Turning a Temporary Placement into a Career

04.30.18 | Professional Development

In recent years, temporary employment has turned into a valuable option for many in the workforce. It gives you the opportunity to try out a position without the commitment to a job that may not be the right fit. However, what happens if you want to stay?

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Fortunately, your temporary employment doesn’t need to stay that way forever. Don’t let yourself be afraid of the position ending – try these suggestions to turn your temporary placement into a career:

Become an Expert in the Company

Your employer might expect you to float by, do the work that needs to be done, and leave at the end of your staffing term. Rather than slip into this cycle, dedicate yourself to learning all you can about the company and make an effort to put that knowledge to use. This passion will show and get you noticed.

Work Like You’re Never Leaving

It’s easy to focus on your limited tasks and push yourself to do them well, but there’s value in behaving as if that isn’t the end of your employment. Do your assigned work, but branch out beyond it. If you see a project you could start to help the company, pitch it to your supervisor. Ask your co-workers if they need additional help with their work. Volunteering, in general, is an excellent way to get you connected to projects that last longer than your contract.

Make Friends in the Office

If you sit in your workspace every day, you’ll be mostly forgettable. When it comes time to review your contract, you want to engage continuously as the person who is consistently engaged. Eat lunch in the break room, participate in birthday parties and attend happy hours to stand out and establish deeper relationships with co-workers.

Trust Your Recruiter

If you’re working with a staffing agency, they may have leveraged their partnership with the company to get you the position in the first place. Tell them about your aspirations and let them go to bat for you.

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