How to Quit a Temp Job

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Many people work temporary jobs when they are in between jobs, while others use temp jobs as a way to gain additional work experience or to network within a specific industry. When you work on a temp job, you are hired by an employment agency who places you at an appropriate work site. Not all temp jobs are a good match for everyone and sometimes people end up quitting their temp assignment before it ends. However, there is a proper way to quit a temp job.

  • Inform your immediate supervisor at the employment agency that you plan to leave your job and provide the reason(s) why. Be honest with your supervisor and thoroughly explain your reason for departing from your assignment.

  • Submit a formal letter of resignation to the agency. The letter is basically a recap of what you already told your supervisor, but, as a safety precaution, you will have everything in writing and your supervisor can place a copy of the letter in your file for future reference.

  • Complete the appropriate paperwork with the agency. They may ask you to sign certain documents prior to your departure from your job. For example, you may be asked to sign paperwork regarding your final paycheck or benefits.

  • Speak with your supervisor about future assignments. Perhaps you would like to continue working for that particular agency but just on a different project. Simply ask your supervisor whether or not you can be placed at another work site. Quite often, if you have a valid reason for quitting your temp job, the agency may allow you to continue to work for them.

  • Leave your job on a good note. Even if things did not go well on your temp job, you should still remain professional at all times. Avoid saying anything negative at your job and politely say goodbye to everyone on your last day of employment at that particular work site.

Tips & Warnings

  • Please note that if you quit a temp job, you may or may not be able to work for that particular agency again.
  • If you quit your job prior to the end of the assignment, the employment agency may charge you a fee.

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