Sometimes, when you receive a call from an employer, the news can be bittersweet, like getting a temp job when you applied for a permanent position. Although you aren’t necessarily part of the company, the good news is that you’re foot’s already in the door, which means that you have to be able to prove your worth in order to earn a permanent position.
In order to beat out other temps and interns for a permanent job, you have to be able to set yourself apart from the rest of the flock, that way, you’ll be able to get ahead as an employee and earn that coveted position. If you’re a temp and are looking to earn a permanent position at your current company, here’s a list of tips that can give you that competitive edge you need that’ll help you earn it.
Know the Business
If you really want to form part of the company, you have to understand what exactly your company does and learn the business. You have to make an effort to learn about the company that you’re working with, such as business practices, the competition and its consumer base. In the temporary time you have, be able to demonstrate your understanding, which will in the end, help your boss decide whether you’re worth keeping or not.
Act Like an Employee
You can’t expect to be hired full-time if you just show up and do minimal work. You have to be able to show your boss and your co-workers that you’re a hard worker, over-achiever and part of the team. Companies pride themselves in working as a unit in order to accomplish their mission, which means that you have to pull your own weight within the company and then some. Your co-workers will appreciate the help and your boss will notice.
Infiltrate the Company Culture
Sometimes, regular employees will have a company culture separate from that of interns and temps. On top of your regular responsibilities, temps that are looking to become permanent employees also need to be able to integrate themselves into the company culture. One great way to become part of the company organization is by being vocal in company meetings, socializing with co-workers and upper-management and attending company events. Remember to mingle.
Provide and Ask For Status Reports
Depending on how busy or large a company is, upper management may have a hard time keeping track of the work and productivity of low-level employees. If this is the case, you have to be able to provide status reports to upper management, which will force them to acknowledge your hard work. Also, be free to ask your boss to evaluate your performance, which will help him/her keep an eye out on your performance. You’ll definitely increase your chances of visibility.
Step Up and Show Initiative
Someone’s gotta do the dirty work. Temps basically need to demonstrate their worth by picking up the slack, or the grueling tasks that other employees don’t want to do. Even if certain tasks don’t fall under your assigned job description, be willing to consider them. If you think you can manage the extra work, then ask for it. Sometimes, managing and executing tasks that are beyond your assigned position will put you in constant contact with upper-level employees and management, which is always a plus. The more you contribute, the more indispensable you become.
Ask for Reviews
If you’re dealing with clients or customers, why not ask them to review your performance? Whether you’re mentioned in customer service feedback surveys or online via social media review sites, you’ll be able to build on your reputation as a great, essential part of the company. For data-driven progress reports to present upper-management on evaluation meetings, resources like Brand.com reviews will help you capitalize on all the positive feedback you’ve received during your employment.
In order to get ahead of the game and transition from temp to permanent, you have to be able to physically demonstrate your value to the company. By following these tips, you’ll definitely be on your way to a permanent position.