How temporary secretarial jobs can help you gain a full-time job

Two women, one of whom is in a temporary secretarial job, at a desk smiling and laughing.


Finding a secretarial job in the current market can be tough and it’s often hard to know exactly where to start looking. You may have just graduated from university, finished secretarial college or come to the end of a career break, and suddenly you’re looking for a job in a competitive and demanding industry.

You may be hesitant to consider a temporary job, but there are many reasons why it could be extremely beneficial.

Extra experience on your CV

If you haven’t got a huge amount of work experience, taking up temporary roles is a great way to bulk out your CV and make it more attractive to future employers. It will also show that you have used your time effectively and have been proactive and efficient whilst looking for a job. It will demonstrate your ability to adapt easily to a changing environment and indicate that you have a wide skillset, both of which will stand you in good stead when applying for permanent roles.

Learning new skills

Temporary jobs are a great way to gain experience and acquire new skills – for example, time management, minute taking and diary management. Different companies or bosses will have different requirements and expectations from their PAs or secretaries, so putting yourself in these situations will allow you to develop and adapt your skills to suit the environment.

Explore different industries

When looking for a secretarial or PA job, it can be difficult to know what industry you’d like to go into. You might find you thrive in a finance company or a private bank, or perhaps being part of a media or advertising firm is more appealing. Temporary roles will allow you to find out what it’s like to work in different industries and allow you to narrow your job search down to where you’d like to be. It is often helpful for recruiters to know what sector you’d ideally like to go into so they can put you forward for jobs that will really suit you.

Networking

It is increasingly important to build up your contacts when looking for a job and you can be doing this whilst temping. Be it for a good reference or to meet people who work in the sector you’re looking to go into for advice or help further down the line, networking is essential for a jobseeker and temping is a great way to build up contacts.

Make a good impression

Temporary jobs can often lead to permanent positions. You could prove yourself to be invaluable to the company and show the employer that you’re just what they’re looking for. It will also give you the chance to do a ‘test-run’ of the job and see if it is something you want to continue long-term.

Looking for a temporary job in London? Tiger can help, submit your CV today.

Author Rebecca Siciliano Tiger Recruitment Team

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