A short-term, temporary situation can be valuable because it keeps you active in the field, and may even evolve into a full-time position. You have to make a commitment for the length of the assignment, but it gives you an opportunity to add a new experience to your resume while generating some revenue.

Sources: Steven Williams, PhD, director of industry and market research, American Society of Association Executives; Sheryl Sookman, CMP, principal, The MeetingConnection, Novato, Calif.; Jim Zaniello, recruiter, Association Strategies, Arlington, Va.; Barbara Dunlavey, CMP, director of meetings and exhibits, American School Food Service Association, Alexandria, Va.; Dawn Penfold, The Meeting Candidate Network Inc., New York.