Temporary employment is at once an internship, an interview, an occupation, and a downsizing. To ignore any one of these facets in your temporary position would result in missing out on some invaluable benefits of short-term work. Below are some keys to prioritize in order to feel the inclining value of temping, and not feel like you’re treading water with every new start. These are a few ways to maximize your personal gain from a temporary position:
Learn New Skills
The expiration date of short-term employment can be viewed as a detriment, or as motivation. Every work environment has a vast amount of resources that are being put to use, every single day. Those resources are invaluable tools that, once learned, can bolster your resume, sharpen your skills, and make you available for even more covetable positions down the road. While this is sometimes in addition to the tasks you’ve been formally assigned, it is likely that once your workload has been determined you will be able to detect an additional avenue that will both help with productivity and simultaneously benefit you. Remember the educational aspect of short term work, and feel the benefits of ‘graduating’ at the conclusion of your time there.
Know Your Limitations
To volunteer for every additional opportunity that comes your way in a temp position would be unfruitful and unproductive — for both you and the company you work for. To define your areas of interest and expertise not only helps you hone in on the projects that will be most beneficial, but it will also put you in the position to be effective. To volunteer blindly for a task you might not be equipped to carry out can actually work against you by projecting that you don’t understand your own limitations. Being specific with what you take on demonstrates responsibility, and gives your employer a much clearer understanding of your career path, which makes that evasive long-term position in your field all the more easily offered if the fit is there.
Get To Know Everyone
Remember that the person who offers you your next career break may not be the one who you directly report to now. Understand who everyone around you is, what they do, and how your skills match with theirs. Creating and maintaining lasting connections will help you in your future pursuits: instead of starting from scratch to find your next lead in, you’ll have a reference in your field to act in advocacy of you.
Do Complete Work
By design, most temporary work is set out to fulfill an assignment. Because of this design, temporary employees are not afforded the same metered working pace as a full-time worker. While some expectations are the same — punctuality, productivity, positive attitude — the fundamental difference between the positions is that once the job is over, it’s over. While the idea of prospecting for another position sooner than you have to may seem counter-intuitive, exemplary temporary workers work efficiently and effectively to complete the task at hand. While that might have you completing your objective slightly sooner than you expected, exceeding your expectations will lead to a stronger recommendation for future, even full-time, work.
Be Okay With Moving On
Even after exceeding all expectations in your temporary position, it is highly likely that, upon your job’s completion, your time there will be over (at least until they need you for their next short-term duration). Expecting full-time offers from a temporary position can be a pitfall that temp-workers can fall into: one that can lead to over-assertiveness and unnecessary resentment should that offer not come as anticipated. While you might be right, and the company you work for may be wise to hire you on a more permanent basis, that is not the inherent design of temporary work. There is likely a myriad of reasons that offer you’re wishing for doesn’t come. The best thing you can do is express your interest, keep the door open for future compatibility, and leave having made the best impression that you can while acquiring more skills to help you in the future.
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These were just a few ways to maximize your personal gain from a temporary position. At Pinnacle Accounting and Finance, we understand the temporary employment market, and work with both companies and candidates to make lasting, effective connections. Whether tasked with filling a permanent position, or providing temporary assistance, our experts will navigate the industry, and the talent available, to facilitate success. If you’ve decided to seek assistance in your hiring needs, we encourage you to contact us, and allow us to be of service.