If you are working in the insurance industry, you may at one time or another take on a temporary assignment. If that is the case, don’t try to hide or downplay your temporary employment out of fear, it might not look good to a potential employer.
In the first place, having a temporary position in today’s economy is not uncommon. Companies are increasingly relying on contingent and contract workers. It has become a big part of the business world. There are many people in your position.
But there are many positive aspects of temporary employment as well, aspects that you can use to your advantage when applying for a job.
The first thing it shows is initiative. You were willing to go out and find work even if it was not the optimal situation. It shows an employer that you did what you could to find employment, rather than remain idle and let your skills atrophy. In fact, temporary positions often become permanent if you impress your employer. Even if you are not hired full-time, the employer can end up being a good reference for another job.
It also shows adaptability. With a temporary position you are entering a completely new environment. You have to learn new ways of doing things, learn about a new company culture, and get to know new people. You have to be flexible and open-minded. You have to be a fast study, to learn a new system and apply it quickly. These are all qualities that would be valuable to any potential employer.
Another advantage of a temporary assignment is what you learn from it. As you meet, work with and interact with new people, you learn from them. You learn new ways of doing things, new processes and procedures, and gain new perspectives. A temporary assignment is really a good way to increase your knowledge and expertise, both of which are great selling points to employers.
Moreover, a temporary assignment is an opportunity to add to your professional network. Again, you meet new people and create new professional relationships. These would be valuable in any new job.