If your CV is currently tailored to permanent positions, steer clear of using it for temp roles. This is your first and best opportunity to accentuate your skills and attributes that show you’re well suited to working on a contract.
Marketing temps are often brought in to cover situations such as a new product launch, to help during a busy campaign time, to help redefine brand strategy as well as the standard situations of covering a role during maternity leave or while a permanent recruitment process is being carried out. So you need to place yourself as the perfect solution to make an immediate impact to the department.
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With an up-to-date CV, we can find the most suitable temp or contract marketing job to suit you. We know the market back to front so let your consultant know about any new skills, systems knowledge and qualifications – we’ll tell you how to order your CV so that the skills in highest demand are at the forefront.
If you are in the process of rejuvenating your CV for temp roles, focus on technical skills, flexibility, availability and your ability to fit in with the existing team. Here are our top four suggestions:
1. Keep it relevant
If you have worked in a number of temporary assignments before, you don’t need to include every single role you’ve had, just the ones that are most applicable to the role you’re currently applying for. Perhaps group similar placements under one heading, putting your most relevant t assignments first, but be sure to mention the date and length of assignment of each.
2. Show why you’re a good candidate for a temp role
Adaptable, flexible, quick to learn; temps must consistently exhibit a judicious mix of technical and soft skills. Showcase yours in a career summary at the top of your CV so that employers are sold on you from the outset.
3. Make it different
Don’t just list your job skills, describe what you’ve achieved applying these skills in the workplace. List your major accomplishments for each assignment, using the STAR technique as a template; describe the Situation, the Task required as a result, the Action you took and the Result of that action.
4. Let Google know who you are
Google, and other search engines, uses complex algorithms to match search criteria with relevant content. For example, if you were applying for a digital marketing role, the relevant content will need to mention key words from your experience such as SEO, PPC, affiliates etc. Google behaves in much the same way as a seasoned HR manager. If your CV manages to get your USPs in the first paragraph, Google will find it.
Why not use your newly updated CV to apply for temporary marketing jobs today.