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Three Ways to Improve Your Transferrable Skills by Accepting a Temp Job

Let’s face it — you need some Lehigh Valley job search help. You’ve been pursuing new opportunities for awhile now, but keep getting passed up.

It can certainly be discouraging when your skillset seems to fall short of your competition, but that just means you need to do a little learning. Working with a recruiter to secure a temp job that will allow you to boost your transferrable skills — i.e., communication, problem-solving, attention to detail — can be the perfect solution.

Here’s what you have to gain by taking this route.

Three Ways to Improve Your Transferrable Skills With a Temp Job

Know What Skills You Want to Focus On

No job places a heavy emphasis on every transferrable skill, so decide which ones you want to sharpen the most. This will help your recruiter find a position that that allows you to grow in the right direction. For example, if you want to improve your basic software skills, let your recruiter know, so they can find you a temp job that involves working with programs like Microsoft Office, QuickBooks or Google Docs.

Take Advantage of Every Opportunity to Improve

The responsibilities associated with your temp job will help boost the transferrable skills on your priority list. However, you’ll likely be privy to other chances to learn during your time with the company. Initiatives like helping overburdened colleagues with their workload and volunteering to take on extra assignments can allow you to sharpen extra skills, ensuring you get the most from the experience.

Seek Feedback From Others

Unless you ask, it’s hard to know exactly how you’re progressing in your quest to improve your transferrable skills. Requesting feedback from your manager, colleague or recruiter will help you gauge your progress. This will allow you to know whether you’re on track to meet your goals or if you need to take it up a notch.

Ready to take the next step in your career? HTSS, Inc. is here to help you find the perfect fit in the Lehigh Valley. Contact us today to start your search!


CEO Letter

As a staffing and recruitment professional for over  30 years, I have seen many changes in the industry. Over that time, I’ve witnessed a transformation in the way organizations view staffing services. Today, we see more and more companies using staffing services as a strategic tool, rather than just for temporary fill-ins.

At HTSS, Inc., our focus is on helping companies create proactive workforce plans. Our goal is to help our clients use staffing strategically to increase capacity, overcome hiring freezes, access specialized talent, better manage increased workloads, and enhance overall productivity.

For our candidates, we help to uncover truly rewarding job opportunities—jobs that are a match to each candidate’s skills, and jobs that offer key experience and growth potential.

We look forward to strengthening our relationships with our current clients and candidates, as well as forming new and exciting partnerships in the future.


Pat Howells
HTSS, Inc.