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Resume Tips for Creative Temps

Resume Tips for Creative Temps

Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert

Temporary employment is becoming increasingly popular with both workers and employers. Workers are realizing that they can enjoy good pay and diverse work environments, while companies see value in hiring temp workers to fill short-term vacancies or handle special projects. Temporary employment is available in a variety of fields for staff at all levels.

Temporary work does present certain resume challenges, however. Here are a few common questions and answers:

Should I write the name of the temp agency or the company in my employment section?

Consider including both to avoid giving the impression that you were employed by a company rather than a temporary agency. Here are a couple of ways to handle the employment heading:

XYZ Company (DEF Temp Agency), 2009 to present Design Assistant
DEF Temp Agency, 2009 to present Design Assistant Key assignments:

  • ABC Company: Description, project highlights, results.
  • DEF Company: Description, project highlights, results.
  • GHI Company: Description, project highlights, results.

My temp work makes me look like a job-hopper. What can I do?

The best way to format your temp work depends on your specific situation, but try grouping similar experiences under one heading (e.g., Tax Accountant, 1995 to present). Then provide a bulleted list of your best temp assignments.

What can I do to make my resume stand out?

Instead of just listing your job skills, describe the benefits and results of your performance. For each temp assignment, develop a list of major accomplishments, placing the most emphasis on your recent achievements. When thinking about your accomplishments, it is helpful to use the Problem-Action-Result (PAR) technique. What problems or challenges did you face? What actions did you take to overcome the problems? What was the result or benefit to the company? Keep in mind that most companies value workers who enhance profits, save time and save money.

Are there certain qualities I need to emphasize as a temporary worker?

Whether you’re searching for a temp position or need to showcase your temp experience, many temps share certain skills, such as adaptability, flexibility, the ability to learn new tasks rapidly and the ability to prioritize. Also be sure to highlight any art industry-specific skills relating to your current career goal and past performance record. Showcase your top credentials in a well-written qualifications summary to allow temp agencies and employers to see your key qualifications at a glance.

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