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Get a Temporary Job

(Date posted: November 6, 2009)

This page shows how to earn extra cash by getting a temporary job. Regardless of the economy, there are always some employers who have temporary jobs available. You just have to know how to find them.

The information on this page will help you find a temporary job and get hired.

Here are the topics:

Benefits of a temporary job
Kinds of temporary jobs available
Ways to look for jobs
Websites for searching for jobs
Tips on getting hired

Points to emphasize when seeking a job:

(1) Consider the employer's needs, desires, and viewpoint.

(2) Your job, should you accept the assignment, is to help the employer make money.

(3) Traits to embody -- ambition, cooperation, dependability, enthusiasm, honesty, and persistence.


Before using this information to earn extra cash be sure to read the following notice: Disclaimer

Benefits of a temporary job

The need for temporary jobs increases during recessions, when employers may be reluctant to take on permanent employees.

Temporary jobs provide a good way to learn a particular occupation. They also let you ease into the workforce. So if you aren't quite sure what to do with your life, you can use these types of jobs to explore some possibilities. The same thing applies if you have been out of the work force for several years.

These jobs also let you plan your personal life without having the restrictions of a full-time job. The drawback, of course, is the limitation on the amount of money you can earn.

So use these jobs while they offer an advantage. At some point, you may choose to seek out a full-time job.

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Kinds of temporary jobs available

Temporary jobs normally are full-time (eight hours a day) work, but the job may only last for a few weeks or a few months.

Temporary jobs exist in almost all occupations. They provide a flexible means of earning extra income. Usually you can go from one temporary job to another, which almost amounts to full-time employment. However, you have the freedom to get a temporary job only when you need some extra money.

Following are typical occupations that may have openings for temporary jobs:

  • Accounting/finance
  • Advertising/public relations
  • Aerospace/aviation
  • Arts/entertainment/publishing
  • Banking/mortgage
  • Business development
  • Clerical/administrative
  • Construction
  • Customer service
  • Education/training
  • Engineering
  • Government/military
  • Health care
  • Hospitality/travel
  • Human resources
  • Insurance
  • Internet
  • Job search
  • Law enforcement/security
  • Legal
  • Maintenance
  • Management/executive
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Mechanic
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Professional services
  • Quality control
  • Real estate
  • Restaurant/food service
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • Science/research
  • Skilled labor
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

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Ways to look for jobs

There are several ways to search for available jobs. You can look in places where employers announce their job openings. Examples would be the "help wanted" section of classified advertisements in newspapers and the "jobs" section of craigslist for your desired city.

You could go around to business firms in your local area to see if they have any job openings. You might want to leave your resume if the business looks appealing.

You could ask your family and friends if they know of any possible job openings that might be suitable for you.

You could visit the local offices or Internet sites of job placement firms. Look under "Employment Agencies" in the yellow pages of your local telephone book. Keep in mind though that some of these employment agencies charge a fee for their services. This fee is usually paid by the job applicant. However, if employers are desperate enough, they might be willing to pay the fee.

Perhaps best of all, you can use the next topic to hunt at job search websites.

It may, or may not, be a good idea to visit or move to a new area in search of a job. You might want to write to the local Chamber of Commerce first to inquire about job prospects in that city.

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Websites for searching for jobs

These job search websites are an easy way to conduct job hunting. When a website has a search selection box that allows for keywords you usually can enter "temporary" as a keyword. This lets you search for temporary jobs instead of full-time jobs.

Following are some popular job search websites:

Full-time, part-time, and temporary jobs

Jobster® lets you search for jobs based on keyword (job title, company name, or other keyword) and location (city, state, or zip code).

Monster® lets you search for jobs based on keyword (job title, company name, or other keyword) and location (city, state, or zip code). Website has job listings for US locations and international locations. Monster.com has a very sophisticated array of career tools.

SimplyHired® lets you search for jobs by entering keyword (job title, skills, company name, or other keyword) and location (city, state, or zip code).

Yahoo! hot jobs® lets you search for jobs by entering keyword (job title, skills, company name, or other keyword) and location (city, state, or zip code). You can also select (or not select) a job category. They also have career tools, and they accept resumes.

Hourly and full-time jobs

AllRetailJobs.com claims to have the largest retail job board. They provide search for hourly retail jobs, retail management careers, and jobs by location. You can post your resume in their private database. This website is free for job seekers.

Hourly and part-time jobs

SnagAJob.com® claims to be the #1 source for hourly and part-time jobs. They supposedly have 100,000 job listings from top employers across the United States. They cover both full-time and part-time jobs. Enter your zip code and get back a list of companies with job openings.

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Tips on getting hired

If you receive an offer for a job interview, it is best to make some preparations. Do some research on what the company does. The interviewer probably will be very impressed with your knowledge of the company.

Here are some possible questions to answer in your research:

  • Is the company growing, maturing, or declining?
  • What kind of problems and opportunities do they face?
  • How can you help the company achieve their goals?

Consider the three Points to emphasize when seeking a job.

Show up for the interview on time, neatly groomed, and wearing the appropriate attire. If you aren't sure what to wear, telephone the human resources department of the company. (For a small company, telephone the receptionist.)

During the interview, show your interest in the company and its future. Don't act as if your only interest is to use the company as a meal ticket. Show how you can help advance the goals of the company.

After the interview is over, thank the person for his or her time. Send a follow-up letter a few days later to thank the company for the interview and perhaps inquire into your chances of being hired.

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