Over the last year, there has been a steady rise in temp job opportunities due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Maybe you’re one of the temps that have been able to benefit from this. You’ve worked at a few companies and really enjoyed your time there. Now you’re wondering if you’ll get a chance to work there again or maybe even be considered for a permanent position. So, do companies keep CVs of temps on file?
Increase in outsourcing
For most companies, the answer is: Yes! Companies do keep the CVs of temps on file. Some companies are making increasing use of temporary workers for certain tasks since they no longer have the manpower to do it in-house. For instance, graphic design, marketing, or copywriting work is outsourced to a freelancer to complete, while the full-time staff focus on other projects.
This means that companies may have a regular need for a specific skillset. Often, if a freelancer or temp have proven effective, the company will request their services again. They may even offer a long-term partnership to ensure your services at regular intervals.
Temping for a company may even lead to a permanent position. Many companies hire people on a temporary basis to see if they are a good fit before committing to anything. That’s why temps should always go the extra mile at every job.
In some cases, a temp’s CV is very impressive, but the company doesn’t have a permanent vacancy for them at the moment. Companies then keep the CVs of temps on file in case a suitable vacancy becomes available in the future. Take note that employers are required to notify you if they are keeping your CV, according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Since most companies will be keeping your CV on file for a few months, it’s important that the document is a professional, memorable one.
Tips to make your CV stand out
Pay attention to the formatting
It’s important that your CV looks neat and professional. Therefore, it’s essential that you don’t add tacky clipart or graphics. A CV that is easy to read is more likely to get a second look. Most importantly, always spellcheck all your documents. Spelling mistakes are the easiest way to ensure your CV lands on the reject pile.
Ensure that the most important information is highlighted. Put it under a special section, bold it or use exciting, expressive language to draw attention to it.
Include all relevant information
Despite popular opinion, less is not necessarily more when it comes to info on your CV. Since many temps and recruiters use job boards, you need to include all your job experience and skills. But you should avoid filling your CV with fluff. So what should you include? Firstly, the most pertinent personal information. Next, your relevant job experience and skills that apply to the position in question. Also, think about which of your interests and achievements relate to it. Potential employers want to know if something outside of your work experience will prove beneficial to the position on offer.
Here are a few of the UK’s most popular job boards to check out:
Gaps in your employment history
Employers don’t like unexplained gaps in employment history. You can be sure that they will ask you about it, so be prepared with a good answer to explain it. Many job seekers seek temporary employment while they are between jobs, just to fill in these gaps. If you’re between jobs, consider temping. It might lead to that permanent position you’ve been looking for.
Never lie or mislead recruiters
Recruiters will research your qualifications, job history, achievements, and phone your references. Most also check out your social media accounts and do a Google search. If you include misleading or incorrect information, it is guaranteed that your CV will end up in the trash. If you do make it past this first hurdle, bending the truth may end you in hot water or, in the worst-case scenario, lead to a dismissal, once your employers call upon you to use your skills or qualifications.
Optional: Add a custom cover letter
While your CV maybe something general that you send to all recruiters, a cover letter is something you can customize for each job. A cover letter is a great way to summarize your CV and motivate why you are perfect for the job in question. Be careful, though, recruiters don’t want a long letter full of fluff. Stick to the essentials and let your CV do the rest of the talking.
In conclusion, make sure that your CV makes a recruiter want to take a second, more in-depth look. Have a friend or family member read and critique it, as that will help you refine it even better. That way your CV will stand a better chance of being kept on file for future opportunities.
Chat to job agencies
Every job agency has contacts with different clients, so don’t be afraid to give them a call. Let them know that you’re keen on temp jobs and what you’re looking for. They’ll help match you with jobs that best fit your skills and experience.
If you’re interested in learning more about temping or remote working, why not check out our blog? It’s full of interesting and informative articles on things like the best remote working tools and the benefits of remote working.