Considering Temporary Work? You Should

December 16th, 2016

You’re on the job market and you’re looking for a full-time, permanent position that can keep you engaged, cover your bills, and support the long-term growth of your career. You want the whole package, and you have no plans to accept any compromise on any of these terms. But here’s the problem: You’ve been looking for a long time. And with every week that passes, your resume gap is getting wider and your bank account is getting thinner. You want what you want…but while you search for your next permanent role, consider taking on a temporary job in the meantime. Here’s why.

A temporary job keeps you in circulation.

As you build your career, you rely on your personal network to help you find and access hidden opportunities. And a temporary job can expose you to a new workplace, new people, new points of view, new relationships and maybe even some valuable new professional friendships. It’s never a bad idea to shake up your social ecosystem.

A temporary job can build new skills.

When you thing “temporary job”, you might imaging filing or joining a typing pool—but these tasks aren’t so common anymore, and most temp jobs require a higher level of skill than you might imagine. Temporary employers also tend to offer on-the-job training, and it’s never too late to learn something new.

Close your resume gap.

If you’ve been on the market for more than six months or so, your interviewers and potential employers may ask what you’ve been doing this time. If you’ve been working—no matter where or how—then your resume can answer this question for you.

A temporary job can reduce your sense of urgency.

When you have a paycheck coming in—from anywhere—then you can keep the lights on and the mortgage paid, which is nice. But staying on top of things financially can have another benefit: it keeps you from feeling like you’re running out of time, which can push you to accept the wrong position or a lower salary offer than you’d like. Patience gives you leverage at the negotiating table, and nothing builds patience like a steady income.

A temporary job can keep you in the loop.

Most industries change fast, and even if your temporary job ends in a few weeks or months, your presence in the workplace can help you stay aware of what’s going on. And who knows—even a job that’s presented as a short-term gig might evolve into a long-term opportunity. Anything can happen, but you’re more likely to recognize and take advantage of available opportunities if you’re present and paying attention.

For more on how to find and land a temporary job that can help support your career, turn to the Charlotte staffing experts at PSU.

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Don’t Wait for Your Performance Review: Self-Evaluate!

January 15th, 2016

If your employer follows a standard evaluation model, you’ll probably face a formal performance review process at least once per year, and this process will probably take place at the end of December. And if you’re like most employees, this annual meeting may bring a range of emotions, including dread, relief, anticipation, personal satisfaction, or the sudden urge to dust off your resume and start looking for a new job.

All of these feelings are perfectly normal. But if you’re surprised by the results of your review, something is wrong. Ideally, your employer should be providing constant feedback throughout the year, so you aren’t making the same mistakes over and over while your managers wait patiently to tell you about them in December. You shouldn’t feel ambushed by the criticism–or the praise—involved in your review. But no workplace is perfect. Consider taking responsibility for your own evaluation process by reviewing yourself.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself (the best part: you can ask them during any season you choose).

Would you consider yourself an asset to this company?

Rate the value of your overall contributions on a scale of 1 to 5. Do you show up and complete the minimum (1)? Or do you genuinely care about this company and its future (5)? Do you really want this organization to succeed, and are you willing to do anything within reason (and the limits of your paycheck) to make this happen?

Do you recover and learn from mistakes?

We all make mistakes. And in fact, those who fear mistakes tend to avoid risk and miss opportunities to grow and learn new things. Valuable employees are not the ones who never mess up; they’re the ones who mess up, recover quickly, and learn from the experience. Give yourself a 5 if you habitually bounce back from your blunders by putting the mistake in the past and working hard not to commit the same error again.

Are you pleasant and easy to work with?

There’s nothing wrong with being a little hard-headed at work—as long as your stubbornness and bellicosity are exercised on the behalf of the company, its employees, or its clients. If you only put on your boxing gloves in order to protect weaker employees or customers, give yourself a five. If you wage war over the annoying behavior of others, or you lash out at anyone who disagrees with you, give yourself a 1.

Are you neat, organized, and on time?

This doesn’t just matter at the entry level. In fact, mid-career pros and executives often excuse themselves from these requirements, but they shouldn’t. Your 10 a.m. start time and messy desk don’t tell the world that you work hard; they tell the world that you’re struggling to keep your responsibilities under control.

Give yourself some honest feedback about your presentation and productivity about work. And if you need a little help to boost your numbers, reach out to the staffing team at PSU.

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