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.
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.
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. Be available to pitch in wherever needed and voice that availability to those around you.
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 us. 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.