Picking Up New Skills Through Temp Jobs

Struggling to find work? Stuck in a dead-end job? Want to “level up” in your chosen field?

Temp jobs may be a great option! According to the American Staffing Association, 9 out of 10 temporary workers say that staffing work makes them more employable.

Working as a temp allows you to pick up new skills – often faster than you would in a direct hire position. With each assignment, you’re presented with a fresh set of challenges, a new work environment and the opportunity to grow both within and beyond your chosen field.

So if you’re looking to build your job skills through temporary assignments, use these three tips from PrideStaff to pick up the skills you need – and get the most from every temporary employment experience:

Use the right criteria when selecting assignments. Many temporaries choose assignments based on pay, location or work hours, however, if you want to maximize temp jobs as a way to build skills you should select assignments based on the learning opportunities they offer. Let your PrideStaff recruiter know exactly what your learning goals are (i.e., the specific skills you want to develop). When our staffing experts understand your needs, we can do the best job matching you with opportunities that support skills acquisition.

Step outside your comfort zone. Growing within your chosen field requires you to take on new responsibilities. So rather than opting for “safe” assignments that only draw upon your existing skills, force yourself to push the envelope a bit. When you meet with your PrideStaff recruiter, discuss your need for challenging assignments that will help you develop new skills and assume new responsibilities.

Learn everything you can while on the job. When you’re on assignment, maximize your potential for learning. In addition to performing the assigned job, learn all you can about the employer, the industry and potential career opportunities. Ask questions, observe co-workers and take as much knowledge and experience away from each assignment as you can.


Pick up new skills through PrideStaff.

Free software training is available through PrideStaff. When you register with our national employment agency, you can take advantage of free training on several computer software systems, including Microsoft Office. Improving your proficiency in these areas will make you more marketable as a job candidate. Contact your recruiter directly for more details on how to get started.

If you are looking for work, PrideStaff offers temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire opportunities at all skill and experience levels.  Contact the PrideStaff office in your area to find out more about great local job opportunities.