How to prepare for a temporary job

The thought of temporary work can be quite daunting, especially if it’s the first time you are working in a temporary assignment. We’ve got some great tips on how you can ensure you’re extremely prepared and have nothing to worry about on the day you start your assignment.

  1. Know your stuff

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when applying for a temporary job is to presume that there are no strings attached and that you don’t need to know anything about the company you are going to work for.

Advice: We always recommend that our candidates research the organisation they will be working for before attending a temporary job. This sounds very obvious but you’d be surprised how many people take it for granted that they have been given the job without having to interview for it.

Of course not all temporary jobs are given to candidates without an interview so for those who will be meeting an organisation to see if they are a good fit, it’s even more important to make sure you have done your research.

We recommend taking a look at their website, social media channels and perhaps even scan the news to see if anything has recently been announced that pertains to the company. This will really impress the interviewing and will set you apart from the other candidates.

  1. Be prepared

So you’ve been given the job and it’s your first day! Make sure you are fully prepared for your temporary job by ensuring you have the following things covered:

  • What to wear
  • Where to go and how to get there
  • Who to ask for when you arrive
  • What time your assignment starts
  • What will be expected of you
  • What time you can leave

Advice: The biggest reason why a candidate may not be successful in a temporary assignment is not doing their due diligence beforehand. Arriving at a new job late because you didn’t know where you were going or wearing the incorrect clothing could seem like a small issue but in fact it could cost you the job. Being prepared can not only alleviate any room for error but it will also remove a lot of stress on the day.

  1. First impressions count

As clichéd as it sounds, you only get one chance to make a first impression in a temporary job so you need to make sure it’s a good one and hopefully an unforgettable one too.

Advice: Make sure you look presentable, are polite and have a smile on your face. You’d be surprised how far a smile goes, especially when you are the new kid on the block.

  1. Make friends

There is no harm in getting to know a few people in the office during your temporary job. We’re not suggesting that you hang out in the kitchen sipping tea with every person who passes though!

Advice: If you do make a few acquaintances during your temporary job, why not add them to your network on LinkedIn as this is a great way to keep in touch in the future. It also shows that you enjoyed the assignment and may want to find future work with the organisation.

  1. Represent

For all the temps that we send out to clients, it’s important that they remember they are not only representing themselves but they are also representing Change. Conducting yourself professionally and with lots of enthusiasm goes a long way.

Advice: Often we have clients who entrust us to decide who to put into a temporary job in their organisation without them meeting the candidate so it’s important to retain a good relationship with your agency.

If you are interested in a temporary job in London, Change Luxury and Hospitality recruitment agency has a number of amazing opportunities available. Submit your CV or call us on 020 7923 6021.