How to Turn a Temporary Gig into a Permanent Job
The Battle for Full-Time
It seems these days that every employer is taking new employees for a temporary test run before hiring them full-time. If that isn’t the case, the market is so insanely competitive that if you do end up getting a full-time position, the fight to get there was long and exhausting. However, the fight is worth it. You know it, and we know it. It’s just a matter of getting through it.
Temps, freelancers, contract workers — these are all interchangeable names for the temporary employee who is meant to fulfill a specific purpose for a short amount of time. Employers have a task that needs completing; and once that task is finished, well — bye!
That’s the problem these days. However, this actually gives you, the temp, an advantage because it allows you to get inside a company and see the working environment without really committing on a long-term basis. Maybe this isn’t a place you would want to sign over your life to, and working there on a contract lets you figure this out.
Some people deliberately choose temporary work because of situations in their own lives: uncertainty at home, wanting extra money, the necessity of flexibility, and other issues. However, a temporary contract mostly serves as a very, very long job interview. It gives employers the leisure of seeing exactly how the employee fits into the group dynamic, the person’s quirks, any deficiencies and where improvements need to be made.
Turning Temporary to Direct Hire
Turning that gig into a stable job requires finesse. First, you have to find out if getting hired full-time is even in the budget. If it’s not, do your best until the contract runs out and know that you will be gearing up to start the process again. You don’t want to job-hop if you can avoid it because employers and staffers do talk to one another.
Show up early and have 100% attendance if you can, family and medical emergencies excepted. You want to illustrate that you are a star employee, willing to put in the hard work and get into the pit with everyone else. Ask for extra tasks if you’re done with what you have been assigned. If you are done with those, find more things to do. Keep asking. Keep asking. Show them how remarkably productive you are.
Treat a part-time job like a full-time position. Offer to come in early or stay late. This doesn’t mean work 40 hours if you are only hired for 20, but make the extra effort and show your boss that you want to be there. Walk the walk instead of talking the talk. It makes more of an impact.
Learn on the job. Identify key aspects of the position that are important to you growing and advancing, and start working on them — even if you don’t think you have a chance of being hired full-time. Your boss will be impressed if he sees you learning about eDiscovery methods.
The time will come when you get your chance. All you have to do is keep trying.
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