Tips for making a temporary job into a permanent one

Most of the time an organization will use temporary-to-permanent positions as a way to “try before they buy.” Here’s how to get employers to “buy” your services.

Get to know the company

Try and get to know the ins and outs of the business that you’re working at including; what services or products they offer, what industry they’re in, and who their competition is, etc. Doing your homework is essential if you’re hoping to stay with a company and turn your position permanent. The more you know, the more important you’ll be to your employer and the company.

Demonstrate flexibility

Make yourself available for tasks even ones that don’t fit into what your position’s duties are. Volunteer for extra work because this will show that you have initiative, commitment, and a strong work ethic. The more you add to the company the more involved you become, which makes you more fundamental for the company.

Don’t forget about your staffing agency

Remember that your staffing agency has an ongoing relationship with the company you’re at otherwise you wouldn’t have a temp-position there. You can benefit from knowing this by letting your staffing agency know as soon as possible that you are keen on turning your temp job into a full-time position with the company.

You may think that going directly to your manager will be a good move but, doing so could backfire. It’s always a good idea to go through your staffing agency, let them be your campaigner after all that’s what they are there for, to help you and your employer.

Become part of the team

Quite often being a temp worker means that you’re not always included as part of “the team.” However, you have the power to change that by taking initiative and getting to know your colleagues.

Offer to help your co-workers, take the time to learn about them and create relationships. The more time and effort you put into getting to know your team, the more your co-workers will know you and keep you in mind for future jobs within the company.

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