Are you working in a temporary or temp-to-hire position? Are you hoping to remain at the company full time? Use these tips to follow the path to becoming a permanent employee.
View Your Temporary Position as an Ongoing Interview
Employers often use temporary positions to test out employees. Instead of asking you interview questions, they are evaluating your on-the-job performance. Keep this in mind and stay on your best behavior.
Do Your Job Plus a Little Bit More
If you are hoping for a permanent position, you’ll need to prove you can do the job. This means showing up on time, keeping on task and completing required assignments. However, sometimes this won’t be enough. To catch your potential employer’s attention, you need to go above and beyond. This doesn’t mean you have to work 80+ hours a week. Rather, look for ways to add value. You may volunteer to help a coworker hit a deadline, take on an extra assignment or offer to stay late to finish an important project.
Search for Opportunities
Temporary assignments can be a wonderful chance for you to build your skillset. Watch for new experiences, including stretch assignments, leadership roles, on-the-job training, professional development, and mentorship programs. Then, sign yourself up. This will show you are interested in the organization and motivated to succeed. And, as a bonus, you’ll have great items to add to your resume.
Get to Know Your Coworkers
Forming positive relationships with your colleagues, even in a temporary setting, works to your advantage. When your coworkers like and respect you, they are more likely to put in a good word with the boss. Be friendly and helpful and always try to contribute to the team. And, if the job doesn’t work out, you’ve still built your professional network.
Express an Interest in Remaining at the Company
You don’t want to lose out on an opportunity because your supervisor didn’t realize you wanted to stay. Nevertheless, be careful. You shouldn’t start asking about permanent positions on day one. Establish yourself first, and give yourself some time to see if you like it there. Then, about three-quarters of the way through your assignment, schedule a meeting with your supervisor. Let him/her know you would like to remain at the organization and ask about possible openings.
Be Prepared to Apply
Some companies simply move temporary employees directly into full-time positions, while others ask temps to go through the interview process. If something becomes available, don’t delay. Have your resume and cover letter up to date and ready to go.
Are You Ready to Take the Path to Become a Permanent Employee?
At BOS Staffing, our temporary-to-hire program gives you the opportunity to try out different jobs and land a permanent position you love. We place office staff, medical professionals and light industrial workers throughout Atlanta, Georgia, and the surrounding regions. Check out our current openings today!