Temporary workers used to have an easier time transitioning to full time, but with the tougher economy these positions really are more likely to be temporary. The Wall Street Journal offers strategies for improving your chances of getting hired full time or having your contract renewed.Photo via lululemon athletica.
Basically, do whatever you can to increase your visibility and create a positive impression in the office, whether it's through small gestures like replacing the office coffee with a gourmet blend or becoming a source of ideas for your boss. Perhaps most importantly, show up and act like you belong there:
Work your way into the everyday office culture so co-workers will think of you as a colleague and somebody they can rely on. Laurie Ruettimann, a human-resources professional from Raleigh, N.C., recommends participating in workplace functions like office parties, picnics and lunch outings.
Volunteer for company-supported activities like charity work. It helped Sailor Brown get a full-time job at financial-services firm E*Trade Financial in New York. A weekend March of Dimes event gave the 40-year-old executive assistant the opportunity to interact with her boss and co-workers in a casual setting. And it allowed them to connect the hard-working temp from the office with a real human being who's easy to get along with.
Being on the inside gives you an advantage over external candidates, WSJ says, but don't get complacent. Keep note of your accomplishments and prepare to either stay on or explore other options when your contract is up.
Make a Temp Job Last [Wall Street Journal]