Experts predict that by 2020, 43 percent of the U.S. workforce will be comprised of flexible workers as part of the “Gig Economy.” This includes freelancers, “gig” workers (think Uber driver), and contract/temporary employees. Despite the trend towards flexible work, 75% of temporary workers would like full time employment. If you fall into that category, how can you morph your temporary engagement into a full time opportunity?
Talented professionals choose temporary work for a variety of reasons. Some look to temporary work to build their skills or knowledge in a particular field. Other temporary professionals seek flexibility and the ability to choose when and where they will work. Often, temporary employees look to flexible employment as a bridge to a new career or to a new city. Most temporary employees, however, use temporary employment as a means for finding full time work.
How can you turn your temporary opportunity into full time employment? Follow these four tips and you’ll be on your way:
- Make sure your work shines. The #1 thing to remember is that every day on a temporary job is like an interview. The company you’re working for has the chance to see you in action. This is a fantastic time for you to make a great impression and get the edge over outside candidates. Put your best foot forward at every opportunity, starting with your appearance to your punctuality and all the way through to your reliability and productivity.
- Make sure your attitude shines. Culture fit. Team player. That’s how you want to be perceived during your temporary engagement. Put forth the kind of energy, attitude, and enthusiasm that the team can’t live without. Be engaging and friendly. One of the biggest concerns a hiring manager has when bringing someone new on board is, “will they mesh with the team? What will this employee be like to work with?” When you’re a temporary employee, your hiring manager gets to find out first hand what you’re like and how you’ll work with the team. Leverage the opportunity.
- Network. Build relationships during your temporary assignment. Meet everyone you can and learn as much as possible about the company you’re assigned to. Even if you don’t get hired permanently, expanding your network is beneficial in numerous ways. Connect on LinkedIn with the people you meet during your temporary assignment and nurture relationships that can help you down the road.
- Communicate. If you’re interested in the job, let someone know. Don’t wait for someone to come to you. Advocate for yourself and make sure your desires are known. Two pointers here. First, your communication should include both your supervisor AND your staffing agency. In fact, your best bet might be to talk to your recruiter first because they can help you in many ways. You want them “in the loop” at all times. The second pointer is to be patient. Don’t be pushy. And don’t be disappointed if you don't get hired on. While temporary employment is a great avenue to full time opportunity, as with anything in life, there are no guarantees.
Follow these four tips and the odds of being hired on will be in your favor.
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