Q. I’ve been out of work for over a year now. I’ve really been looking for another perm job, but now I’m starting to think I might want to consider temp work. If I take a temp job, will that hurt my chances of getting a perm job?

A. No, quite the opposite is the case. It will probably help your chances. In the current environment, many of our clients are primarily looking for temporaries or temporaries to hire. Even when a client is ready to make a full-time hire, they are still mostly drawing from their pool of temporary workers. The economy is improving, but employers are still very uncertain and want to protect themselves from potential downturns. They have work that needs to get done, but they aren’t ready for the commitment of hiring somebody yet. That has made temporary a perfect choice for them. And, since they are able to get to know somebody and their work-style while the prospective employee is engaged in a temporary assignment, that’s the first place companies tend to look when they are ready to hire.