“My motto is no task is too small.” Long-term temporary worker Natacha Delusca said the best way to prepare for a temp assignment is to be ready to do whatever is asked of you. She shows up at every job assignment eager to take on anything. Sometimes she finds that the agency has given a different impression of the assignment. When she arrives, it’s a different ball game from what she anticipated. She rolls up her sleeves, and tackles the job anyway.
With that can-do attitude, and an application with several agencies she has had steady work for the last several months. Not only does she have an active file with many agencies, she calls to tell them her availability each week. In a sense, they compete with each other to get her work first.
She said she definitely sees multiple agency contacts as a favorable strategy. “The more agencies you are signed up with the more assignments you will be presented with.” She thinks 4-6 agencies is a great idea because they may keep you busy at different times. “If temp assignments are your only means of income, you want to have another job lined up before the one you have expires.”
She also brings her soft skills to work with her every day. That includes showing up to work on time, and having a positive attitude. She also asks for more work when she finishes a task.
“Those of us who choose to do temp assignments work twice as hard to prove that we are the right fit for the job or for any job.This is a good idea in case something becomes available within the company.”
“The future of temporary work is going to continue because more and more employers prefer to hire temporary employees or contractor workers as opposed to hiring full-time employees. They still prefer to try out a potential employee before hiring them.”
Send your resume to as many temp agencies as possible and someone will contact you to set-up an interview to meet with you and evaluate you before you’re presented to client or get calls for temp work.
Major deal-breakers are having a bad attitude, not performing your tasks and not being friendly.
The more proactive and helpful you are the better.
If you don’t understand your task it’s always better to ask questions to make sure that you are doing the job correctly.