Applying for temporary roles is a slightly different process than applying for a permanent position, and will require an alternative approach. A temporary role may have far more specific requirements than a permanent job – where an employee will be given more opportunity to develop – and decisions as to who to accept for a temporary role can be made on a narrower set of criteria. This is why it’s important to make sure that your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is geared up for temporary as opposed to permanent work – here are a few tips on how to do it:
1. Organise your CV. There is little point in submitting a ten page document for a temporary position, as the recruiter is unlikely to make it past the first page. Your CV needs to be concise and filled with relevant information. Relevant is defined as demonstrating skills and abilities that the temporary role demands. Limit it to two pages and don’t include anything that isn’t relevant for the role you’re applying for.
2. Don’t list employment agencies. When listing your relevant employment experience, you should always list the employer, rather than the employment agency that you worked for. Listing the agency doesn’t give any information about the specific position and if you worked for the same agency numerous times there will be little on your CV to show the real range of your experience.
3. Tailor your CV content. There can be a temptation with a CV for temporary roles to throw everything onto it – and if you have been temping for a while then you probably have a lot of different jobs to include. Try to avoid listing everything in your CV, the important bits (read relevant) could be missed in the mass of information. Recruitment Consultants, the normal gatekeepers to temporary work, are inundated with up to 200 CV’s a day, they will not spend time trying to find a needle in a haystack. A recent survey of Consultants concluded they spend two to five seconds glimpsing at a CV before deciding whether to read on! If you have a lot of experience try grouping it by sector, employer, or roles. Alternatively, only include those positions that best demonstrate your aptitude for the current job, or that demonstrate the skill set required for this position.
4. Make it personal. Nowadays, even in the temporary market employers will be looking for an applicant that fits their ethos because temporaries are viewed as potential permanent recruits. To be prepared, include your achievements from previous roles, any overall career objectives that you have and the qualities that you feel make you exactly right for their position. This will give your CV more personality and help you stand out from the other applicants.
Preparing a temporary CV should take just as much time and attention as for a permanent role. A great temporary position can be a confidence builder, can give your career a real boost and might be a leg up into a new and exciting permanent position. For more career tips, visit the Ascendant Recruitment blog today.