Making A Good First Impression In A Temporary Role
18 September 2017
Within the Manufacturing and Engineering industry, we see a high volume of temp roles throughout the year. As recruiters, we treat temporary contracts as important as the hunt to secure talent for a full-time, permanent position. We always want to send the very best, high calibre candidates forward for a role and expect the same level of commitment and enthusiasm as we give.
Temp roles are great – they allow working parents to ease themselves back in to the world of work; they allow candidates to gain invaluable experience across a number of sectors; they enable businesses to cope with more demanding times of the year.
It lets candidates to have a certain degree of control and flexibility over their working schedules. It’s also a great way to establish yourself within your chosen field and get as much hands on experience as possible. For us, we see them as essential to the workforce as the full-time employees.
I recruit across all ends of the salary spectrum, from Production Operatives right through to Managerial level. No matter what your seniority is within a business, the old mantra about only having one chance to make a first impression is correct. That is why it is so important to treat a temp job with as much commitment and responsibility as you would with a more permanent role.
In many cases, our team has seen how temp work can lead to a full-time role within a business. I, myself, started off in a temp role for a recruitment agency and, here I am, twenty one years’ later. Therefore, you should be considerate about your attendance, appearance and attitude whilst working a temp role. You never know what doors might open up as a result of your efforts.
Unfortunately, there are some cases wherein temp workers treat the position more casually and don’t perhaps appreciate the significance of the opportunity. I have had candidates fail to show up or repeatedly phone in sick. This not only reflects poorly on the candidate in question, but on myself as a recruiter.
Reliability and responsibility are key attributes within any job – whether it’s permanent or temporary, junior or senior. The temp market is fiercely competitive, with plenty of talented candidates readily available, so it is important to establish yourself as a candidate who can be depended upon. Otherwise, businesses and recruiters will simply look elsewhere. Or worse, an employer will remember you as being unreliable and won’t consider you for the future.
Equally important is keeping your skills set and CV refreshed. As the temp market moves so quickly, it’s important to include details of the contracts and roles you have undertaken during a specific time frame. This will allow employers and recruiters to root out the best candidates to fit their staffing needs.
We have so many excellent temp workers in our talent pool, who are committed to a high standard of work. Why not be one of them? If you would like to speak to me about the temporary roles I currently have available, I would be happy to take a look at your CV and discuss your options. Click here to see my details and get in touch.
Written By Lindsey McBride