Doing Temp or Contract Work While Seeking Permanent Employment
In tough job markets, do whatever you can to stay afloat. So, it might mean temp assignments, contract work, freelancing, consulting, whatever. To me, it’s a good thing. It shows your not sitting back and relying solely on unemployment benefits, (After awhile, you may run out of those anyway). It shows you’re not a slacker and you’re doing what you need to do.
Meanwhile, as long as you’re out in the working world, you can say you are working. That’s important. It keeps your spirits up and it will come across in a positive way. No one will hire someone with a chip on his shoulder. No one hires anyone out of pity. Maybe youruncle will add you to the payroll but how many of us have such benevolent uncles.
Let’s not forgot about the opportunity to network while you’re out on contract assignments, temp work, etc. You never know who you’re going to meet or connect with. Plus, you might get referrals from it. Don’t be shy about telling people what you want but do it diplomatically of course.
Keep your resume sharp. Be smart about incorporating your transitional work in your work experience and skills. One thing you can do is use one broad title to encompass this period and briefly describe the work you’ve done and the skills you have used.
The people who keep moving and are continually looking for opportunities to explore are the ones who will succeed. Everyone can do it. It’s all about attitude and determination. So, get going!