GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- As another holiday season approaches, employers are adding more temporary holiday jobs to help with the increased business activity. Historical data shows that up to 40% of these positions will transition to full-time positions after the season is over. This is part of the hiring strategy that employers have already approved as part of the budgeting process for the new year. But, they will only transition those temporary holiday employees that prove themselves during the busy holiday season. Here are a few tips that will help position yourself to convert your temporary holiday job into a full-time job:
1. View your temporary job as an audition
In many cases, the employer views the temporary position as an audition for a full-time job. You need to perform at or above the level of a permanent employee, which will increase the probability of being considered for a full-time position. Too many times, people will not consider working a temporary holiday position, thinking that the expectations for performance will be low and the position won't lead to anything. In reality, you are being "test driven" by the employer to help them determine if they want to hire you on a full-time basis.
2. Request more responsibility
After you've had a chance to show what you can do in the temporary position, request more hours, additional training for other support roles or any activity that shows initiative. Employers notice temporary employees that go above and beyond what their job calls for. Also, never show up late or leave early, even if its just by a few minutes. An employer assumes that any habits you exhibit as a temporary employee will continue after becoming a full-time employee. And, before you leave for the day, check with your supervisor if they have everything they need from you for the day. This demonstrates that you are willing to put in the extra time and effort to get things done.
3. Dress to impress
The quality of your work as a temporary holiday employee should be no different from that of a full-time employee. Similarly, your appearance should be no different from a full-time employee's either. Mistakenly, some people believe that a temporary holiday position is a license to dress down.
If you want to be considered a professional, dress the part. Always ask what the company dress code policy for the position is before starting and never stray away from the dress code, even if you think nobody pays attention to your appearance.
4. Network with other employees
Your chance of moving into a permanent position depends on your chemistry with co-workers. Get to know as many people as possible, even outside of the department. Make your name, face, and good attitude recognizable to everyone you can. Don't be afraid to discuss work or small talk with full-time employees. You need to be comfortable with your co-workers. Make good friends. When it comes time to fill a permanent position, it doesn't hurt to have the people in charge, lobbying for you.
5. Know the company
Find as much information about the company, its history, products & services, new markets and any other information that helps communicate in your conversations at work, that you understand the business and where its headed, and how you can contribute to its growth. By making this effort, it demonstrates to the employer you've made an investment in getting to know the company and you're willing to learn more about the business in order to help it grow. Remember, if you're not interested in the company, why would they be interested in you?
Contrary to popular belief, the holiday season is one of the best times to be looking for a new job. Taking a temporary holiday position may not be every person's cup of tea, but it is hardly unskilled labor. Temping is more like a delicate art form. Taking a temporary holiday position provides numerous benefits and opportunities for a person with the right background, knowledge, and attitude. And by using the right strategy, your temporary holiday job may be the right vehicle you need to transition to a full-time opportunity and jumpstart your career.
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