Nearly 15 million career opportunities are provided by the staffing industry each year, and that number is increasing. Staffing companies are viewed by many companies as a resource for extended interviews, so they can secure the most talented and valuable employees. Those that prove that they are right person for the job are offered a permanent position with a company an overwhelming majority of the time. Our team at 4MHR wants to assist you in knocking the ball out of the park once you are chosen for a contract position, so you can turn that contract opportunity into a permanent position! Here are 10 tips to help you achieve that goal:
· Be reliable!
You can’t do the job if you are not there! Show up, do the job, and communicate with your team that you can be counted on with your actions.
· Have the right frame of mind
Treat the contract position like it is permanent – that can make all the difference. By going the extra mile, you are giving the company a preview of what they would be getting if they offer you a permanent position, or from another perspective, what they would be missing out on if they don’t! Act as if you are already a member of the team, and it is more likely to happen.
· Be interested
All too often, contract employees will treat a contract position as “less than”, and don’t take the opportunity seriously. We can assure you that the company that brought you in is taking your employment very seriously! You need to do more than just show up. Be of service to the people that you work with, and make them feel as though they cannot live without you.
· Show value
It does not matter what industry you are in or what your skill set is – proving value is essential in creating long-lasting employment. Determine what metrics are important to the decision makers of the organization and make those a priority. Whether it’s straight production or creating a strong relationship with a client, doing what is valued makes a difference. Create value for the company that hired you – that’s how you become indispensable!
Networking is that one tip that everyone knows and shares. Take some time to make connections with your coworkers and supervisors, and stay in contact with them. It is also important to remember that you should keep in touch on a regular basis, not just when you are looking for a job.
· Offer a fresh perspective
If you were selected for a position, you most likely have some experience working in the industry. What has worked for other companies you worked for that you could offer to implement with your new employer? Identify productivity gaps that you could implement and present the information to your employer, then take initiative.
· Build strong relationships
Make a point to introduce yourself and shake hands with others on the team. Be visible to others and show interest in them and their goals. Those that are already there will be your eyes and ears on new positions that are being hired for, and more importantly, they will be your voice. People that you create relationships with will let supervisors know about the “awesome temp” in the department.
· Set goals and exceed them
One of the most impactful things that you can do is set goals for yourself. If you see a project, set a timetable and tackle it. Let others know when you expect to be done and beat those goals. You do not need to parade your accomplishment, but in one-on-one time with your supervisor, let them know what you are working on and when it will be completed. Rest assured, when you finish early and do a great job, it will be noticed.
· Ask for the job
Sounds simple, right?! Let the employer know early in the contract that you could see yourself here for the long haul. Find out what it takes to be permanent and do it! Be flexible, and let people know that you would like to be considered for a permanent position.
· Be patient
A company will not let go of a valuable employee unless they absolutely need to. Employers will know that you are interested, but if the offer does not come quickly, do not fret. The last thing that you want to do is add extra pressure and potentially strain a relationship with an employer by not staying the course.
We hope you find these tips helpful. At 4M HR Logistics, we take a great deal of pride in helping people not only find rewarding positions, but also grow personally.
If you have any additional tips you’d like to share, please feel free to leave a reply showcasing your success.