How to Leave a Job for Temporary to Permanent Positions

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Making the decision to leave your current job for temporary to permanent positions is not always an easy decision, but there are many reasons why people choose this career path. Temporary to permanent jobs allow you to pay your bills, but they offer the freedom of working when and where you want. They also can prevent you from becoming bored with the same routine. There are a few things you should do when you leave your job to help prevent burned bridges and a lapse of work.

Start Your Job Hunt

Start looking for a temporary to permanent job before you quit your current one. Fill out applications with local temporary agencies and explain that you are in the process of quitting your job. You may have to explain your reasons for quitting, but this may prevent the agency from contacting your employer for a reference. Let the agency know they can call for a reference after you leave. Filling out applications is a good way to have several potential jobs lined up before your last day, suggests Forbes Magazine.

Letter of Resignation

Compose a letter of resignation and give two weeks notice. Never burn bridges with an employer, especially if you have worked hard and maintained a good relationship. Not only will they be able to give you a good reference, you may want to go back to work for them. Thank the employer for the opportunity and mention any new skills you learned while you were working for them, and provide an exact final day. Keep the letter professional, pleasant and to the point. Give the letter to the manager of the company or preferably the head of human resources.

Have a Financial Plan

While temp jobs can sometimes pay more than permanent jobs, you will probably not get the same benefits that you had with a career position. You need to figure out how you will pay for health insurance or save for your retirement in advance, so you won't experience a lapse in coverage or worry about future earnings. You should consider the current unemployment statistics. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in October 2013, the average length of time a person spent on unemployment was 36 weeks. You may need to cover expenses for several months before you find another job, so you need to have money saved or an alternative way to pay.

Stay Positive

After you leave your job, try to stay positive about your job search. Don't turn down any temp positions simply because you are looking for more money or you think you don't have the experience. Temp jobs can provide you with additional skills and experience for higher paying jobs, and agencies may send you on smaller jobs to determine how well you will work with larger clients.