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Adding temporary employment can seem a little tricky if you’re trying to use a standard template to fill in the content of your resume, as this may portray you as a “job hopper”. It’s actually very easy and is just a matter of getting familiar with a bit of formatting and structure within the content of your resume document.

Here are a few steps to keep in mind when incorporating your temporary employment history, or “temp assignments” into your resume.

  1. Place the name of the staffing agency first and the corresponding dates of employment.
  2. Below that, include a one-line summary of how many assignments you completed, in what areas or industries, and for how long in each.
  3. List the clients you worked for, starting with your most recent, along with corresponding dates, duties and accomplishments.
  4. Continue listing your previous work experience, as applicable, just as you would in a traditional chronological resume format.

Click on the image below for a more detailed and visual description of this process:

Comments on: "How To Incorporate Temporary Employment On Your Resume" (2)

  1. I don’t agree, I had did this for the 5 jobs I had with 1 temp agency and each employer I would show that resume to acted like I was a job hopper or was confused by it. I ended up just showing 1 temp job as if I did that the whole time I was with that employer and had better success.

    • Hi Dre, it’s unfortunate that this method didn’t work for you as it served to be an effective presentation layout for my clientele. When I was a hiring manager and recruiter, this method was successful with not only showing how long the job candidate was employed with the staffing agency [see first line in resume for ABC Staffing from 2007 to 2010] – (which told me that the agency clients were happy with the work the employee was contracted for) – but also what type of experience/work the staffing agency elected to fill with job candidates and how that was relevant to the permanent position he/she was applying for in my department. There is not a single method that will work well for everyone. This particular method was attractive to hiring managers I worked with and recruited for as well. There are plenty of ways to market yourself as a job candidate. Feel free to get creative and try alternative methods! Ask recruiters/HR folks what method they prefer their job candidates to lay out their experience on the resumes they receive, that way there’s no question! Thank you for your feedback and best wishes on a successful job hunt! ~ Christine

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