En Route: A Career Blog

Turn a Temporary Position into a Job Offer

AUTHOR: Jessica Grant
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POSTED: March 18, 2014 at 8:35 am

 

In a competitive job market, securing a contract or temporary position for a great job is still a foot in the door. But how do you turn that position into something long term? Read on  for  tips from the ResumeEdge team for making this position a permanent one.

Go Above and Beyond: If the position is temporary, or even a contract to hire position, you need to remind your supervisor, the hiring manger, and even your coworkers what an asset you are to the team. Build relationships, volunteer for extra work when you’re able, and make sure that you’re doing the best job possible. Basically, make yourself indispensable.

Showcase Your Talents: Are you a wizard at Excel?  Great at leading group brainstorms? Make sure that your best talents are on display. Even if your skills don’t directly relate to the job you’re working on currently, showing a wide variety of skills that can be applied in different situations can help potential employers think about your worth long-term.

Have A Great Attitude: We’ve all been there. Someone on the team does amazing work, but their attitude stinks. It brings everyone else down. So stay positive. Make yourself an example of how a great attitude and a pro-active approach can buoy a whole team.

Become a Part of the Company Culture: Every office has a different culture, and being able to fit in is often a large part of a company’s decision to hire one candidate over another. If everyone gathers around the conference table for lunch every day, or hits a weekly happy hour, do your best to be a part. Show that you’re eager to make yourself a member of the team.

Have A Great Resume: This should be obvious, but it must be said. While you’re working that temporary position, keep your resume up-to-date and on hand. If the hiring manager takes an interest, you want to make sure you’re  ready to provide your credentials.

Want more tips on the making the most of your job search? Check out the rest of the ResumeEdge blog for more great ideas on how to find your perfect fit.

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