Tips for new Temps to Survive Your First Week


So much of your success as a temp or contract worker depends on your ability to jump in to a new role and hit the ground running. In order to achieve this, your first week is critical. Here is a look at what you should do in those very first days to make the right impression and bring your very best to work.  

Do Your Homework 

Just as it’s helpful to come prepared to an interview, making sure all your ducks are in a row on your first day is important. There are likely going to be lots of people to meet, roles to learn about, and papers to fill out so make sure you have everything organized and prepared as much as possible right from the beginning. The habits you instill on that first day can reflect your productivity and effectivity on the job. That means having good time management skills, collecting any necessary documents you might need for that first day, getting directions (if needed) and figuring out parking and your commute well in advance. The last thing you want to do is show up late on your first day. 

Remember to ask those important questions before your start date. That includes everything from dress code, culture, assignment specifics, who you report to, and how you document your hours. Allow your first few days to be filled with the mission-critical information you need to ramp up quickly and effectively on the job. 

Make A Great Impression 

Making a good first impression starts with a good introduction. Shake hands, make good eye contact, and have a clear and crisp explanation of who you are and your role in the new job. You can expect to meet lots of people on your first day who don’t know how they will be working with you in the coming months. But this is your opportunity to take the lead, define yourself and your role, so they know what value you bring to the team right from the beginning. Plan to arrive early every day. Wear comfortable shoes and attire. Present yourself in a friendly and courteous manner. And don’t be afraid to follow up with your staffing agency for feedback. You might not hear it directly from your new coworkers, but if there is feedback to give, be sure your agency will have heard it.  

Know What You Bring to the Table 

Getting hired is great for your confidence, so on your first day, be sure to bring that positive attitude with you to the job. If you’re feeling at all nervous about the new opportunity, remember why you’re there. You’ve been purposefully identified as the best person for the job, and your employer wants you to succeed. So be confident and have a great attitude so that you get off on the right foot. 

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