How to Turn a Temporary Position Into a Full-Time Opportunity

Recent research has shown that 35 percent of employers plan to convert their best temporary workers into full-time employees. So if you’re working in a temp job, and you’d like to see it become permanent, take heart. There are no guarantees, but there are ways to strengthen your chances. In many ways, it involves approaching it as you would any other professional opportunity.

Treat it like a permanent job.

Be a reliable, enthusiastic team member – one who not only meets, but exceeds, expectations.

  • Treat each task as a chance to demonstrate your value and learn new things. Make an effort to master new skills. Ask questions. Once you’ve acclimated yourself, offer well-thought-out suggestions and remain open to feedback.
  • Blend into the culture. In addition to researching the company via its website and marketing materials, observe the more nuanced, unwritten aspects of your work environment, such as how people dress, behave and interact with one another. Do your best to navigate the internal dynamics between individuals, departments and your co-workers.
  • Take initiative. If your workload slows down and you find yourself with some extra time, volunteer to assist with other tasks. This way, you can showcase skills you may not otherwise use on the job. Demonstrate your desire to learn by taking advantage of any relevant training programs offered by your employer.

Build relationships.

Relationships are the cornerstones of a successful career. Cultivate as many as you can.

  • Be friendly and approachable. If you’re naturally shy or introverted, this will require a more deliberate effort, but it doesn’t mean you’re any less sincere than someone who is more outgoing. Getting to know your co-workers on a more personal level will shed light on how you would mesh with the team in a permanent role.
  • Introduce yourself to others. Try not to eat lunch or sit at break alone. Attend company social events. This networking will pay off – and you may find a mentor or other contact, or make a friend.

Express your interest.

Convey your interest in a permanent position to both the company and your staffing agency.

  • Be explicit in communicating this information to your recruiter. With your employer, take a subtler approach. Don’t gush or overdo it, but find openings to talk about aspects of the job you like and what you appreciate about the company. Ask for advice on how to improve your performance. Soliciting feedback is always looked upon favorably.
  • Keep an open mind. While you may have your eye on a certain full-time role, consider other positions at the company that may be a good fit. By keeping your options open, you may stumble across a career path you never knew you’d love.

Ready for your next opportunity?

Lyons HR is in the business of making the right employee/employer matches in light industrial, automotive, administrative and professional roles, including customer service, data entry, call center and sales support, finance and marketing. Our client base encompasses a diverse group of employers throughout the Southeast. Contact us today so we can discuss your next great job!


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