Turning that Temp Job into a Full-time Position

July 9th, 2013

According to Forbes magazine, “70% of people in temporary positions ultimately get a permanent job at that company.” If you would like to try to turn your temp position into a full-time one, the steps are simple.

Learn the company culture

Learning the culture not only helps you fit in, but it helps you get ahead. Become familiar with the company from the ground up. Know the chain of command. Show interest in the firm’s position and results in the industry.  Observe the company dynamics and internal personalities.

Be able to recognize the key players by face and name. Establish and build relationships with these key personnel. Know who you’re standing next to in the break room and don’t be hesitant to strike-up a positive and upbeat conversation. This is a great networking opportunity!

Remember that you are also auditioning the company. Are they a right fit for you? Is there room for you to grow?

Act like an employee

Remember that those first few days and weeks on the job set the tone for how you are viewed. You may not feel you are being observed, but others do see how you act. Be punctual if not early, and don’t rush to leave.

Don’t be a clock watcher. Engage and own the job, no matter how low you are in the pecking order. You aren’t just a temp; you’re a qualified candidate who is auditioning for a full-time position.

This is where your résumé becomes real. Qualities such as “self-motivated, detail oriented and strong work ethic” need to be demonstrated on the job, not just once but continuously. Show you can adapt to change and how the company does things.

Then, make yourself indispensable so that you’re the first choice if a permanent position opens. And be sure to communicate in casual conversation that you’re interested in a full-time position.

Be a team player

Part of being a team player is interacting and networking with your coworkers. Don’t isolate yourself or overshare, but do be friendly and enthusiastic. Above all show you are genuinely interested in your position and the company. Do ask relevant questions and don’t gossip.

Show your coworkers that you are there to complement their workday, not create more stress. When you’ve completed your assigned work, ask if there are any other ways you can help them. Be willing to work outside your job description and learn new things to help the team.

Temporary positions can easily bridge to a permanent position if you’re willing to go the extra mile with these simple steps.

Your goal is to match your skills with the right company. At Olympic Staffing Services that’s our goal too. Contact us and let’s chat about how we can partner to make that happen.

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  3. Rhonda Maller Says:

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