dislikes. While working on temporary assignments make a note of environments you like and dislike.Do you find yourself more comfortable in a small office environment? A large organization? Working directly with people? Working with numbers? I found out while working in a temporary environment that it is important for me to feel like I’m doing a great job. I worked for awhile as a medical transcriptionist. I had no medical knowledge and would stumble on each word I typed. After the documents were typed they went to a quality control department. I knew my pages were getting marked up and it made me feel horrible. I went back to the agency and asked for an assignment I was better suited for. It was hard for me to pass up, but I’m glad I did it. I missed a paycheck or two but in the end I had a job I was better suited for. Finding an enjoyable job is a dream for many. Temping helps you find out what you like with the stability of one company, your agency, which looks better on your resume then excessive job hopping.

4) You can get experience in a new career field. I wanted to work in public relations. I had a bachelor’s degree and a customer service background. I applied at different places and nothing. I didn’t have the right type of experience. I communicated with the temporary agency what type of career I was interested in and mentioned I’d like jobs that would help me in that area. I found myself working in Public Outreach, and on a few other assignments that gave me experience. That is a great benefit of being a temporary employee.

5) The agency you work through will have more contacts then you do to help find you a job. Temporary agencies have mastered the art of networking. They know what companies are in the area and they know which companies are hiring. You can spend your time networking and following job lead after job lead, or simply fill out an employment application and let the temp agency do the networking work for you. This will get you a lot further then the newspaper ads and Craigslist.

Creating a career has become more challenging with the volatile times. Tricks and tips that worked before don’t work as well as they used to. Networking your way to a job is great, but it takes time to see results. A lot of the unemployed don’t have the time to wait and see results, they need results now. Temporary agencies are a great way to see results more quickly.

Working in a temporary environment can be stressful and challenging. I will be writing more articles relating to being a successful temporary employee. Temping is an employment option that will take you from your kitchen table filling out applications, to behind a desk on your way to a new career.

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      rocknrodeogirl 7 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      Thank you for your comment, Tom!! I agree temping is not for everyone, especially for people who really need job security---they end up a little too frazzled by temping.

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      Tom T 7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Terrific article. Temping is not for everyone but for some who like the challenges of learning new things all the time or people who get easily bored, temping can offer something new on a regular basis. It is not for everyone but for some it is a blessing. Great hub!

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      rocknrodeogirl 7 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      Thank you, Dylan!

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      Dylan Thomas 7 years ago from New York City

      Nice article, and congratulations on the win!

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      rocknrodeogirl 7 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      Thanks Michael, it was pretty exciting! ;)

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Congratulations on winning the Hubnugget of the week!

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      rocknrodeogirl 7 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      Thanks! =)

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Good advice!

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      rocknrodeogirl 7 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      Thanks Jill, I'm flattered that you want to use my article. I sent you an email, using the contact email address on your website. ~Sarah

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      Jill Walser 7 years ago

      Great article Sarah! As a former staffer for Northwest Staffing Resources (Bellevue office), I saw first hand how many temps were offered longer term positions. Each day of work is a job interview.

      I now share the information gained as a staffing recruiter (and later as a corporate recruiter) with my clients as the owner of I got the job! Career Services. May I reprint your article (with full credit, of course) on my blog?

      Cheers,

      Jill

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Great info, the last temp job I had turned into a 9 year career. :) I guess that's proof that a temp position can turn out to be beneficiary to both the employer & the employee. :) Congrats on being selected as a HubNugget Wannabe and best of luck to you!

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      rocknrodeogirl 7 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      I hope it helps get some of my friends motivated! I have been sending the link to a few friends who have been "job searching" for awhile. It's good to hear about others who have had success with temping too. Thanks! =)

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      obsexed 7 years ago from Sensual, USA

      These are all excellent reasons to work as a temp. Both of my sisters worked as temps when we were younger, and each of them ended up staying on as full-time employees.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Well, what a great pieces of advice. Well done! This is bound to get some people motivated! Thanks for writing x

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hahahahaha I hope not... I am sure they are proud of you. Keep going! :)

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      rocknrodeogirl 7 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      Thanks, I have been trying to spread the word! (My friends and family are probably sick of hearing about it now.) Yes, people do nned to know that temping is a good way to start a career, or learn what you like and don't like on the way to a career! =)

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi rocknrodeogirl, yes it is indeed exciting to be on the Hubnuggets List! Yaaay! Be sure to cast your vote and invite others to vote for your hub. A lot of people need to know that temping can be a good way to start something, right?

      The link to the Hubnuggets: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/Raiders-of-Th... Enjoy!

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      rocknrodeogirl 7 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      Thank You!! I wasn't expecting a Hubnugget nomination, it's pretty exciting! =)

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      Hillary 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Excellent Hub rockn! I started temping when I first started working (a long time ago:) Never forgot how valuable an experience it can be.

      Congrats on your Hubnugget nomination too!

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      Stacie L 7 years ago

      Most people don't think of temping when looking for a job...good advice.:)

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      rocknrodeogirl 7 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      Thank you! I have seen so many benefits in temping and I thought I'd share those with others!

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      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      Temping is an overlooked career move, and one that you have shown can be helpful in taking root for a permanent and full time employment within an organization. Great hub!