If you’re looking for a full-time job, there are two things you shouldn’t do:
- Don’t let disappointing employment figures and talks of a double-dip recession dishearten you.
- Don’t rule out temporary or contract assignments.
In a tough economy, temporary and contract positions offer a viable path to direct employment. Why? More and more, employers are using contingent workers as a way to get more done while keeping costs under control until the economy picks back up.
Use this employment trend to your advantage. Work as a temporary to get your foot in the door with an employer and showcase your talents on the job. When that employer is ready to hire, you will have already completed a “working interview,” and therefore be in a prime position to land the job.
Use these tips to make the most of your temporary or contract assignments, and optimize your chances of turning one into a full-time job:
- Treat the assignment as a permanent job. Whether you are there for a day or a month, give your best effort every time. Always be cheerful, positive, enthusiastic and conscientious. Offer to take on more work if you are able. Make sure that the quality of your work is equal to, or better than, the work of direct employees.
- Temp where you want to work. Accept assignments in line with your career interests. Use every assignment as an opportunity to learn more about your position and your industry. When the time comes to hire someone, you’ll be the obvious choice.
- Adopt the company’s culture. If you hope to become a direct employee, act like one from the outset. Try to blend into the culture you are working in. Learn employees’ names, figure out what makes the company tick and try to exemplify the company’s values.
- Dress the part. Contingent work is not a license to dress down. Your appearance, like the quality of your work, should be no different from that of a direct employee.
- Advertise your desire for permanent employment. Make sure your staffing representative and your on-site supervisor know that you want a direct job. Most temporary and contract positions are designed to end at some point. So if you want to be considered for a permanent position, you should take it upon yourself to communicate this desire regularly.
- Continually build your skills. Being a temporary or contract employee puts you in a unique position to learn new things. Use every opportunity to learn new skills, both on the job and through training offered by your staffing service. While on assignment, seek out mentors and garner insight from experienced employees. If your current assignment doesn’t ultimately lead to your dream job, you will be positioning yourself properly for one that does.
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