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Can working a Temp-to-Hire position benefit your career?

Trying a temp-to-hire job is like auditioning for a play. You can try out a role for a while, see if it fits you and makes sense, and if it doesn’t work, you can always change roles. You can learn some new skills, find new ways in which the abilities you already have can be applied, pick up new networking contacts, and maybe you can find a whole new career when you aren’t looking.

Because it has been such a challenging time for many people with employers forced to cut staffing due to COVID-19 shutdown requirements and more, it is difficult to find a job that you actually will enjoy. But it doesn't have to be hard! Is it time for a change in your career, yet you don’t know how your skills can apply to a different work line? Consider a temp-to-hire position. These are jobs where a company wants an employee to fill a vacancy, which leads to a full-time position. In the long-run, how can this benefit you? Is it worth contemplating?

Here are 5 things to keep in front of mind:

Can working a Temp-to-Hire position benefit your career?

1.     You just may be qualified to be hired quicker than if you’d applied through more conventional practices.

An open position means a company needs assistance. Suppose you sign on to fill in temporarily. While there, you’re getting valuable experience and training while also showing the manager and your supervisor that you’re eager to learn and capable of doing the job. The supervisor will now be looking to you for the next long-term position.

2.     It provides quality experience for your work history.

Every job provides you with new work experiences, regardless of whether it’s in the same field or something brand new. Every job you have offers you a chance to learn something new and the opportunity to add new skills to your resume. Learn all you can. Learning new things adds flexibility and new tools to your skillset.

3.     It’s a trial for you and your new company.

A temporary position is an excellent way to see whether you like a certain kind of work without the commitment (upfront) of expecting you to stay with a company for years. These jobs give you the chance to try different kinds of positions over time, all while earning a paycheck and learning new skills. If you find something you unexpectedly feel a passion for, let your us know so we can also enlighten the company!

4.     Temporary work can help you find out what’s valuable to you.

“Company culture” and “workplace values” are an important thing to consider when looking at a company. The company culture is what an organization prioritizes and values and how it fits into a community. You might start working a job and learn they value giving back to the community in the form of quarterly volunteer opportunities. You have a chance to learn and see the kinds of things you like to be associated with while at work.

5.     The possibilities are endless!

Taking a temporary job means the expectation is that you’ll be in a position for a set amount of time. There’s no immediate obligation, from you or the company, for anything more than that. If you dislike the job, you’re only there for a short time. You can try something else next time around. You might stumble into something you’re unexpectedly love.

If you’re ready to look at something new, either for now or for the long haul, get a hold of us and let’s get started. Supplemental Staffing works with great companies, with plenty of temp-to-hire opportunities.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Re-Entering the Workforce, Preparing for an Interview, Temp-to-Hire, Employment Agency, Gaining Experience, Contract-to-Hire, Resume, Changing Jobs