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Whether you have considered it or not, here are 5 reasons why accepting a temporary contract whilst seeking your next role could be good for your career.
For any short-term contract, being able to come in and get on with the job is a necessity. In most instances, you will receive some form of training, however in others, you may have to learn on the job. Learning new skills or undertaking tasks you haven’t been exposed to before will add value to your CV.
A temporary assignment could help you to upskill in various aspects of your career, or it may highlight the skills you do and don’t enjoy using when considering that next career move. With a temporary contract, you need to be able to integrate into a new organisation and role as quickly as possible. This is a skill in itself and will prove you are able to ‘hit the ground running’ when being interviewed for a permanent role.
A lot of job seekers are unsure about their next career move and direction. Use your temporary contract to assess what is important to you before you commit to a more permanent role. Working for other companies will also introduce you to new working styles, values, and company cultures. If you are looking to change career or take on a less responsible role, temporary assignments are a great way to try before you buy – so identify assignments that match some that criteria to gain first-hand experience.
You may be one of many temporary employees hired, so this could be a great opportunity to build a new network of contacts. Take the time to get to know your new colleagues and understand more about them. What is their experience, and what could you learn from them? If they are an existing permanent employee, they may be able to give you some insight into potential permanent roles within the organisation or industry.
Connect with them on LinkedIn so they can learn more about your professional experience to date.
Taking on a temporary contract will immediately allow you to close any gaps on your CV. Employers and recruiters will see that you are keeping your skills current and that you are open to taking on new responsibilities and challenges. If you are temping through recruitment agencies, any positive feedback they receive regarding your temporary contract will encourage them to search for permanent opportunities for you.
As obvious as it may be, you will be paid for your temporary assignments. There could be opportunities for overtime or to take on additional hours or shifts. A lot of job seekers volunteer to gain more experience or pay for training in areas they want to upskill in. Paid temporary contracts may provide you with both!
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