Best way to show temp work on a resume?
March 27, 2009 7:17 AM Subscribe
Resumefilter. What's the best way to note that I worked at a company as a temp for a good long while before being hired full-time? Is it necessary? And what about those 4-5 months before I started working for the firm, when I was a temp doing the same exact work, for other companies but also occasionally for the company who ended up hiring me?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
A few years ago I worked as a legal assistant at a big firm in Los Angeles. I worked there for about 16 months as a full-time employee. (Let's say feb. 05 to june 06). Before that, I worked for them in the same capacity, only as a temp through a referral agency, for about five months (october 04 to feb 05). And before that, I worked as a legal temp in firms very much like the one I was eventually hired at full time, including once or twice for the firm that eventually hired me, for about five months.
How do I show this on my resume, while being as concise as possible? I want to use the office manager of the firm where I worked full-time as a reference, but I don't want a future employer to call her and ask how long I worked there, and have the office manager give a different answer than what I provide on my resume. I'd love to just lump that entire time I spent working as a temp together and fold it into the time I worked full-time for the firm I was hired at, but obviously that could be trouble. And I'd love to at least count the five months I was temping full-time but was not actually hired by the firm. The essence of my employment was the same, but as a point of fact, I did not actually "work for" company X for those 5 months I was a temp at the company. Ultimately, I don't want to show big gaps in my employment, but I also don't want to write down 4 months of work here, 5 months of work there. The Resume gets pretty long when you do that. What's the best course of action, mefites?