How to turn your temp job into a permanent position

Sharon O'Donnell - 16/11/2017
How to turn your temp job into a perm job

If you're looking for work and haven't considered taking up a temporary position, ask yourself why. Is it because you think temping won't give you what you need? − i.e. you believe temporary roles won't cut it in terms of job level and responsibilities. Or perhaps you've simply not thought of it as an option as you're holding out for a permanent position.

The truth is, temping can get you closer to snapping up that permanent position than you think. It's all about getting a foot in the door; proving yourself in your role and being well-prepared when a permanent position comes up. 

In the meantime, temping can help you add to your skills and experience, and it's also a useful way of figuring out which roles fit you and which don't.

With plenty of benefits, temping might just be the route to take to land your dream job. Here are some tips on turning your temporary position into a permanent one:

1. Showcase your skills

Performing well in the role is crucial if you want to move on from a temporary to a permanent position. Think of it as a prolonged trial period: you'll want to impress your employer as best you can. Make them aware of your skills and volunteer for fresh challenges to show them that you can pick up new ones quickly. At the end of the day you're in a better position to showcase your abilities than most external candidates, so make sure you make the most of this opportunity.

2. Be reliable and dedicated

Required skills and experience are only one part of the job description, and employers will be looking for applicants who display dedication, reliability and a can-do attitude. If you want to move to the top of the list of considerations you'll have to show enthusiasm for your job and an overall solid work ethic; the bare minimum won't cut it.

3. Grow your network

Temping gives you the opportunity to establish and grow relationships within the company. Colleagues are valuable additions to your network, so take the time to get to know them. Also try to meet key people within the organisation; if they know who you are and the value you add to the business, they might think of you when an opportunity comes up.

4. Share your aspirations

Let your manager know that you're interested in a permanent position to grow your chances of being considered when the time comes. Also make sure you communicate the reasons behind your interest; you can relate this back to your current position by explaining how much you enjoy it and wish to carry on within the company.

5. Show that you're a valuable addition to the team

Even though your job is temporary, it's important that you fully integrate yourself within the team, showing that you are a valuable asset. This means having a thorough understanding of your role and place within the team, while proving that you're willing to help out in other areas if needed.

If you're struggling to get the job you want, temping might be exactly what you need. Even if a permanent position isn't on the cards, don't despair: the skills and experience you'll gain from temping might just get you considered for a position elsewhere.

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