How Temporary Agencies Can Lead to Permanent Employment

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By Lisa Hutchinson

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How Temporary Agencies Can Lead to Permanent Employment.jpgIf you are currently a job seeker, you might have forgotten about temporary agencies. Sometimes we assume that temporary positions or contract jobs will not benefit our long term goals, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Temporary agencies are highly beneficial in helping job seekers find work. Especially if you are new to your chosen field, these staffing agencies can be a great step forward in getting your foot in the door. However, retaining the position is up to the individual. Temporary positions can absolutely lead to full time positions, but for them to do so, an added effort is required on your part.

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As the job market proceeds to get more and more competitive, there are more job seekers than there are available positions out there. Companies, therefore, have an extensive selection of potential hires. As a result, employers are allowing themselves to be much more particular with their hires, looking not only at a candidate’s education and abilities, but also at personality and how well they can assimilate themselves into the company culture.

Once hired for a temporary position, do your best to stand out.

Proceed on for some tips on how temporary agencies can help you find permanent work.

Display Flexibility

Flexibility is a great asset with any position and in any company.

A temporary agency acts as a liaison between job seekers and businesses. Therefore, when speaking with an agency, you want to put forward that you can easily adapt to new developments or different tasks. This will then be conveyed to a company employer. Showing a willingness to learn will allow the agency to expand their search, looking at a variety of positions.

If there are extra tasks that need completing, and you have the time and skills to do it, volunteer. Employers will notice this and take note of the flexibility and enthusiasm you show. If the task correlates with a department or position different from yours, don’t let this stop you. It will show your boss and coworkers a heightened level of interest.

Maximize Your Time in the Company

Take note of other positions within that company. Look at the skills required. This will allow you to get a grasp of other potential positions for yourself. If something appeals to you, do more research on the particular position and volunteer to help the staff with their tasks. You will be able to get an idea of the kind of work you might want to do on a long-term basis.

Integrate Yourself With the Team

When companies are in need of short term workers, they hire staffing agencies to aid in recruitment. Because employers are putting their trust in people to be ambassadors for their company on a temporary basis, the interview process can be rigorous. Jobs are no longer solely about skill and education. Employers now pay more attention to how individuals fit into the workplace culture. If there is a clash in work ethic, it will cause some discomfort in the work environment.

Even though you’re a temporary worker in a company, don’t let this hinder you from making connections with the full-time staff. Be social and assimilate yourself into the company. This will further allow you to connect with the company culture.

Hiring temporary workers gives employers an opportunity to get a sense of people’s character and work ethic while on the job. Therefore, when positions become available, you, as a temporary employee, will have an advantage over other applicants, especially with the connections you’ve made and experiences you’ve earned.


Lisa Hutchinson

I started with Liberty Staffing in 2004 as the Regional Business Manager of the London office. I have over 20 years of experience in the customer service and retail sectors, as well as leadership experience including Store Management, People Development and Recruiting. In 2016, our London location moved to a larger office in order to accommodate growth of our business, which included adding a Clerical Division.

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