Looking for a permanent position with a great company? Try temporary staffing assignments! There are many reasons why you will want to consider accepting temporary work while you search for a more stable career option. In an effort to cut costs, many more companies are turning to temporary workers to maintain productivity, without the long-term commitment until the economy picks up. At this point, temps will be in the prime spot to be offered perm positions. A recent article in USA Today indicated that as many as 5% of new positions with big firms will be temporary assignments while the economy recovers.
Staffing agencies abound with many part time and full time temporary assignments that can help you stay abreast of career openings, give you plenty of real work experience and provide a nice income while you search for the perfect career. Here are some ways to turn temporary jobs into permanent roles.
Communicate your desire for permanent placement. One of the best ways to position yourself for a permanent opportunity is to speak up and let your staffing representative know. Since there are many candidates who are happy to work for a temporary time frame, recruiters do not automatically know that you are looking for more permanent placement. Never assume that your temp job will become a perm one. Communicate and often that you want a long-term job and most likely you will be thought of when the contract is up.
Become part of the corporate culture fast. A great way to land yourself a full time permanent assignment from a temporary work arrangement is to blend into the company culture that you are working in. Get to know as many people at the company as you can, offer to take on more responsibilities, and learn what makes the company tick. Take the mission statement on as your personal motto and become the go-to person in your area of expertise. Then when your contract comes up for renewal, you will already be a valuable part of the team the company will want to keep on board.
Respect your temporary assignment. From your very first day onward, be sure to follow the rules at your temporary assignment for the best chances of getting hired on. This means, showing up for work on time every shift, dressing for success, and following all instructions as given. Don’t try to test the waters early on, rather get to know the people you will be working with by observing and asking plenty of relevant questions. Show interest and pride in your work daily. Treat all others with respect, especially customers. You want to be remembered for your positive qualities if you want to get hired permanently.
Keep learning new skills. Being a temporary worker means being in the best possible position to learn all you can about new things. Take this time to learn as much as you can about your role, the industry you are working in, and the people you work for. Take classes in any area you may feel weak in as many staffing companies offer additional training opportunities both online and in the office. Seek out mentors and earn insight from more experienced employees. The more you know, the more valuable you will be when it comes time to hire people.
Need more career tips and access to great temporary assignments to launch your career? Please feel free to explore our Job Seeker’s portal at Advance Staffing Solutions today.