What It Takes to be Successful in a Temp Job

What It Takes to be Successful in a Temp Job

Working a Temporary job means you have greater flexibility and wider opportunities to work in a range of different fields.

The average Temp position is not what it used to be. Placements are now more likely between three to six months, meaning you have the ability to put your all in a position and develop your skillset.

As of late, companies have a higher set of expectations about what a temp worker can bring to their workplace. When applying for a role, temps need to go through an interview process, alike to when you apply for permanent positions. This gives you an opportunity to sell yourself and your achievements. These days, it is imperative for temporary workers to be prepared to show off a range of sills and capabilities to show they are an ideal candidate for the role.

Here are some helpful tips for how to succeed in your next temporary position…

Having a positive attitude:

It is vital that you demonstrate a positive approach to the role and the company. Show interest and do you best to convince employers that you not only have the right experience and skills needed for temping but also that you are keen to learn and can pick up aspects of the job quickly.

Temporary roles come with their own set of challenges are often require workers to ‘jump in the deep end’. During your interview, aim to give the employer confidence that you will get to grips with things quickly to start contributing to the team or project as soon as you arrive. To do this successfully, provide concrete examples of your past results and track record which will leave the interview panel with the sense that you will be a safe set of hands and can deliver what you say you will.

Confident Communication and Listening Skills:

Clear, confident communication is a key skill needed for temping. Hit the ground running by being perceptive and asking well thought out questions that show you have the desire to build on what you are learning. While employers will naturally offer a certain amount of leniency with temps, they also need you to demonstrate active listening skills.

Take your own notes, asking follow up questions to clarify any information, repeating key points back to show you understand and taking feedback on board are all aspects that will make a lasting impression and show that you have sound communication and listening skills. You can apply these skills both in your interview, as well as when you have landed the job, as it shows you take what you do seriously.

Problem Solving Skills:

When starting any role, it takes time to settle in and learn the processes of your new workplace. The same goes for when you start a temporary role. Employers really value temps that try to solve issues themselves by taking steps to break it down and figure out how to resolve it before asking for help.

There will certainly come a point when you need further direction, but it’s a positive step to show the work you have done on your own. Demonstrating initiative is essential to be successful in a temp working environment, so try to have a few examples prepared for your interview, showcasing when you’ve sought to resolve problems independently.


Life as a temporary worker is filled with opportunity, where you can gain valuable experience in a range of different organisations and environments. There is so much variety on offer, along with the chance to constantly add to your experience and wider skillset.

By demonstrating the above skills during the hiring process and on the job itself, you are taking active steps to develop a successful career path for yourself.