At some point in their career, many hospitality industry professionals find themselves between jobs — and that’s okay. If you’re in this situation right now, it’s time to take action. Whether you were laid off, quit or let go is in the past; what matters is how you handle this employment pause.
It’s tempting to spend your days soaking up the Miami sun at the beach, but that won’t help you get hired any faster. Instead, consider taking on temporary jobs during this short-term break, as this is smartest way to get back on your feet.
3 Benefits of Temporary Employment
Avoid Resume Gaps
Your resume is usually the first impression you’ll make on a prospective employer, and if yours contains employment gaps, it won’t get you off to the best start. Temporary work effectively fills the gaps between permanent gigs, so you won’t have to worry about sending the wrong message. Hiring managers will be impressed with your initiative to take on temporary jobs during the interim, as this shows motivation, drive and a true passion for working in the hospitality industry.
Earn a Paycheck
Bills still have to be paid when you’re between jobs, and it can be very hard to make ends meet when you’re not earning a paycheck. Working as temp gives you the freedom to wait until the right job comes along, instead of rushing into the very first opportunity that comes your way, simply so you can pay the rent. Instead of letting money woes guide your job search, focus on finding the right fit for your skills and interests.
Make Valuable Connections
Working as a temp in the hospitality industry is an invaluable networking opportunity. Treat each position as a permanent opportunity to show employers, colleagues and clients what you have to offer. Oftentimes, companies extend job offers to temps who become a huge asset to the team, so this could easily turn into a long-term gig. Regardless, you’ll still get the chance to meet many people who could change your future for the better, so don’t miss out!
Need a little help making your next career move? Contact RMG Staffing. We offer a wide variety of employment options for top hospitality industry staffers, including temp-to-hire, direct hire and payroll staffing positions, as well as temporary staffing for banquet events.