If you’re in the job market, you may be seeing postings for temporary jobs and wondering if you should apply. To help you weight the benefits of these positions, we asked a panel of professionals—many of whom have had extensive experience working temp jobs. Here’s how they weighed in:
Barbara Nevers is a mommy blogger and the founder of neolittle.com. She lives in Sherman Oaks, CA with her children and husband.
One of the biggest benefits of working a temp job is the connections that you make. I did a lot of networking in my industry, and some of those connections paid off. After college, I worked three temp jobs for 6-8 months each. All three of my managers let me use them as references when I started applying for full-time jobs.
If I didn’t work those jobs, I’m not sure who my references would’ve been. Also, temp jobs give you the opportunity to learn valuable skills for your resume. College taught me a lot, but the only way to get real experience is to get in the mix. You’ve got to get out there and do it if you want to get good at it. So if you can’t find a full-time job in your desired industry, get a temp job. You’ll learn a lot and you can add a few lines to your resume. You’ll also be able to perform much better in a full-time role when you finally land one.
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