Top Tips for Temps

Professionals are entering into temporary placement work for a variety of reasons – returning to work, developing their skill set, or building their experience.

With 80% of our temporary placements moving into permanent roles, candidates are using this experience to skip over the nerve-racking interview process to land themselves a full-time position.

With this in mind, we’ve put together our top tips for temps to succeed in their placements.

1. Showcase your skill set

Put your best foot forward and showcase everything you have. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your suitability for the role and offer insight into the capabilities you may have for other roles.

2. Be resilient and adaptable

Every temp placement is going to be different – different work culture, different organisation, different supervisor. It is very important that you remain resilient to these changes and adapt to the environment around you. Utilise your communication skills to build a rapport with your colleagues.

3. Nail your first impression

Common sense rules apply here

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes earlier than your scheduled start time
  • Wear smart, professional attire.
  • Greet your supervisor and other staff members with a smile and a handshake
  • Be prepared – do you have everything you need to complete your job?
  • Keep your elevator pitch in the back of your mind – know what is acceptable to talk about in the office space and be able to present yourself professionally.
  • Do your research – Know what the company/organisation is about before you start and who you will be reporting to.

4. Stay engaged

Remove distractions – turn off your mobile, do not answer personal emails, and stay away from wearing headphones.

5. Commit start to finish

Signing on to a placement is a commitment that you are not only making to the organisation, but is also a reflection of your work ethic and values of commitment. Before signing onto a role, ensure you know the hours and requirements of the job, to ensure you are able to commit from start to finish.

6. Know what is expected

Communicate with your supervisor and your temp recruiter. Before starting the role, ask your recruiter about the role and what is expected. Upon meeting your supervisor, identify what is expected of you under what time frame. Clear expectations will allow you to best showcase your skill set and to perform at a high standard.

7. Document what you’ve done

Keep a list of tasks that you’ve completed so you can identify the skills that you’re developing and use them as a point of reference for feedback and reflection with both your supervisor and recruiter.

8. Ask questions

It’s better to ask and get it right than to assume and get it wrong. Whilst initiative goes a long way, use your resources when you’re unsure about a certain task. This could be a colleague, a supervisor, or even your recruiter

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