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What Traits do Staffing Firms Look for When Hiring Temporary Job Candidates?

February 26th, 2016

Temporary work is an adventure! In what other line of employment can you consistently try new and different roles within an ever-changing array of companies? You get the unique opportunity to develop your career knowledge, while building your resume with many different job titles. To do well as a temp, you’ll need certain skills that employers will be looking for. Once you’ve developed them, it will be easier to land your next temp job.

Four traits of top temp workers

To jump to the head of the pack and be the top choice for hiring employers, it can help to develop any or all of the following qualities:

  1. As you can imagine, with each new job, you’ll need to learn a new set of rules, responsibilities and procedures. And it can help to be open-minded and flexible—ready and willing to tackle each new task that comes your way.
  2. A positive attitude. Upbeat, motivated people make the best employees because they bring up the morale of their department and everyone around them. A positive attitude will help you get to know your new boss and coworkers, and fit in with your new work environment.
  3. The desire to learn. The more new skills you learn, the more doors you’ll open in your temp career. But the motivation to expand your knowledge base is heavily dependent on you—are you ready to grow in your career?
  4. With every job, it’s important to show up on time. Your boss, coworkers and customers are relying on you to begin your shift and your tasks, and it can cause others to have to pick up the slack when you’re late. Punctuality helps showcase your professionalism and your dedication to doing the best job you can.

Do you have what it takes?

If the above list sounds like it was written about you—congratulations! You’re on your way to successful temp career. But if you feel you could develop any of these skills a little further, that’s OK, too. Your own dedication to personal improvement is your single best trait. You owe it to yourself to be great at what you do—and the time you spend to improve your skills can only pay off with exciting future temp placements!

Looking for temporary work in the Midland, Texas area?

1st Staffing Group works with candidates in Midland and throughout Oklahoma and Texas for temp assignments that match well with your career goals. If you’re looking for your next temp assignment, we can help. Just reach out to the recruiters at 1st Staffing Group today to learn more.

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