As the offer of temporary positions become more common across many businesses, the role of the temporary worker is growing increasingly important. Many workers favour a temporary role due to its allowance of flexibility, as well as the opportunities it can provide with regards to developing new skills. For others, however, a temporary role is one which is undertaken with the hope of something more permanent at the end of the road. Last summer’s Taylor Review of Modern Working Practises has addressed the possibility of permanency surrounding temp workers, arguing that temps working with the same employer for over twelve months should have the right to request a fixed position, raising questions over the role of the temp. Whilst not guaranteed, there are some steps you can take throughout your time as a temp that could make a permanent job offer a more likely possibility.
Make It Clear You’d Be Open to a Permanent Position
By subtly letting your boss know you’d be interested in a permanent position, you not only look dedicated to your role, but it should also put you at the forefront of your boss’ mind when they are considering for a permanent role.
Put in the Effort
Try not to get into the mindset of just turning up and doing the usual, or see yourself just as ‘the temp’. if you go that extra mile with each task you are given, it will show that you can be an asset for the team in the long run, and therefore make it more likely for your employer to feel like you could be needed permanently.
Get to Know People
Making a real effort with your co-workers is something you should do regardless of whether there is a possibility of being kept on permanently or not. Befriending them will not only make your days easier and faster, it will show that you can integrate into the company culture well, making it even more likely that your boss will see you are a good fit.
Adapt to the Company Culture
A personality fit can be just as important as your qualifications and past experience when it comes to securing a job. Dress accordingly, and use it as the chance to show that you fit in well with the company. You should view your temporary position somewhat as an ‘extended interview’. This goes both ways – working temporarily not only gives the company time to assess you, it also gives you the chance to assess them, and decide if it has the culture of somewhere you’d like to work permanently.
Make the Most of the Opportunity
Temp opportunities can be invaluable in giving you the chance to learn and develop new skills, possibly in an area you haven’t worked before. You should use it to learn as much as you can, ideally as quickly as you can. Showing your boss that you’re eager to learn new things shows that you have a real interest in the role, and will definitely keep you in their mind when and if permanent positions become available. Even if a permanent opportunity does not arise, the skills you’ve learned will make a great addition to your CV and your next role.
Although you should make your boss aware that you’d be interested in a permanent position, don’t come on too strong. It can be tough waiting throughout your full temporary role to find out if you’ll be kept on or not, but patience is key. Nearer the end of your time at the company, find out if there is a possibility of being kept permanently. If so, make it clear that this is something you’d be interested in.
Temporary positions are a fantastic opportunity, and a great way to get your foot in the door. To enquire about our current available vacancies, or for information on temporary roles, contact us at Stafffinders.