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Make A Stop Gap Job Work For You


f you’ve been searching for a new job for a while now or feeling burned out at your current job, you may be thinking about quitting and taking a “stop gap” job until you find the job of your dreams.

In our Job Search series we share tips and advice to help you land your dream job.

What is a stop gap job, exactly? It’s a short term job you take until you find the position you really want and is often outside of your current career field or industry.

The pandemic continues to create havoc in segments of the hiring market, with many employers remaining uncertain about the future – hiring decisions may be delayed, salaries may have been reduced or some employees may have been furloughed or laid off altogether.

A common perception is that a stop gap job is an undemanding dead end job not worth investing much time or effort in. However, if you are strategic in targeting certain industries or employers you may find it leads to many different opportunities.

First off, here are some of the benefits to taking a stop gap job.