Temporary job seekers!, it is time to put all of the chances on your side! Believe it or not, it is not about your years of experience or even about the number of degrees you have . It all starts with your resume. – A resume for a temp job requires just as much effort as one for a full-time position. The goal is to maximize your chances of presenting yourself like the ideal candidate and landing the job.
Here are some tips that will help you make your resume more attractive to temporary job recruiters.
Highlight your achievements in each temp job.
Add 2-3 accomplishments under each company name in your list of temp jobs. Think of what you learned, what new skills you developed, the new tasks you did, and any praise or recognition you received while on the job. You can always reach out to your temporary employer and ask for feedbacks or a satisfaction letter.
Describe the benefits and results of your performance.
Instead of simply listing what your skills are, take the time to describe how your skills can help the company reach their short term (or long term) goals. A temp job application will be very goal oriented and therefore, you will need to convince your employer that you can do the job and respect the deadline while reaching the desired goals.
Focus on the skills needed for the temp job
Do not put too much information on your resume. Focus on what your recruiter wants to see! Its is easy to fill up our resume with text. However, it is not about the quantity but the quality of the information. Focus on the skills that are relevant to the position your are applying for.
Leave the door open for other responsibilities and growth opportunities
Try to figure out if your recruiter might need your services for other responsibilities inside their company and make sure you add these extra skills in your resume. The trick is to make the most out of your temp jobs while you are there. If you have been hired for social media management but figure they might also need help for blog content, do not hesitate to offer this service. Most employers rather recruit internally than having to go through the hassle of looking for many employees.
Include a cover letter
As well as an overview of what you bring to the role (such as relevant experience) give reasons why you’re interested. Employers want to understand why you’re applying, and be reassured that you aren’t just looking for quick solution to get some cash. Your reasons for applying depend on your personal situation.
They could include:
- The possibility of simultaneously pursuing other projects (studies, arts projects, or voluntary activities.)
- Work fewer hours to achieve a better work-life balance or to fit around other commitments.
There’s no reason why you can’t give any of the standard reasons: the chance to work with interesting products, services or people; or for a company with a particularly good reputation in the sector; or the opportunity to develop certain skills or to learn the business.
By adding a cover letter to your resume, you make your employer more comfortable by making them trust that you have a clear vision of what you want to get out of the experience, that you know what you are getting yourself into and are ready to put in the work.
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