A typical day for Drain is a whirlwind of screening resumes, interviewing candidates and helping people find their next career move. As Temporary Solutions, Inc.’s Senior Staffing Specialist and a recruiter in the D.C.-metro area since 2003, she is tuned in to all things temporary staffing.
But her favorite part of being a recruiter is how each day is different.
“You come into work and Monday is not like Tuesday,” Drain says. “It’s forever-changing and you have to enjoy rollercoasters because sometimes it’s very reactive. You have to be able to change your levels.” Drain has 5 tips for temps:
1. Be upfront with your recruiting contact
Let them know your availability, so then your recruiter can share that information with their clients. Drain notes that this doesn’t mean that you’re not going to get hired. Being open about your available hours is actually one of the benefits of temporary work; there is a flexibility offered in this hiring relationship for both employers and employees. It's also a way to make sure that time isn't being wasted between the recruiter and applicant. Why should the recruiter send a candidate a job that requires night and weekend shifts if that isn't realistic for their work-life balance? Exactly, they shouldn't.
Also be upfront if you can't make work one day due to sickness or an emergency. Temporary labor is usually hired to meet a project deadline or fill a critical need, so everyday needs to be accounted for. Whether it's through a call, email or even a text message, recruiters appreciate the open communication and honesty.
2. Don’t have grammar mistakes in your resume
This one doesn’t need much explanation. Look over your resume before clicking send, then double check…then look at it one more time.
One common mistake is having improper or inconsistent verb tenses. If you're writing about a position you are currently employed with, then your job duties should be in present tense. For example:
- Reviewing resumes of candidates for Temporary Solutions, Inc.
- Reviewed resumes of candidates for Temporary Solutions, Inc.
If you want more tips on resume writing, read our blog 4 Steps to a Rockin’ Resume.
3. Use the cover letter to your advantage
What is the difference between a resume and cover letter? A resume covers your employment history. A cover letter is saying why you'll be the best fit for this specific position that you’re applying for. “A lot of people don’t understand the difference between a cover letter and a resume," she says. Also personalize the cover letter with the name of the person reading your application. This shows that you did your homework instead of simply writing "Dear Sir" or "To Whom It May Concern."
4. Be on time
This rule applies if your temporary assignment is for one day, a couple months or lasts for years. “They have you there because they’re expecting you to be there during your scheduled time,” Drain explains. “If it’s Monday thru Friday, 8-5, that’s when you should be at work.” If you're going to be late, then contact the appropriate person as soon as possible. We're all human, jusst don't make a habit of it.
5. Don’t start a temp job asking for a permanent position.
Instead, go in with the right attitude, do what is asked of you and sometimes even go above and beyond expectations. If you do all of that then Drain says, “If a position becomes available, will they hire you? Of course!” The chance of making a project assignment into a temp-to-hire opportunity is one reason why so many people are in the Gig Economy.
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