Are you thinking about becoming a temp and doing assignments for an employment agency? If you are, there are many things you must do in order to increase your chances of getting more assignments and staying on the ones you get for a long time. You will learn tips for excelling in a temporary job.
When you show up to register with a temp agency, you should look presentable. You should at least dress in a business casual manner. You should be prepared to be tested on your typing, data entry, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel skills if the agency offers office positions. Whether you prefer to do clerical work or light industrial work, you should take any assignment that is offered to you as long as you can get to the place where it is held and the shift is held during the times of the day when the buses operate, assuming that you ride the bus. If you decline an assignment that you can do without a good reason, it is likely to annoy your staffing agency; furthermore, if you go a few years without doing any assignments, the agency is likely to either tell you that your application has expired or that you are no longer eligible to work for them.
Once you register, it is up to you to continually let them know you are available for work. A good way to do this is to call once a week to ask if they have a new assignment available. Before you call, you should have a pen, a piece of paper, a city street map and bus schedules on hand.
Any time you are given an assignment, ask how you are supposed to dress, what you will do and what you must bring. It is vital to make sure that you do not show up late. Before the day you are scheduled to start, take a trip to the location to make sure that you can find it and see how long it takes to arrive.
After showing up to start working, sign in and find out everything you are supposed to do. Follow all of your instructions and do your best. If there is anything you do not understand about your tasks, ask a supervisor for help. If you are working in a unit, you should only take a lunch break when all of you are supposed to take it.
There are certain procedures you must adhere to. Once you accept an assignment, you are supposed to stick with it until it ends. If you are running late on any given day due to missing a bus or some other situation that might be out of your control, call your temp agency right away. Do not walk out on the job or go home early without getting permission from the site manager.