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Temporary Jobs: How to List Them On a Resume

September 9th, 2014

Many workers find temp jobs to be great for their careers. They help build your professional network, give you hands-on experience in new areas of work, and open the door to long-term employment. Hiring managers often see temp jobs as a sign that a worker wants to keep growing in his or her field and is willing to proactively seek work even when it’s not the long-term “dream job.”

When you list temporary jobs on your resume, it’s important to make it clear that the work was temporary in order to reduce confusion and highlight your flexibility. Here’s how:

Stick to the chronological resume format.

A “functional” format, that lists your skills rather than jobs, is tempting when you’ve taken several temp positions, especially when those jobs all called for the same skills. However, temp jobs should be added to your resume in the time-honored chronological format. This format demonstrates that you’ve stayed on the job even when no long-term position was forthcoming, and it creates a “full picture” of your work history that is easy for hiring managers to follow.

List the staffing agency as your employer.

For temp jobs, list your staffing agency as your employer, along with the time period with which you worked with your staffing firm. If your staffing firm specializes in placing people in particular industries or in a particular geographic area, list these industries or areas in a line below the staffing agency’s name.

List your temporary jobs under the staffing agency’s name.

Create an indented list under the name of the staffing agency. On each line, list the company you worked for as a temporary hire, along with the dates you worked there. You may also want to add a brief description of the type of business each employer performed, especially if the name of the company does not make this clear.

List your “top” accomplishments in each temp job.

Under the name of each temporary employer you list, add your two or three “top” accomplishments on the job. What did you learn? What new skills did you acquire? What tasks or projects did you complete? If you need help, ask your staffing agency if the employer gave them any feedback about your work.

The experienced recruiters at 1st Staffing can help you find the temporary, temp-to-perm, or direct-hire job you need in the Odessa, Texas area. Contact us today to learn more.

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