Hi there my beautiful lovelies! Hope you guys are doing well and staying safe. Today, I want to talk to you about a question I get a lot. It’s if it is a good idea to take temporary contract position.
Should You Take a Temporary Job?
The short answer is it depends. I had a lot of messages through LinkedIn about 6 months position with a possibility to extend.
When Is It A Good Idea to Accept Temporary Job?
Temporary Job Gives You Much Needed Experience
If you are very new in your career with little or no previous experience, it is a good idea to accept to take a temporary job position. I can tell you from my over 2 decades of work experience since high school, employers prefer some experience. It’s an added cost, human time used, to train someone for a position. Hence, I can tell you that if I see someone with 6 months experience and someone with no experience, I would should the person with 6 months of experience. If you are right out of school it is a good idea to take that short-term position. After I graduated from the undergrad program I had a very hard time finding a position. I was also applying for grad school. Whether it’s a potential employer or a potential graduate program, both prefer a candidate with some experience.
Temporary JobFills Any Gaps in Resume/Application
No one likes a candidate who just sits at home. That does not come out as a good experience. Hence, whether you were laid off from your previous experience or you are right out of school, having a temporary job shows your dedication and hard work. You can explain to a potential employer or school that the temporary job was to ensure continuous learning. Trust me, any potential employer/school will appreciate that dedication. One thing that you will hear everywhere is that companies and schools don’t like gaps in resumes. For example, I had a year gap from undergraduate to grad school. I filled that gap with volunteering experience and a temporary job.
Tempory Job Helps Pay Bill
In addition to filling any gap in your resume, a temporary job provides you with the much-needed income. Most of my previous positions were grant-related, which meant that if the grant ran out and there was no additional money, I would be laid off. Since I did not have the experience, I took to position, for the paycheck and the much-needed experience. I had a vast amount of student loans, hence I could not afford to not have a job.
Hence, if you are laid off, it is a good idea to accept a temporary job so that you can get the paycheck to pay bills while giving you the cushion to apply for the more desired position. In addition, as mentioned above, it also fills the gap in your resume.
If you are changing your career to something very different from your current career, a temporary job position is fine. This is because it will be hard to get a more permanent position when you have no experience in that field. Hence, just like coming fresh out of school, if you are changing your career, the temporary job position will provide you with the much-needed experience and paycheck. Moreover, it will give you a cushion timeframe for applying for a more permanent position while filling the gap in your resume.
You Want a More Permanent Position With That Employer
If you are interested in a permanent position with the employer, taking a temporary job position will put your foot in the door of that employer. It is easier to find a position within the company than outside. Any employer will give the highest position to internal candidates than external ones. However, just keep in mind the consideration between you and external candidates with a lot more experience and credentials, that candidate will have a better chance of getting that job.
When Is It Not a Good Idea To Accept a Temporary Position?
With over 15 years of experience in my current field, it is not a good idea for me to accept a temporary position. First, it is harder to get my desired mid-level position for my field. I will give you an example, if the past year, I have been passively applying for various positions. I have applied for over 100 positions and interviewed for over 30% of those positions. I received only 2-3 offers out of those, which I ended up not accepting. Hence, it will not be a good idea to accept a temporary position because it is more likely for me to be out of that job before finding another position. Additionally, finding a position with a mid-level salary is harder.
Employers Don’t Look at It Kindly
If I have a full-time permanent position and I accept a 6 months position, potential employers will not like that since it negatively depicts my work motivation. Additionally, employers don’t like people who change jobs frequently. It shows that you are not serious about your job. However, as mentioned above, if you are laid off for no fault of your own, accepting a temporary position shows that you are serious about your career and are responsible.
If you accepting a temporary position it is likely that you will not be eligible for company benefit, where it’s insurance or 401K. If you are like me, you need to have medical benefits at all times. A temporary position will not provide that and will not meet my basic benefit needs.
In conclusion, whether to accept a temporary situation depends on your particular situation. I for one recommend that if you are going to take a term position, please choose one which is at least two years long. This way you will have more time to look for the right permanent position for you. However, if you have to pay bills and don’t have any option please take the six-month position.
My dear lovelies! Hope you find this post helpful. I would love to hear your feedback. If you have advice your opinion about temporary positions, please add it to the comment.
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