7. Shed light on what's next. For those lacking a firm idea of where they're heading, dabbling in a temporary assignment or two could help you "find the next step in your career," Marx says.
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8. Pick up new skills. View the job, particularly if it's not related to your past professional life, as a means to extend your know-how and experiment with a new field. "A number of people will use temporary work to help them develop new skills or open the door to a new industry they haven't been in before," Marx says.
Khalid Hart, a temporary worker turned full-time employee who used Adecco's services, wrote in an email that working in the manufacturing and telecommunications field built upon pre-existing skills. "I had a solid understanding of troubleshooting systems prior to my temporary employment, but this environment I was now working in really expanded my skills," he writes.
9. Expand your contacts. The employer you're working for may not have an opening when the stint ends, but if you made personal and professional inroads during your time there, you may leave with solid references, Marx says.
"Those connections as you continue to network [will] help lead you to that right long-term position," she adds.
10. Earn respect of future employers. You may be skittish about venturing out to a different career arena, but a future company sizing up your résumé will be impressed by the decision to work in a field foreign to your expertise rather than not working at all.
Even if a temporary job isn't in line with what you were doing before, Marx says, "it's better from an employer's point of view if you show that you continued to work."