The good news: Jobs are up nearly 45% since the end of the recession in 2009. The bad news: They’re temporary.
As a leading recruiting agency with 25 years of experience, Peoplelink can tell you that if you’re unemployed and searching for your next full-time gig, you may want to consider “going temporary.” While it might not be exactly where you see yourself, keep in mind that many times employers hire on a temporary basis in order to evaluate a worker on the job. They also do so to determine whether they really need to hire a new full-time employee in order to meet demand.
So what does this mean for you? That if you play your cards right – and make yourself too valuable to let go, you can turn a temporary assignment into a full-time job. Here’s how:
Tip #1: Do Your Homework.
Just because an assignment is temporary doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest the time to get to know the company – what they do, who they serve, who their competitors are, and what kinds of challenges they face. The more you know about the company and how it operates, the more you’ll know what unique value (skills, expertise, insight, etc.) you can bring to the table there.
Tip #2: Get to Know the Culture.
Besides knowing about what the company does, it’s also important to understand who they are. In other words, learn about their unique culture – their values, mission, employer brand, who key players are, written and unwritten codes of conduct, and internal dynamics. When you understand and adhere to the culture and its nuances, you’ll feel more comfortable there – and your boss and co-workers will feel more comfortable with you, giving you a leg up when a full-time position opens up.
Tip #3: Demonstrate Flexibility.
In today’s marketplace, employers need people who can wear a lot of hats. So just because you were hired for a certain assignment, show a willingness and eagerness to take on other tasks and roles. For instance, volunteer for more work if you’ve completed your other assigned tasks. The more you contribute in a positive way, the more invaluable you will become to the employer.
Tip #4: Network Within the Company.
Make an effort to get to know other employees and key players within the company. Go to lunch with them and attend company events if you’re invited. If you make a positive impression, the more likely you are to get hired or for someone to put in a good word for you when a full-time position opens up. In addition, by getting to know other employees, they may be able to give you additional insight on the company culture and internal dynamics, which offers you a competitive advantage over other job candidates.
Tip #5: Don’t Forget the Basics.
In your quest to get a full-time job, don’t put the basics on the back burner. That means you must show up on time to work, dress appropriately, deliver quality work, maintain a positive attitude, and be professional in all your dealings with other employees.
Need Help Finding Temporary Jobs?
If you do, let Peoplelink know. As a leading recruiting agency with 25 years of experience, we can match you with a variety of temporary assignments that are a great fit for you. Contact Peoplelink today to get started or search our jobs now.