Temporary work: It can last for a few days or a year or more. Sometimes it even turns into a permanent position. No matter the length of the assignment or the type of work you’ll be doing, a temporary job can be exciting, especially if it’s your first job in a while.
It can also be stressful. You don’t know what to expect. There will be new people to meet, new processes to learn, and new tasks to master. You want to show that you’re a good worker without being overly aggressive, but you don’t want to stand back and wait for work to come to you.
It can be a nerve-wracking time until you settle into a routine. So here are three suggestions to help you survive your first week in your new temporary role:
Think ahead. Bring along a notebook and pen. Be ready to start your assignment immediately. You’re probably there because of a staff shortage or for a special project, so you’ll be expected to hit the ground running with a minimal amount of training.
Show up early, and ask any questions you have. Talk to your staffing agent before the first day to find out if you should bring anything else that the company requires.
Put your best foot forward
With each new assignment, discuss the dress code with your recruiter before your first day. Appropriate dress can mean different things in different assignments. You could draw unwanted attention if you stray too far from the norm.
If things aren’t going well during that first week, don’t complain to your co-workers. If you have an issue, talk to your recruiter. They can help you to resolve it professionally.
The office rumor mill is a trap you’ll want to avoid. Participating in office politics, drama, and gossip will hurt your reputation and damage your chances for a permanent position.
Quickly show that you have become a much-needed part of the company’s team. How do you do that?
- Show up on time and work hard.
- Finish every project. Then, check with your manager to find out if anything else needs to be done.
- Don’t check your emails or voicemail except during breaks and lunch.
- Try to get a feel for the company’s culture and its goals. You’ll fit in and be able to help them reach their objectives.
Staying engaged will help you through your first week, and it could lead to many more!
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