The festive season is now well and truly over and you may have been one of many that decided to take a temporary assignment over the holidays whilst employers were taking on extra employees to deal with the Christmas period.
But are you looking to make yourself a valuable asset and turn that temp job into a permanent one? If you are, keep reading for our top ten tips…
1. Bring with you a ‘can do’ attitude. Be willing to do anything. Approach every project with a positive approach and prove that you can be a valuable addition. Make yourself truly indispensable to your employer and they may consider offering you a longer term position.
2. Think of your temp assignment as an ongoing interview. Your temp assignment is an opportunity for the employer to try before they buy so go above and beyond for them. If you’ve finished your assigned tasks then ask what else you can do to help. Demonstrate that you have an outstanding work ethic and energy. Show them how responsible and dependable you are and become so valuable that they can’t imagine functioning without you. Don’t have the “it’s just a temp job” attitude and it may just turn into a permanent
3. Look the part. It’s simple really…dress for the job you want. You never know who you’ll meet when your there, a Director could walk past so always make sure you are dressed to impress regardless of how other colleagues may be dressed.
4. Keep your eyes and ears open. Observe as much as you can about the organization. Identify their needs and consider how you can help them. Be inquisitive, ask questions and show interest. As they say knowledge is power; so the more you know about the Company and how it functions the better understanding you’ll have to turn this temp job into a permanent role. Needless to say once you’re in the Company, you’ll be able to see any internal vacancies that you may never know about otherwise.
5. Fit in and be a team player. It’s extremely important to establish a rapport with your colleagues. Those considering hiring you for a permanent position will be looking at how well you fit into the already existing team.
6. Use your initiative. Employers love it if you take the initiative to make suggestions — especially those that will increase productivity, efficiency and profitability, so show how you can add value and look for opportunities to showcase your skills and improve your chances of increasing your value and landing a permanent position.
7. Complete set work to a high standard. Although it’s all good and well helping in areas that you see could be more efficient, be sure to still have the specific tasks you have been assigned done to the highest standard and don’t let anything distract or take you away from your actual job.
8. Speak up. So you want to turn your temp job into a permanent role? Then simply vocalise that to your line Manager, express interest and ask if there is an opportunity. Take the guess work out of it and ask.
9. Network, network, network. Temping is a terrific networking opportunity, you’ll be mingling with Department Heads, Supervisors, Executives, human-resource people and others with influence so be sure to socialise.
10. Know the company inside and out. Don’t go into any temporary job thinking “oh well it’s only a temp job” – research as much as you can about the Company, including what they do, what their aims are and how long they’ve been established
Even if you work your socks off and impress during your temporary contract, it may be beyond their control to make your job a permanent position, so if you’re not offered a permanent job when your temp assignment ends, don’t be too disappointed. You’ll have other opportunities and at least in the meantime know that you did all you could and will gain good references. But remember, keep in touch…your supervisor is now a part of your network and you never know what can happen.