Your eyes are tearing up from staring at the computer screen for so long and it’s starting to feel like the walls of your bedroom are closing in on you. How much longer can you go on this way?
All you’ve done since graduating is apply for jobs. There was a time when you felt excited about sending your résumé off to employers, but now the thought of writing your 700th cover letter in a row makes your stomach turn.
Isn’t there something else you can do? Or at least something you can do between tailoring your résumé to this or that job description?
Actually, there might be. You might consider signing up to do some temp work.
Here’s why you might want to think about working with a temp agency while looking for a full-time job:
- You’ll get out of the house
It’s easy to go a little stir-crazy after being cooped up in your house for months applying to job after job. You’re probably burnt out after months (or maybe even after a couple of weeks!) of applying, and let’s be honest, after spending all that time alone in your room, you’re probably not producing the best material to send out.
That’s why you really need to take a break and get out of the house for a while. But when you aren’t making any money, it can be hard to justify taking a break from applying to jobs to go out on the town.
Working with a temp agency is the perfect way to leave the house without any of the guilt. You’ll be working in an environment that is not made up of your laptop and that old bean bag chair you’ve had since you were eight. And, unlike sending out résumés or going on job interviews, the results of your efforts will be immediate. This can really improve your attitude and leave you refreshed to return to the job search with the enthusiasm you began it with.
- You’ll make a bit of cash
It may not be much (it’s hourly work and usually the agency will take a portion of your earnings), but at least you’re making some sort of cash. A long job search after college can really start to shrink your bank account. Temping can put some of that dough back in your hands and de-stress you a little so that you refocus and nail the application/job interview!
- You’ll still have time to go to job interviews
We spoke in another post about whether or not you should take a survival job after college. Though we offer some tips about finding your way back to your intended career path after taking a non-related job, you might feel that it’s not worth the risk to take on this type of position full-time (especially since it can be difficult to go on job interviews while you’re working somewhere else).
That’s what’s so great about working with a temp agency. It lets you pick and choose the jobs you want to take (and often the duration can be flexible as well). If you have a job interview scheduled, you can keep that day free and take a job that starts on a different day.
- You’ll expand your network
Temping is the perfect opportunity to meet people. You are going into different offices and even though you might not be doing exactly what you want to do for the rest of your life, it’s still a great time to prove yourself as an excellent employee/coworker. Doing your best work and being personable can go a long way—especially if you’re temping in the industry you’re interested in.
A lot of the time employers are not only looking for hard skills, but for people who are a good “fit” with the office. If they enjoy working with you, they might consider you the next time an opening comes up.
- You’ll learn about the types of work environments you like (and don’t like)
Not only does temping present a great opportunity for others to get to know you, but also for you to be able to see what you think of them (and the environment they’re working in). You’ll get to experience all sorts of different work environments and figure out which best suits you.
After you figure this out, you can start narrowing down the positions you apply for based on your ideal company culture.
- You might get a job offer
This is by no means a guarantee, but it has been known to happen. A handful of my coworkers and a close friend of mine have gotten job offers after temping with a company. Because they worked hard and were enjoyable to interact with, the companies wanted to keep them on. So, you just never know!
Homework time! Starting to go a little crazy from writing résumé after résumé? Consider working with a temp agency (or check out some of these other alternatives to full-time jobs). Pay attention to what sorts of environments you enjoy working in and use that knowledge to narrow down the jobs you choose to apply to in the future. Do a little research to find the temp agency or agencies that are right for you—some are more generalized and others deal with specific types of placements, like tech or creative industry positions.