How working as a temp can cannonball you into your dream career

posted by Suzi Sarkis 16/05/2017 0 comments

Temping has become increasingly popular over the last few years as more people are looking for flexible work options. ‘Temps’ have become a crucial asset to organisations who are trying to manage their head count while achieving their business objectives.

Often candidates find successful employment from temping assignments. Temping can also:

  • Provide you with an opportunity to broaden your experience and skill base.
  • Allow you to expand your network and meet like-minded professionals. It can also be an opportunity to find a mentor, particularly if you’re considering a career change. Did you know that ‘You are three times more likely to become a top performer if you have a mentor. (Collective Hub).
  • Extend into a longer contract. When a temp has performed really well we see employers doing everything they can to extend the temping contract.
  • Provide you with more control over your hours. This can work well for people who are job hunting, studying, returning to work after extended leave or any other circumstance where they need not to be tied to a 9am-5pm permanent role.

Here are some of our top tips for getting the most out of your temp assignments:

  • Keep your Recruitment Consultant updated with your availability.
  • Always have your phone handy so your Recruitment consultant can reach you quickly. Often temp roles get snapped up fast.
  • Pre-fill out any forms required by your recruitment agency to cover your pay.
  • Arrive at least ten minutes early on the first day of your assignment and continue to be punctual throughout your assignment.
  • Look and act professionally always. This assignment could end up being more than just temporary. First impressions are critical.
  • Be prepared. Ensure you have a thorough understanding about the role, the tasks you’re likely to undertake and their expectations of you. Impress your new employer by researching the organisation so that you have the right context when work is being briefed to you.
  • Every assignment is an opportunity to build your personal brand. Seek feedback, attend meetings and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Showing a genuine interest in the organisation and willingness to learn new things can be a great way to position yourself for future work.

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