Given the rise in temporary and contingent work in recent years, many people are trying to find job satisfaction and develop career prospects in these new arrangements. How can you get up to speed quickly and collaborate with the permanent staff members who already know each other?


Try these tips for becoming part of the team when you are doing temporary work.



Strategies to Use When You’re Choosing a Temporary Assignment

If you have more than one option for where to temp, you may want to pick an employer who welcomes contingent employees on board. Look for these positive signs.


1. Attend an orientation. If you are lucky, your short term manager will greet you with all the knowledge and material you will need. This may comprise a briefing on the corporate culture and mission, as well as logistics such as parking policies and directions to the nearest coffee shop.

2. Clarify your responsibilities. The temp agency will probably brief you on the general requirements while your workplace manager fills in more details. Ensure that your background is a match for the position.

3. Receive training. Even though you will remain around for a short period of time, you may require training on office procedures or equipment. Enjoy the chance to learn while you get paid. You can take these skills to your next position.

4. Introduce yourself. Your manager may introduce you to other individuals. Rehearse a brief pitch that makes you sound intriguing.

5. Welcome feedback. Input from the staff can enhance your performance, regardless of how long you spend together. Thank them for their critiques and make the necessary changes.



Strategies to Use When You’re on a Temporary Assignment


Wherever you are working, you can reach out to others and make yourself valuable. Taking initiative will help you stand out.


1. Ask questions. Everyone benefits when you collect all the information you need to do your job. Speak up if you are unsure of anything.

2. Take on additional responsibilities. If you finish your tasks faster than expected, volunteer for additional duties. Your supervisor may be impressed to find out that you can code or proofread.

3. Offer assistance. Reassure your colleagues that you are there to make things easier in their lives. Be enthusiastic about helping out.

4. Be flexible. Anything can occur when you are on a short-term assignment. A positive attitude will allow you to thrive under any conditions. You may discover that the supervisor wants you to place lunch orders although the agency said you would be updating the database. Report serious issues to the agency. Otherwise, go with the flow.

5. Look busy. Sometimes clients hire a temp without having work prepared for them. If all else fails, help out in any way possible. You will look more professional if others see you reading the company’s telephone system manual or the annual report from last year, looking busy opposed to you playing computer games or surfing Facebook.

6. Keep your agency updated. Check in with the temp agency regularly to increase your chances of getting assignments. They will feel like they can trust you because you demonstrated that you understand the importance of keeping clients happy.

7. Find support. The trend towards short-term work usually involves less finances and job security. Take care of yourself with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management techniques. Self-care and developing close ties will help you through challenging times.


Temporary work can have some advantages. Temping may lead to a permanent position or strengthen your skills so you can move on to bigger and better things.

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