Temporary positions are a great way to try out a company (if you’re the employee) and try out the employee (if you’re the hiring company). If you’re a temp employee looking for full-time work, below are some tips to maximize your time at your temp job.
Do your research
First of all, find out if the temporary job has the possibility of turning into a full-time employment opportunity. Then, be sure that you are working in a position that your training qualifies you for and in which you would like to function in the future. There’s little use in applying for a receptionist position when your degree is in sales, and that is where you believe your future lies, unless the job market is simply extremely competitive.
Get to know the company and its best people
Learn what the company is all about, from its vision down to the details of executing business. In the meantime, don’t forget about the many hard-working business owners, partners, managers and everyday employees and what they have to share. Glean the most you can from each day at the office while always striving to do your best work.
Go above and beyond
Each day, give 110% because how you start is a great indication for possible future employers about what kind of work they can expect from you. Be willing to ask questions but also be willing to take the ball and run with it when needed. If you need to eat lunch at your desk rather than go out in order to finish a project, do it. If you need to arrive a little early or stay a little late, make it happen. Be available to pitch in wherever needed and voice that availability to those around you.
Earn the right to be heard
Once you’ve learned the business and its people and worked hard to be invested in its success, you have most likely earned the right to be heard. Speak up to make suggestions for improvements, whether it’s streamlining a process, marketing a new product or something else, and then follow through with implementing your suggestions. Potential employers will most likely see your investment in the success of their company and keep that in mind when the next hiring season comes around.
Communicate your interest in full-time employment
In a positive and tactful way, communicate your desire to work for the company to the hiring manager, your immediate manager and the staffing agency. Then, be flexible with how it plays out. You may try something like, “Wow! I never imagined I’d enjoy working for a company so much” or “I would jump at an opportunity to be part of this company’s team on a full-time basis.”
Of course, not every temporary job results in a full-time one, but being invested in the company and exceeding expectations while you’re there go a long way in making you a front-runner at hiring time.