Across Ireland, employees are dreaming of their first proper summer holiday in 2 years. Meanwhile, their managers are wondering how to cope with the extra workload when their teams are out of the office. What’s a manager to do?
Enter: “The Temp” – someone who is smart, confident and adaptable, as well as being multi-skilled. The Temp saves the day!
Does this sound like you? Would you like the flexibility to choose between short term work or months long contracts? Do you think you’d enjoy the variety of working in different environments? Follow these 5 rules of temping and you’ll have your choice of assignments.
- First things first, you need a good temping CV. This CV should be specifically used for applying for temp work. At the top of the page, list your technical skills, your contact details, your availability and the locations where you can work. The rest of the CV should be as normal- education and work history. A Temps Controller may receive hundreds of CVs, but will remember the one that highlights skill set and gives availability.
- When in doubt, dress UP. As a temp, you will be working in many different environments. Some may be on production lines; others may be business casual offices. Some offices may run a strict, corporate-style dress code. Always check the dress code with your Temps Controller in advance. First impressions count and nowhere more so than in the world of temping.
- On time means 5 minutes early. You don’t want to arrive too early, but you never want to arrive late. Research the location of your assignment. Make sure you know how to get there. Drive by if you’re unfamiliar with the area or check public transport timetables the night before. Again, plan on being there 5 minutes before you’re due to start.
- Be discreet. Anything you hear or read, while working in a company is strictly confidential. When you register for temp work, you will sign a contract of employment and a handbook explaining the importance of confidentiality and non-disclosure while on temporary work assignments
- Work like your career depends on it. Again, first impressions count and if you’re only in an assignment for a week, you don’t have time to have an off day. Temping is an excellent way to get your foot in the door of some amazing companies, which could lead to wonderful opportunities. Good work does not go unnoticed.