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Tempted to temp this summer?

  3rd July 2019       Suzanne Sherriff MIRP
 Accounting & Finance, Engineering, Science & Space, Executive Search, Human Resources, IT & Software Solutions, Office & Commercial, Temps

If you thought summer temp jobs stretched no further than punting in Oxford, bar work in Bournemouth or selling ice creams on the South coast, think again. The office and commercial sector is always looking for temporary staff, and the months of July and August are no different.

The summer sees an influx of new applicants looking for work: recent graduates dipping their toe in to the world of work; undergraduates looking to fill time until September, interns who are looking for paid placements and those who are simply between jobs.

Here at Bond Williams, we can offer a number of temp roles in the office and commercial sector. We carry vacancies that are short term temporary roles – in the region of two or three days – through to longer-term temp positions that last perhaps two or three months or even temp to perm jobs that could lead to a permanent role whereby the client can see how you fit in to the role and you can see whether you like it.

The roles we tend to recruit for on a temporary basis can include, but are not limited to:-

  • Receptionists
  • Administration assistants
  • Office assistants
  • Legal secretaries
  • Customer service advisors
  • Warehouse/storeroom roles
  • PAs
  • Data entry clerks

Top tips for applying for a temporary position

Just because the vacancy you are applying for is brief in duration, it doesn’t mean candidates should be sloppy in their approach, CVs are often still looked at before an assignment is agreed. Our top tips for applying for a temp role are especially important for those who are applying for a job for the very first time.

  1. Tailor your CV to suit

Study the job advert – especially the skills, qualities and qualifications required – and ensure your CV reflects this highlighting those skills and experience as long as you have it. This may mean creating a new personal statement at the top of your CV or sending a killer covering letter explaining why you’re right for the role.

  1. Explain why temping is for you

Many employers approach CVs for temp positions with caution, in case applicants are either hoping the role may turn in to something permanent or they are applying out of desperation and not genuine desire. Make it clear that you understand the job is not forever and that temping is your preferred employment.

  1. Be flexible with your hours

Candidates who show willingness to adapt their working hours to suit the role or project will always stand out head-and-shoulders above those who are fussy about start times, weekend work or shifts. If you can come across as adaptable, employers will take note.

  1. Highlight if you have worked in a temporary role previously

A temporary role needs a certain type of candidate so if you have temped before, bring this to the employer’s attention. Demonstrate that you know what’s involved in a temp role, mention positions you have held before and re-organise your career history on your CV so temp jobs are at the top (or list them in your covering letter).

  1. Be willing to start straight away

Temp roles often come with an immediate start and students often have the advantage of not needing to give notice at an existing job. Tell both employers and recruitment agencies if you are available to start immediately, as this will give you an advantage.

If you are looking for temp work over the summer months, register with Bond Williams today. We can match your strengths and skills with administrative and commercial roles with varying durations.

Suzanne Sherriff MIRP

Associate Director

Suzanne leads a team dealing with temporary jobs. Having started her recruitment career in 2005, she has over a decade of recruitment experience. Suzanne works across all of the agency’s core industries on temporary, contract and interim roles. She places a big emphasis on delivery and accountability and never gives …


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