Congratulations! You got the temp job that you wanted! Now what?
You may be thinking that this role is just a means to an end – a stop-gap to your next permanent position or your next travel opportunity – but it can be so much more! Not only is temping a great way to gain experience, but it also provides the chance to learn new skills and meet people that could help boost your career in the long run. All you have to do is put in a little bit of effort! So, how can you make the most of your next temporary assignment?
Learn More About the Company
When offered a temp role, it can be a great opportunity to learn more about a company, culture and industry. Perhaps it’s somewhere that you’ve always wanted to work, or maybe it’s somewhere that you’ve never heard of. Before starting, make sure you’ve done your due diligence. Look at the company website, find out their values, and become acquainted with what they do. There’s always something you can learn in any role (whether it’s a new system, process, or responsibility) – so soak it all up like a sponge! And if it’s a place that you really love working at, then don’t be afraid to speak to your Beyond Recruitment Consultant about the possibility of applying for permanent roles there.
Additionally, it can be a little nerve-wracking going in to an unknown company, but your Consultant will be able to guide you on what’s appropriate in terms of what to wear, any office requirements, and the duties of the role before you start, so feel free to contact us if you have any questions!
Build New Contacts
It’s important to remember that the New Zealand business world can be a small one, so be sure to make an impression for all the right reasons. Often you get the opportunity to work as part of a team, so you may find yourself working with some great people that you form lasting relationships with. Making an effort to build rapport with those you encounter on a temp assignment will go a long way towards bolstering your professional network. The people you meet could become referees, mentors or even employers later down the line, so it’s important to make the most of these relationships.
Add Value Wherever You Can
The people that get the most out of temp assignments are those that strive to go the extra mile and add value to the company while they’re there. For example, if you manage to complete all your own work, don’t be afraid to ask for more. The more helpful you can be as a temporary worker, the more likely you are to secure new opportunities in the future.
You may even get the chance to support other teams and get exposure to elements of work that you’ve always wanted to try. Your Beyond Recruitment Consultant will have given you as much information about the job requirements as they can, but sometimes (if your manager is open to it) you can use your initiative to be proactive and make the role your own.
Temps that are reliable, professional and do a good job are always the ones that get remembered both by Beyond Recruitment and by the company you are placed with. Communication is an important part of this – keeping us in the loop about what’s going on with you ensures we can look out for your wellbeing at work. Let us know if you have any problems preventing you from meeting your responsibilities, and make sure to stay in touch if you have any planned absences or are thinking about applying for other roles. As recruiters, the more informed we are, the better we can help you have a good experience!
When your assignment comes to an end, make sure you give feedback to your Beyond Recruitment Consultant about how it all went, and whether it’s a place you may like to work in again if the opportunity arose in future. Of course, don’t forget to leave some notes of any outstanding work for the next person to refer to so that the transition of work is seamless.
If you’d like more advice on making the most of a temp job or support with finding your next temporary opportunity, get in touch with me today.