Working short term or temporary jobs is nothing to be ashamed of. They are a great way to get new experience, earn extra money, or stay busy when you’re unemployed. But how exactly do you put them on your resume without making it look like you’ve been hopping from one job to another? Listing temporary work on your resume the right way can make all the difference in your job search.
Here are some tips to get you started with your resume
Organize By Employer
Here is the most important thing to consider. While you may work for multiple individual companies on your temporary assignments, your actual employer is the agency that placed you. For your resume, it’s perfectly fine to organize your temporary work by each staffing service you worked with. From there, you can expand like you would any job on your resume with the kinds of projects you worked on.
Avoid Job Gaps
What temporary work really helps you with on your resume is avoiding job gaps. While today’s employers may be a little more forgiving than employers in the past, it’s still helpful to have a consistent work history. Make sure you add your temporary work exactly where it fits so you can demonstrate how you kept busy during your time away from a traditional job.
Focus on Function
Under each staffing agency header, include the function of each assignment. What things did you do and, specifically, how were you able to help the organization out of a bind simply by stepping in? Many temporary assignments fill a very specific need. For example, you may have helped out while someone was on maternity leave. Or you may have been on-site to assist with a major project launch. Focus on the things you did.
Don’t Hide It
Some people feel inclined to hide their temporary assignments by using the client as the employer or leaving them off altogether. But don’t give in to this temptation. There is no shame in working short term or long-term temporary assignments. In fact, letting a potential employer know that you are willing to stay engaged will help them see that you’re a person dedicated to hard work.
Lastly, as with any job, be sure to focus on your accomplishments. Let’s go back to the example where you were assigned to a company to help them with a major product launch. They needed extra hands to simply get the ball rolling and you were able to step in and be that help. You can do this without breaking any confidentiality agreements by simply talking up the things that you did to contribute to the success of the product launch.
How do you want to showcase your temporary work? Contact the team at ProStaff to see how we can help.