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What Will the New Year Bring?

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: December 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

Use Every Opportunity You Can

If you take it as a positive, a temp or contract position allows you to earn a living while still actively seeking permanent employment. It also gives you a ‘foot in the door’, so to speak, at a company that might not otherwise consider your application.

While on your temp position, treat it as permanent. That is, show the employer that you care what happens during your watch. You’re there not just to get a paycheck but to make certain that you help your employer make money or save money.

Ask for the more difficult assignments. Volunteer to do tasks others wouldn’t consider. Learn all that you can about the industry and position. Even if that employer doesn’t retain you after your contract expires, you have additional skills to bring to your next boss. By building upon what you know and what you can do, you’ll make yourself indispensible to a company. And you need to reflect that on your resume.

Paint Yourself as the Perfect Candidate

Make certain that each of your resumes is individualized to the company where you’re applying. Don’t make the mistake of using a cookie-cutter approach, hoping that one resume will fit all situations.

It won’t.

You have to prove, within 7 seconds or less, that you’re the ideal candidate for the position. The only way to do that is to dovetail what you know and what you can do within the resume’s opening summary.

Rather than looking at the downside of the economy and the job market, make it work for you. Use that temp or contract position as your stepping stone to a permanent position, a raise, more authority and the dream job you deserve.

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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