5 things you should take away from a short-term job

Want to know how to maximise your employment potential? Here are five things to take away from a short term role:

1. Is this the career for you?
Short-term positions are a great way to get an insight into a particular world of work without the commitment of a long-term contract. Use your time there as a chance to figure out if you can imagine working in the specific role, sector or company. Ask other staff members about their day-to-day work or the opportunities for progression. Have a walk around at lunchtime to get a feel for the area - is it a place you’d like to be based?

Throw yourself into the role. Could you do this on a regular basis? If you’re not that keen, no problem. At least now you know what you don’t want to do!

2. Contacts
Network, leave a good impression and make a name for yourself. Just because the organisation that you’re working for doesn't have longer-term paid opportunities, it doesn't mean that others’ you come in to contact with don’t. Make sure you provide great customer service, go that extra mile and maybe even drop in a hint about your current situation (if the chance comes up).

3. Learn new skills
In any role, always try and learn something new. We realise it’s not always that easy, especially if you're only working for a few hours. But "adding another string to your bow" can only be a positive thing, even if you don’t think it will be that useful in your immediate career.

Simple things like using a new Microsoft package or learning how to use a franking machine will all be relevant at some point. Be pro-active. If there’s a chance to take something on, do it!

4. Build up your CV
Create a list of experience based on your employment and add them to your CV. The more you've got shows your eagerness to work, that you’re a trusted and desirable employee and that you’ve gained a range of experiences in different environments.

5. Ask for feedback
Ask for feedback on your last day or as a follow-up once you've finished. If there’s no time to sit down with your manager, drop them an email later on. You can use this as a chance to thank them for the opportunity too. Take everything on board, revel in the positives and learn from any suggested areas of improvement. It’s all useful!

By Dan Bond
Posted on 19 May 2014
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