Now that I’ve (hopefully) sold you on temping, here are some ways to do a great job of it.
Treat it like a real job (because it is one). This might seem like a no-brainer, but many temps show up late, don’t dress professionally, or do the bare minimum that’s asked of them. This obviously does not reflect well on the temp, and in extreme cases, might actually get them dismissed from the role.
Be honest with your agency. If your agency asks if you have experience with a specific skill, instrument or procedure, do not lie. Telling a lie might get your foot in the door initially, but the employer has requested those skills because they are necessary in order to do the job. As soon as it becomes apparent that you lied, you will be sent packing. Worse, you will have tarnished your, and your agency’s, reputations.
Consider being a bit flexible. Your agent might suggest a role that might not fall in line with your long-term career goals. It’s okay to be a bit picky and wait for your dream role, but it’s also okay to branch out a little bit and try something new.
Ask how you can help. If your to-do pile is already done, don’t just sit around staring at the wall and waiting for new work to come in. By offering to help, you are making yourself valuable to the organisations. Again, this is the type of thing hiring managers look for.
Keep job hunting. If you are temping because you haven’t yet found the right full time job, don’t let the fact that you are temping stop you from applying. Temping is a great way of meeting people, learning new skills, and earning some money but most temp roles will not go on indefinitely. It’s important to keep your CV up to date and to keep applying for jobs.