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December 14, 2017

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Recent Grad? -- What You Need to Know to be a Temp

Temping is a great way for a new jobseeker to gain experience in the working world. Unfortunately, employers still look for job seekers to have some experience even for entry-level positions.

Recruiters will test on job seekers to ascertain their abilities with different software. The most common tests are in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint for positions such as administrative assistants. Applicants should have some basic knowledge of these programs in order to gain such a position.

Also important is the ability of applicants to communicate clearly and handle multiple tasks. Other skills employers look for are phone etiquette, customer service skills, and the ability to work independently as well as within a group. With the amount of competition out there, you need to be as well rounded as possible.

So how do you get the experience employers are looking for?

Temping can be a rewarding experience as long as you know what youíre getting yourself into. Know that youíll be working in a variety of assignments and you need to be open-minded about them. Once you get that job, donít forget to do more than just complete what youíre assigned to do. Try to do more and show enthusiasm. It could lead to a permanent position. Temping is a great way to get experience in new things. Learn as much as you can about different departments, practice using new technologies you havenít been exposed to before, and always ask as many questions as you need to. Donít forget above all to stay positive and keep in mind that everyone around you is a potential networking contact so keep marketing yourself as much as possible.

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