When you’re working a temp job, it can feel like heading into the office is a waste of time. The position isn’t permanent and it may not be exactly what you’d like to be doing with your career. However, if you readjust your perspective on the situation, you can make the most of your temp job and use it to create worthwhile career opportunities for yourself. Here’s how to maximize your temp job:
Make connections, but don’t be the focus of the office
You want to build a network of connections within the office. People should know you and feel connected to you. At the same time, you don’t want to be the reason everyone at work is talking. Make it a point to steer clear of office gossip. Don’t be the one who’s dating all of your co-workers or getting highly intoxicated with them at Happy Hour. They should have only positive and pleasant things to say about you.
Welcome every task with a positive attitude
So you may not love every job you do. That’s okay. But don’t let this impact your attitude. Regardless of what you’re asked to do, maintain an enthusiastic and cheerful attitude, and make it a point to excel at whatever it is you’re working on in that moment.
Learn as much as you can
Regardless of what department you’re in, make it a point to learn as much as you can. If you have someone who’s willing to serve as a mentor, go above and beyond to learn from this person, even if that means staying later or coming in earlier to make this happen. Temp jobs can be wonderful learning experiences if you’re willing to put in a little extra effort.
Lastly, it’s important to accept criticism well, even when you’re in a temporary role. When you’re able to take feedback seriously without getting offended, you become a more valuable and pleasant employee. This is a skill you’ll need to cultivate, regardless of the career opportunity you pursue next.