a good job brief and look the organisation up on the web -
knowledge is impressive.
the first day of any assignment a bit like an interview. Make a
good first impression. Turn up on time, neat, clean and tidy and
definitely not in hangover mode.
a pad and pen around and take notes during your briefing and while
listening to any new instructions. This is not only useful but
looks organised and builds your boss's confidence in you.
for clarification if you are unsure, or get your first pieces of
work checked out.
- be pleasant, friendly and helpful to colleagues and bosses. Show
an interest and volunteer, be a team player. Never get
over-familiar - however cosy it appears you are a 'temp' and your
star can fall as quickly as it rose.
incoming personal phone calls; don't use the company phone,
internet or business facilities for personal purposes.
your work for accuracy before submitting it (proofread, use spell
check, or calculator).
in advance for time off, keep a record of hours worked daily and
always check before working through lunch or staying late to
finish a job - you may think it is conscientious but extra hours
may need to be authorised.
you're expected to use software or equipment you are unfamiliar
with, ask for guidance, see if they have a helpline or ring your
consultancy for some quick training.
an organised exit by giving your boss a progress update or leaving
some 'hand back' notes if you've been covering for someone who is
returning. Ask if they have been happy with your work and if so,
can they recommend you to another area in the company.