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Temporary work survival guide

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As a temporary worker of Hays, we employ you as a casual employee and will represent your best interests to our clients at all times. If you are a contractor of Hays by engaging with us through a third-party company, you are then an independent contractor and not employed by Hays. 
To ensure you get the most out of your temporary assignments, here’s our advice. 


Our consultants understand the intricacies of your industry and will work hard to represent you to potential clients. We can offer you access to the best temporary assignments available. 

Communicate availability

We can do our best work for you, if you keep up to date on your availability. Our default position is to assume that you are available (unless, of course you’re on an assignment that we’ve placed you in) so let us know if that’s not the case. 
If you are working on an assignment we’ve helped you with, and you can’t make work that day, let us know. Also if the current role is coming to an end, drop us a line so we can start looking for your next role. 

Upskill always

As a temporary worker, businesses are looking for skills that are ready to go so you can hit the ground running. It’s a good idea to think about ways you can keep those skills updated, especially in new areas or technologies. We can offer you free training across thousands of different topics and are happy to work with you to suggest courses or programs that might help you with your career.  

First impressions

Similar to a job interview for a permanent job, always arrive early on the first day of your new temporary assignment. Dress appropriately for your position and work environment. Whether you’re working from home or in an office, be authentic, act with integrity and take pride in your efforts.  


Before starting your first day, clarify who you are reporting to, what specific tasks you need to perform or complete and have some understanding of the organisation you are working with. 


Every company has different policies, procedures and culture, it demonstrates that you’re considerate and professional when you respect these. Try to get an understanding of them before you start by asking you consultant, if they haven’t already explained them to you.  

Task completion

If you’ve finished an assignment, and don’t yet have another one lined up, ask your supervisor where you should next direct your efforts. Showing that you’re proactive demonstrates EQ and a willingness towards the work you’re doing. 

Ask questions if necessary

You won’t be expected to be an expert at everything. Sure, you have shown that you can do the job, that’s why you’re in the role, but don’t be afraid to ask questions if there is anything ambiguous or uncertain in what you’re being asked to do. 

Market yourself

Temporary assignment’s offer you the perfect opportunity to promote yourself to the people already working there. Don't be afraid to look for further opportunities and if there are any other areas or departments where your skills might be needed. If you can see opportunities but don't feel comfortable investigating them directly, contact your consultant and they will make enquiries on you behalf. 

Assignment extension

Temporary assignments have an anticipated end date, if it is extended – congrats! And let us know so we can ensure everyone is on the same page. Sometimes plans change, and if we know in advance, we can help to minimise any misunderstanding. 


If you have any problems, please contact your consultant, we’re here to support you.

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