Tips on Turning a Temporary Employment Scenario into Full-time Work

Here’s an oldie-but-goodie blog post from quite awhile back that we dug up to present to our readers. We truly appreciate our temp employees and their hard work for our clients. We’d like to see all of them get temp-to-hire opportunities that become full-time jobs. Often-times this is possible from the get-go and an agreed-upon part of a client contract with Flex-Team. Other times, the attitude, work ethic and performance of our temp workers so impresses their supervisors that they get offered a full-time position. With that information understood on how our permanent placements work, please read the tips below that can help you stay employed and land a job that is satisfying and sustainable for the long haul here in northeast Ohio.

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If you’re looking for permanent work, you might be hesitant to accept a temporary work position— or even a temp-to-hire– opportunity. Yet, declining these types of positions might make you miss a valuable opportunity to land just the type of job you were looking for all along. Are you wondering how to convert a temporary job into a long-term career? Consider the following tips:

Find your niche. Many staffing companies specialize in particular areas; for example, one staffing company might focus on light industrial positions, while another might handle primarily accounting jobs. What type of long-term position are you looking for? What’s your experience and background? If you’re looking for a permanent manufacturing job, it makes little sense to register with an IT staffing company. So, first thing’s first: find a staffing company that’s the right fit for you. At Flex-Team, our primary focus is on light industrial and office admin positions. We also handle specialized recruiting for more advanced positions.

Make your skills known. When you’re on a temporary assignment, make sure your supervisor is aware of any relevant skills you have. For example, if you’re on a temporary assignment in a warehouse and you’re forklift-certified, let your supervisor know this fact about you. This could potentially be important information for him to have in the event of any future job opportunities. Why keep your talents a secret when they can benefit both you and your future employer?

Put in the extra effort. While doing just enough to get by might be sufficient on a short-term assignment, it’s not likely to land you any long-term job offers. So go the extra mile when you’re a temporary employee. When you finish your assigned duties, ask your supervisor what else you can do to help. Take initiative and give suggestions when appropriate. Learn about the company you’re working for; research their background, products, employees, and competitors. Doing so will show your supervisor that you are a motivated go-getter who would make a valuable permanent team member. Employees who work hard and show initiative are never ignored.

Keep your ears open. Don’t expect a long-term opportunity to come knocking on your door. Instead, keep your ears open; listen for information about possible vacancies. Consider how your skills and experience might make you a good fit for available opportunities. It’s wise to look at the bulletin boards and employee notices at your temp job location too. Sometimes jobs are advertised internally that never make it outside the walls of the workplace. Being an insider has its advantages!

For more information about ways to succeed as a temporary employee, please contact us today! Our employment specialists are looking to work with all sorts of individuals who are ready and willing to work to get ahead in life.

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