Top 10 tips for temp workers
Updated: Apr 3, 2018
1. Be early, not just on time.
It is very important to turn up 15 minutes before your shift time to ensure you
have enough time to sign in, change uniform and start promptly. If you are running late or finding it difficult to find the place, please inform your consultant so they can help you.
2. Use Travel apps.
Tube May and Bus London TFL Times and route LIVE FEED! These will help you plan your route and keep you updated on the transport services and any potential delays.
3. Keep your phone with you at all times.
Don’t turn your phone off on days you’re available or when you’re expected to be at a site.
3. Update your availability.
Contact your consultant every week and update him/her with your availability.
5. Always double check everything when picking up a new assignment.
It is fundamental for you to double check on all the job details when picking up a new assignment - workplace address, uniform details, journey time, who you'll be reporting to.
6. Let your consultant know if you can't make it.
If you're unable to attend a booking, inform your consultant at the beginning of the day so they can find someone else to cover the shift. Don't wait until the last minute!
7. Get your timesheet in on time.
Remembering to send your timesheet in on time is key for temp work. That way you will get paid when you're supposed to, without delays and you will make your consultant's life easier. It works both ways, doesn't it?
8. Keep track of your work experience.
When working on a temporary basis, it is easy easy to lose track of your achievements and the feedbacks you've been given so in order to make your life easier you should keep track of the jobs you've been given and the skills you've developed. Add the skills to your CV and highlight any time you spent at relevant organisations.
9. Ask for feedback.
At the end of your temporary work, ask the manager for a constructive feedback; this effort will show that you are serious about your roles. It is fundamental for you to get recommendations from your managers and your consultant.
10. Above everything, remember why you're doing it and don't forget to have fun!
You might be temping to earn some extra cash because you're a student or you want to go on holiday so when the days get too long and you feel like it's never ending, don't forget why you started in the first place.
A temporary role is a great way of showcasing but also developing the skills you need for that dream job you're trying to apply for. And you never know, it could be a great route to a less advertised graduate role or a permanent position in an organisation that you really like!