How to Include Staffing Jobs on Your Resume

A lot of people are unsure how to list temporary or contingent jobs on their resume. No wonder – you did all of your work at one business, maybe even at a cool company that would look good on your resume, but your paycheck came from a staffing company. So who do you list on your resume?

The answer is simple: either one, or even both. The key is to make sure it’s easy for a recruiter to understand what you did, where and when you did it, and why it matters. As long as you make that clear, and you’re consistent through the whole resume, you have the flexibility to highlight whatever you think will look better to employers. Here are three examples of how you could list your contingent experience:

One Contingent Assignment
If you want to feature a high-profile company where you worked on a contingent assignment, just make it clear that a staffing firm was involved:

Technical Support Specialist, HotTechCo (via ABCStaffing), January – July 2016

(List of specific details)


If you’d rather emphasize the staffing firm (maybe you worked at a hot startup that went out of business), you can swap the business names:

Technical Support Specialist, ABCStaffing (at HotTechCo), January – July 2016

(List of specific details)


Multiple Assignments with One Staffing Firm
If you’ve worked multiple assignments for the same staffing firm, you can group these together under a single header. This reduces clutter and emphasizes your success on multiple assignments:

Technical Support Specialist, ABCStaffing, February 2015 – July 2016

HotTechCo, January 2016 – July 2016

(List of specific details)

BigNameBrand, June 2015 – December 2015

(List of specific details)

SmallStartup, February 2015 – May 2015

(List of specific details)


Multiple Assignments with Multiple Staffing Firms
Pick the format you prefer and use it consistently for each example:

Technical Support Specialist, HotTechCo (via 123Staffing), January – July 2016

(List of specific details)

Help Desk Support, BigNameBrand (via XYZStaffing), June 2015 – December 2015

(List of specific details)

Technical Support, SmallStartup (via ABCStaffing), February 2015 – May 2015

(List of specific details)

Your resume is a marketing piece, and you’re the product you’re marketing. Emphasize whatever facts you think will make you more attractive to an employer. Just make sure what you say is true, that each entry is in a consistent format, and that you emphasize your accomplishments, not just your responsibilities.

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