Temper, Temper! How To Survive Short-Term Work

A lot of people are finding it financially difficult in the modern world, and so people are trying to make ends meet by temping in the short term. But with the supposed sense of freedom in temping, as well as the benefits of being able to make ends meet, is it worth it in comparison to a full-time job? If you are one of these people that deems it beneficial right now, here is how to survive the rigmarole of temping.

The Mixed Blessings…

While a lot of people who end up in temp jobs need something to tide them over, it may be in a job that you don’t necessarily like. And while it is a means to an end, you need to make sure that you are using your time efficiently so you can look for more suitable jobs. A lot of people fall into the call center environment as a way to temp, but bad jobs can be a good springboard.

You Are Indispensable

Unfortunately, when it comes to temping, you are there to do a specific task, sometimes it is low skill, and sometimes you don’t register on their radar at all, leaving you feeling a bit on the ostracized side of things. Sorry to say this, but it is a fact of temping. And while you may want to show your potential by doing overtime, it may be better for you to work your allocated hours, calculate working hours with lunch breaks, and just do what is asked of you. You may want to make a big impression while you are there, on the off chance that they may offer you a glitzy, glamorous role. But working yourself to the bone, just for them to say “thanks very much” after two months can feel a little bit underwhelming. On the other hand, if you need money, and the option for overtime is there, that’s great, take it. But remember, this is a stop gap and treat it as such.

Try Not To Get Stuck

A lot of people stay in a temp job, because a six-month contract extends, and keeps extending. A lot of people get caught in the trap of living hand to mouth, so they have no other option but to keep the job. If you really like the job, then that is fine, but temping is just that, a temporary job. So you may not have that security that you really want.

Keep Pushing Forward

A temporary job means that they may not need you next week, and based on the personal experiences of those that have worked on a temporary basis, it is never usually that much appreciated. In this respect, a temp job is what you make of it. You may want to get the necessary job experience so you can put it on your resume, you may want to learn some new skills, but it’s important for you to keep your perspective on what this is.

It can be very difficult to work as a temp worker, but if you are using it as a springboard towards a better career, it can definitely help you in this respect, not just in the financial aspect, but it gives you the motivation to keep on trying for more suitable jobs.

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Joey

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