Currently, it’s estimated that around 2 percent of the nation’s workforce are temporary employees or contract workers. If you’re considering temporary work yourself, the benefits are numerous. Temporary work allows you to get your foot in the door at companies that might otherwise prove challenging to penetrate. It also enables you to try different types of positions, gain new skills, and often allows a degree of flexibility not typically granted in permanent jobs. Before you head out on your first temporary assignment, however, be aware of the most common mistakes made by temporary employees so that you can avoid committing these missteps yourself.
Job searching at work. If you’re using temporary employment to bridge the gap in between permanent positions, you’re likely searching for long-term positions on a daily basis. However, make sure to leave your search at the door when you start your temporary job. Even if you’ve completed all of your assigned tasks, that’s not a free pass to peruse job boards online. Instead, consider asking your supervisor how else you can help.
Chronic tardiness. It’s only a temp job, so does it really matter if you’re five minutes late? In fact, your attendance and punctuality matter a great deal. Your on-site supervisor will report any concerns about your reliability to your staffing company, so if you’re chronically tardy or absent, you’re not likely to get placed on future assignments.
Showing no initiative. You should treat every temporary assignment as a working interview. After all, you never know when a permanent opportunity might arise at the company. If you’re doing the bare minimum and then using your spare time to read a book or gossip with co-workers, you’re showing a lack of initiative that’s unlikely to get you hired on a permanent basis.
Not communicating with your staffing company. Even though you’re working on-site at a client company, you’re still an employee of the staffing company. Thus, any concerns should come directly to your recruiter. Likewise, if you’re running late or need to miss a day of work, let your recruiter know. If you’re interested in a permanent position at the client company, communicate that interest to your recruiter too.
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