Are you considering taking on a temporary job? Whether this is your first ever temp role or you’re an experienced pro, it pays to get the inside scoop from those already working in the industry. To that end, we surveyed over 2,000 internal staff to ask: “What advice would you give a new temporary worker in their first assignment? What common mistakes should they avoid? What should they focus on to succeed?”

The results gave us some fascinating insights. Here are the top pieces of advice for those looking to make a success of their time as a temporary worker:

Make sure you have a good relationship with your recruiter and keep the lines of communication open. Reach out to your manager regularly and be sure to show that you understand the team’s goals. Be clear on expectations, so there are no surprises down the line. Take your orientation and first day seriously and never be tempted to compromise your ethics. Don’t rely on the job to support you financially and be careful to stay out of any office politics or controversy. Put the work in, take care of yourself and maintain a positive attitude.

These tips will give you a great head start on the road to success as a temporary worker. Don’