Whether you’ve turned to temping as a way to make ends meet during the roughshod economy or whether you’ve simply chosen the temp lifestyle as your career of choice, the option of transitioning “from temp to perm” can be highly appealing. While such opportunities have not materialized as quickly in the early years of the 21st century, 18 percent of temp jobs are converted to permanent jobs each year, according to the American Staffing Association. And Employment World calls temping “the single most productive strategy to finding a full-time job.”
So how does a temp go about parlaying a temp assignment into a permanent position? Here are a few tips to help you make the transition:
1) Do Your Best: A temping assignment should be viewed as an audition. Granted, it should go without saying, but always strive to do your best. Make sure you arrive on time each and every day and follow the dress code. Behave professionally in all your interpersonal interactions, behave like part of the team, and maintain a positive attitude.
2) Demonstrate Initiative: Whenever possible, go above and beyond. Volunteer for additional responsibilities, even if they do not officially fall under the purview of your assignment. By making yourself an indispensable part of the team, you will increase your chances of being brought onboard full-time.
3) Find a Mentor: The best way to improve your chances of fitting into a company’s culture is to ask someone to take you under their wing. Such an individual will not only show you the ropes with regard to values and codes of conduct, they can also help you identify additional ways in which you can contribute to the company’s mission.
4) Enlist Your Staffing Company: Be upfront with the staffing firm who placed you at the company. Rather than informing your immediate supervisor about your desire to join the organization, allow your staffing agency to be an advocate for you. They obviously have a good relationship with the company, so tell them you are interested in transitioning into a permanent position and let them go to bat for you.