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World – Don’t leave temporary work off your CV

17 June 2014

Temporary jobs often do not carry a direct link to a person’s professional or developmental goals, and, as a result, people are tempted to leave them off their CV. Even those who do think their temporary assignments should be listed, often find it difficult to include, what can be, such short term positions, reports business2community.com.

However, whatever the case, temporary employment should not be ignored, especially for those looking to land something permanent.

Listing temporary work is better than leaving gaps in your employment history. Many jobseekers feel that listing several temporary jobs can make them look unreliable or unable to hold down a job. However, prospective employers are more than capable of understanding the nature of temporary work, especially if conducted through an agency.

A background that includes temporary work shows adaptability on the part of the jobseeker. There is a commonly held belief that temporary work means unskilled; however, nothing could be further from the truth. Agencies are increasingly looking for professionals who can adapt to roles and quickly assimilate into new companies, even if they are working there for only one day.

A background that includes temporary work indicates that a jobseeker has strong communication skills. In order to be successful, temporary workers must maintain good communication with their agency and also with their placement companies. Temporary workers must be trained quickly, take direction, and establish open and clear communication with supervisors and members of their team.

While it can be challenging to list every temporary job on a CV, especially when sticking to the two-page limit, leaving the experience off can limit your chances of selection.  

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