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While the economy continues to add jobs, there’s still an awful lot of people out there searching for work. Competition is fierce, and as a result, many folks are shifting gears and taking temp jobs. And this isn’t such a bad thing. In addition to helping you pay your bills, temporary jobs are a great way to learn new skills and make connections at different companies. The thing is, Lauren Riley writes for Business 2 Community, temp gigs aren’t like regular ones, and when it comes to applying, you can’t send the same cover letters and resumes you ordinarily would.

Fortunately, Riley has outlined “4 Tips on Applying for a Temp Job.” Read on to see how she recommends landing that temp gig you’ve got your eye on.

1. Tailor That Resume — After you’ve studied the job description, read through your CV and look for experiences applicable to the role you’re gunning for. You’ll also want to mention these in your cover letter, and as Riley writes, it doesn’t matter if you don’t meet all the requirements. Draw on general experiences and explain why they make you a good candidate.

2. Tell ‘Em Why You’re Temping — When an employer hires a temp, they want to believe they’re getting someone who’s fully invested in the role. If they think you’re ringing them up as a last resort, you’re not apt to get the job. “In your cover letter, explain what has attracted you to the role, as well as why you’re applying for a temporary position in the first place,” Riley writes.

3. Tout Your Temp Experience — This one’s kind of a no-brainer: When you’re applying for a temp job, you want to talk up your temping experience. Rather than listing everything chronologically, Riley writes, arrange the entries in your work history according to relevance. If you’ve done loads of temping, don’t be selective and don’t mention everything. It’s about quality, not quantity. “You want to wow them with your most relevant and impressive work experience,” Riley writes, “not bore them half to death!

4. Be Specific About Achievements — In order to make yourself stand out, Riley writes, cite specific examples of past accomplishments. If, for example, you handled social media for a company, talk about how many Twitter friends or Facebook likes you garnered. “These sort of statistics will be music to the employers’ ears, as cold hard facts will always impress people on your application,” Riley writes.


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