Tips for Turning Your Temporary Job into a Full Time Position this Winter

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By Lisa Hutchinson

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Tips-for-Turning-Your-Temporary-Job-into-a-Full-Time-Position-this-Winter---compressor.jpgTemporary positions are beneficial for a number of reasons. They allow employees to acquire additional knowledge and experience about the industry or work in positions they may not already have experience in. If job seekers are unsure of what kind of work would be most appropriate for them, temporary jobs are a great opportunity to test the waters and try out a variety of positions before settling on one.

There are many misconceptions about temporary work, and what may be considered a downside of temporary jobs is that they lack permanence. However, with the right attitude and hard work, you can definitely turn a temporary position into full time employment.


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If you are currently a temporary employee, or if you are applying for a temporary job, here are some tips you can try to turn your temporary job into a full time position this winter.

Take the Position Seriously

It should be noted that the little details in your job performance count. Yes, you want to show you’re a hard worker and make your abilities known, but don’t discount soft skills. Sometimes, it’s the small things that are the most noticeable.

Be aware of your behaviour in the workplace:

-Treat your supervisor and coworkers with respect.

-Dress and act in the appropriate manner. If you are unsure of the company dress code, make an inquiry or observe your coworkers’ manner of dress.

-Show up on time.

-Show you are a team player. Demonstrate a high regard for the ideas of other members of your team as you engage in meetings, discussions, projects, etc.

-Stay positive. A positive attitude will never go unnoticed.

Indicate a High Degree of Interest

If you feel content with your temporary position and feel like you would enjoy being a permanent employee, voice your interest to your supervisor.

An advantage of a temporary job is it can act as an audition of sorts. Because you are being observed, you can be on the top of the list when permanent roles open up because the manager has seen you at work.

Show Initiative

A way to stand out in the workplace is to take initiative. This is also an opportunity to show off a variety of your skills. Show a willingness to learn new skills and help with different assignments or projects if you are truly interested in doing so.

If you’ve completed your tasks and you see that there is another assignment to be done, extend an offer to help complete it. If a certain assignment is not part of your job description, don’t let it be a hindrance; step out of your comfort zone and use the extra tasks to broaden your abilities.

Make Yourself a Vital Part of the Company

By taking initiative and showing interest in a variety of tasks, you are demonstrating a wide set of skills to your manager. All of this is being recognized.

In order to turn your temporary job into a permanent position, you want to seem like an essential component in the overall success of the company.    

Be Sociable

Don’t shy away from building relationships with the full time staff. Use breaks to strike up conversations with others.

Temporary positions can also be used as networking opportunities. If you make a good impression on your coworkers and work well in a team, this is another way to stand out; they can vouch for you to be hired full time.


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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