Finding Temporary Work

October 31st, 2009

If you’re interested in getting involved in temping work but you’re unsure of how to go about it, your first move should certainly be to speak to some local recruitment agencies. These specialist companies will be best placed to advise you on the best direction to take, as well as matching your specific skills and experience with suitable roles. Recruitment agencies often work with a set group of companies with which they have existing relationships, and they should be able to gauge which company would suit you best just from having an initial chat. If you have any trepidation or uncertainties about temping, your recruitment consultant should also be able to help you overcome these and put your mind at ease. Remember, temp agencies need temp workers in order for their business to function so you are potentially very valuable to them.

There are lots of different types of agency available, from general temp recruitment agencies who recruit across a number of different industries, to dedicated agencies who specialize in one particular field such as office work. Some have physical office locations whereas others are purely internet based. Either way, their goal is the same – to match you with a suitable post that will earn you the best hourly rate.

Before you begin the task of locating and contacting recruitment agencies, you should first ensure that your CV is up-to-date and correctly formatted. This will help to speed up the process of finding a job as the recruiter can start sending out your details immediately. This level of preparation signals to the recruitment agencies that you are professional, well organized and enthusiastic.

Different levels of qualifications and experience are required for different temp jobs, some require a very specific skill-set and others will require little or no experience or qualifications at all. For example, IT temps and construction temps will require specific skills and, in some cases, professional qualifications whereas secretarial temps may only require a good telephone manner and reasonable word processing skills. Some temp jobs, particularly those in the catering industry require nothing more than a smart appearance and a good attitude, it really does vary very much from industry to industry. Regardless of the skills, qualifications and experience you have you will be able to find work.

It’s worth noting that bigger towns and cities will usually see more applicants for all vacancies including temp jobs so don’t just assume that because you’re invited for an interview or trial day that the jobs is yours. Try to create the best possible first impression as you would with any other job. Temping jobs in London and temp jobs in Leeds will almost certainly be more sought after due to the number of students living in these cities so be prepared.

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