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Temporary work through an agency is a great option for students going through college or university or for those who are looking for that little bit extra income.

What kind of jobs are available as temporary work through an agency?

Nowadays, temporary roles can range from low-skilled, entry level work, all the way up to a professional standard.

The most common roles offered by agencies are as follows:

  • Accountants
  • Cleaning/maintenance
  • Bar work
  • Events work
  • Hotel staff
  • Catering
  • Secretaries
  • Delivery drivers
  • Labelling and/or packaging workers

Tips for landing a temporary role

When applying for any role, it is important to make sure your CV is well written and up-to-date. Like with any role, you should explain what jobs, if any, you have had in the past and what the role involves. Emphasis the relevant skills in the job listings and how any past work or personality traits have highlighted these.

On your CV, you should specify that you are flexible and comfortable with working in a new environment. Also, get some references from past managers and bosses or, alternatively, from University supervisors if you are a student without any past professional experience.

To make yourself more employable, you could get yourself DBS checked just in case it is required in any given role. DBS and CRB checks both a criminal record check and these will be vital if you will be in contact with children as part of your role, so it is best to get these done and state them on your CV. The process can take up to two weeks so the sooner, the better.

Before applying for a role, research the company and the nature of the role well. This way, you will be able to self-assess if you are right for the job. When it is leading up to the interview, practice typical temporary job interview questions to prepare yourself. On the day, you should dress appropriately and be punctual. 

Sign Up to Agencies

The quickest and most effective way of getting a temporary role is to sign up to companies such as Indeed or Rota which uses an app to match up staff with venues.

Some recruiters and agencies offer assessment sessions for people to attend, usually lasting around one to two hours. This is an excellent way to build up a report with an agency, showing them which skills you have and how dedicated you are to get work. At these sessions, the agency will take a photo for your profile and check that you have the right to work in the UK. Once you have passed the assessment, you are able to start applying for the shifts and roles which suit you.