The short answer is yes. There are a number of benefits to working as a temp. In fact, it can do a lot to boost your career. Even if the job you get is not in your particular professional field, it will look good on a resume. Employers will certainly look more favorably on someone who has held a job or jobs than someone who has not had any experience at all. Here are a few reasons to temp.
1. You are learning new skills
Taking a temporary job will help you learn new skills. It is a great way to advance your career. And these new skills will look good on a resume as well.
In addition to picking up new skills, you are also keeping your current skills sharp and keeping your knowledge up to date. This also looks good on a resume. One of the primary concerns of employers with people who have been out of work for a while is the drop off in their skills because they have not been using them. Temping is a good way to stay sharp and keep your skills current as well.
2. Showing your dedication
Taking a temp job shows your drive, energy, and determination. It shows an employer you are willing to do what it takes to remain viable as a worker. Again, these are qualities that impress employers.
3. Gaining experience
Taking a temp job, no matter what industry, also gives you valuable work experience. It gives you experience working with people, seeing how different businesses do things. You gain new insights and ideas. If you temp at different companies, you gain a variety of experiences. Again, all of this looks good on a resume.
4. Building a network
Taking a temp job also helps you to develop a network of professional contacts. These are people who can give you advice and whom you can bounce ideas off of. Employers also know that by working at different places you gain a network of contacts, which makes you more attractive as a job candidate.
These people can also act as references for you when you apply for a job.