How to list temp jobs on a resume

How to list temp jobs on a resume

Looking efficient and flexible.

In today’s market, often potential employers can be put off by the amount of temporary work you have done. One reason for this is that it shows little staying power. If you move from job to job, is it going to be worthwhile training you? This is a question often posed by employers. However, if you present your resume in a different manner, temporary work can be used to your advantage. This guide talks about how to list those temporary jobs to your advantage. Once you learn how to use these jobs for your own benefit in resume writing, the world is your oyster, and you can present a great resume which says a lot about your professionalism and adaptability.


Step 1

Overall presentation of resume.

Your resume should of course include your education, your background, your work experience, but it should also include the skills you have learned. Many of these will have been performed while in temporary employment. For the temporary work, try and think of the overall time you have spent working as a temp, and instead of listing each job separately into small time frames, list the work as one employment, i.e. Temporary employment between date 1 and date 2. It looks better because this stretches the period of the work, and this is easily explained at interview as your attempt to feel out the market and to gain experience of many other aspects of the kind of work you do.

Step 2

Using the skills from temporary employment.

The skills you learned during working as a temporary employee are valuable. Make yourself a list, and use these to integrate with other skills you used in other jobs. This builds you capacity as a potential employee.

Step 3

Roles played.

This can also be a section on its own, including those roles you played in full time work as well as temporary work. This shows your flexibility and ability to work with others. List the kind of jobs you did and your role within each of the departments you worked for. Even if these were of a temporary nature, you did them, and can tell a future employer about them.

Step 4

Writing up your work plan.

This also establishes what your intentions are. Here, you can mention how temporary work gave you the opportunity to build a background of skills working with different people, and makes you a much more flexible choice for a potential employer. You can also state that you feel the need for more permanent work and stability which is why you are seeking this job, as an opportunity to establish yourself. This gives the employer the feeling that his doubts about you are unfounded, since you have already thought out the answers to questions before they ask them.

Step 5

Leaving out unecessary information.

If you were a temp over a long period of time, doubtless some of the jobs you did were mundane or do not relate to the employment you are seeking. There is no need to list trivia since this confuses issues. Stay with those skills and jobs which relate to the job you are applying for.

Things Needed
• The ability to present yourself as the employee the company is looking for.

Tips & Warnings
• Never include jobs which are trivial and bear no relationship to the job being offered.


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