How to Ensure Your Next Professional Placement is Good for Your Overall Career

A temporary job placement may, at first blush, seem like merely a way to make rent while you’re job hunting. But if you’re smart about it, it can be so much more. Placements are an excellent way to find out first-hand about different career options, so you can better determine which professional career path you want to follow.

Hit the ground running.

By being well prepared and ready to work, you show commitment, initiative and organizational strength, even before you get started.

  • Find out exactly where to report for work. For instance, does the employer want you to come directly to a work site or their office, or should you meet them in the reception area? It seems like a minor detail, but again, it underlines your diligence and attention to detail.
  • Go on a practice run. Time out the commute and become familiar with your work surroundings ahead of time. This way, you can eliminate such unexpected hitches as rush-hour traffic on a certain highway or finding the right parking area once you get there.
  • Learn the dress code for the job. Some workplaces have tighter requirements than others. If you’re still unsure, use your best judgment and wear something sensible and conservative.

Know what to do on Day One.

Now that you’ve arrived on the job, focus on making a positive first impression.

  • Get to know your coworkers. Hopefully, your manager will introduce you. But don’t hesitate to take the initiative and reach out to people. Greet everyone with a friendly smile and a firm handshake.
  • Be an active listener. This means letting others do most of the talking and giving short verbal responses such as “yes” and “I see” to let them know you have understood. Pay attention to your body language. Avoid lazy or defensive positions such as slouching or crossing your arms. If you’re seated, lean forward slightly to show you’re interested in what the other person has to say.

Make the most of the experience.

You may find yourself in a wide variety of situations. Regardless of the circumstances, stay positive and proactive.

  • When you’re briefed on an assignment, take notes. Ask questions if you need to clarify any details.
  • Take initiative. If you run out of things to do, let your manager know, and willingly accept new tasks. This is much more helpful than simply waiting for your next directive.

Build your career.

Your placement may not directly reflect something you want to do for the rest of your life, but be sure to get the most out of it as you chart your long-term career course.

  • Ask your colleagues how they got into their profession. They’ll appreciate your interest and their tips may be very valuable to you in the future.
  • Document what you’ve worked on and who you’ve worked with. This will come in handy when you next update your resume or have to answer questions during an interview.

An experienced recruiter can be your best asset as you bolster your career, including which placements are right for you. If your chosen field is engineering, accounting, finance, marketing, logistics, tech, cybersecurity or supply chain management, consider working with the TRC Professional Solutions team of experts. Contact us today to learn more.