This article explains how to effectively get the right temporary job in the most efficient way with the least effort and best chance of success…
Temporary work is one of the best ways to gain experience or make money in a set amount of time. It can be a foot in the door to an industry you want to work in. Or a way to earn, even if you are looking for a more permanent job, it can help to fill the gap and take pressure off your finances and your nerves while you job hunt. It also helps out the company that requires temporary work cover!
There are a number of job boards, agencies and temporary work websites available and the options can seem overwhelming. There seems to be so many jobs, but no way of knowing if you are right for them. So most people would sit at home and apply for many different jobs, changing their CV and covering letter many times to suit the variety of jobs they are applying for, using considerable effort to find temporary work.
I would suggest there is a better way to find temporary work, a way that involves no changes to your CV, that guarantees real-time, real-world feedback, instead of sending application after application into the black hole of online applications to receive no feedback or a computer generated rejection email a little too late. This way can increase your chance of getting a job, as there is more than one person with a vested interest in finding you work is selling you to prospective employers.
This method however, requires a courage and willingness to pick up the phone and research, approach and sell yourself to the appropriate person.
This method is simple:
1. Create a good, clear and relevant CV, including in the profile the type of work you are appropriate for and what you would consider and why (see http://www.cvphoenix.com for a CV service that will help you affordably create this CV!)
2. Research employment agencies by location or job type or industry.
3. Call the agency (main number is fine) and explain you are looking for work and ask to speak to, or the name of an agent / recruitment consultant who deals with the type of work you are looking for.
4. Speak to the agent and ask for their email address.
5. Send your CV to the agent via email.
6. Follow-up sending your CV with a call to the agent, to ensure they received the email okay and whether they are able to open your CV in the format it is in.
7. Ask them if they could take a look at your CV, while you are on the phone and give you feedback on the CV whether you are suitable for any temporary work they have available at present.
8. Now that the agent knows your name, CV and how you present yourself on the telephone, he/she is more likely to think of you when a suitable placement there and then, when one is available later, or tell you what you may need to change in terms of your CV or what you are suitable for.
The fact that they have spoken to you puts you in a better position than the hundreds of applicants whose emails and CVs are sitting in their inbox, or received via faceless on-line applications.
I would suggest making a note of what recruiter you spoke to and when and call them back as often as required to see if they have recently got any suitable positions.
It may be beneficial to meet the recruiter, if it is possible try and pop into the office and meet the recruiter, if they meet you and like what they see, they will find it easier to sell you too!
If you have one or two recruiters looking to place you, then you have allies looking for work for you: as well as your own efforts! These agents have better contacts than available to you and are motivated by the commission they get from the client in placing you and the job satisfaction in placing you, giving you a job and giving the client what they need.
It is a win-win situation!