Temporary Jobs can be great for your career. You get the chance to prove what you can do on the job, not just talk about it in an interview. If you play your cards right, you can turn a temp job into a permanent position, but it’s essential that you make the most of the opportunity that’s in front of you.
Here’s What You Should Do:
Make a Great Impression
From the very first day, go in with the intention of doing your very best. It might be a temporary job, but you don’t have to treat it that way. Go out of your way to show your value to the employer every day.
Be 100% Reliable
One of the toughest challenges for employers is finding people they can count on. When you’re a temporary worker you have to be on your game 100% of the time. If you’re late for work two weeks in, they have no idea that you haven’t been late in the last three years. All they have to work with is the evidence in front of them.
Make Real Connections
Don’t hesitate to network just because you’re not sure how long you might be around. Introduce yourself, shake hands, talk to people. You never know who may be able to put in a good word for you or connect you with an opportunity.
Get to Know the Company Culture
Pay attention to the way people around you dress, interact and behave. Observe unwritten rules that will help you fit in. Employers will see you as part of the team if you already seem like a natural fit.
Stand Out on the Job
Ask for additional work or to be cross-trained in other tasks if you complete your work. Don’t complain and try to distance yourself from those who do.
Find Out if There is a Full-Time Opportunity
Don’t feel bad if turning this job into fulltime work is not it the cards. Some jobs will never have a permanent option. If it’s a seasonal position in which they are keeping a few people on after the busy season has passed, you want to put yourself in a position to be one of them.
Remember That You Are Auditioning Them as Well
The job market is in your favor right now so don’t automatically assume that THIS job is the one you want to make permanent. If you’re dreading Mondays three weeks in, why would you sign on fulltime? Don’t get fixated on making a job permanent if it’s not the right one for you.
Let Your Recruiter Know if it’s Not the Right Fit
They can find a better fitting role for you once this assignment ends. Keep doing your best on the job, because you may get a reference or a connection out of it. You should always make your best effort not to burn bridges because you never know who knows who.
Choose The Right Recruiter
At Eclipse Professional Services, our recruiters help job seekers find light industrial, administrative and skilled trades careers throughout Texas. To learn more, contact us today.