Diverse Edge, LLC. specializes in finding great job opportunities, both temporary and full-time. For many, a temp-to-full-time assignment is an ideal way to “test” a position before committing to a new employer. The same is true for companies. According to the American Staffing Association, 90 percent of companies today use temporary staffing services, often as a recruiting source. Instead of going through the interview process, companies “try out” temp workers until they find the one that fits. So temping can be a great way to get your foot in the door. Here are some tips to follow, while on your temporary assignment, that will help you land that job you have your eye on.
Temporary position, lasting impression
While the job may be temporary, the impression you make is not, so always give a star performance from day one. The more professionally you approach a temporary assignment and the greater value you add to the project, the more likely managers will be to make you an offer for a full-time role. So always perform to your highest abilities. Even brief assignments offer the chance to make valuable industry contacts and enhance your skills.
Look the part
The old saying is true, “dress not for the job you have, but for the job you want.” It’s better to be slightly overdressed than to be less professionally clothed than everyone else in the office. Even if the office attire doesn’t require a suit, don’t take advantage of a business casual environment. There is never an excuse for sloppiness, inappropriate attire, or under-dressing.
Don’t be a prima donna
As with recent graduates who start out at the bottom rung of the career ladder, temps might be asked to do some less-than-glamorous tasks. It helps to go in from the start with the attitude that no task is beneath you. Approach every project with a positive outlook and remember any task – no matter how menial – is another opportunity to prove that you have a winning attitude.
Go above and beyond
Strive to exceed expectations. Never settle for status quo. If you’ve finished your assigned tasks for the day, ask what else you can do to help. And pay attention to details. When typing a document, always proofread – spell check doesn’t find everything.
Make sure all your skills are known. You will probably be assigned very specific tasks on your temporary assignment – and the most important goal is to complete those tasks to your supervisor’s satisfaction. But your supervisor may not know what other talents you have to offer – unless you make it known. If a co-worker is trying to build a Web page, and you have Web-design skills, ask if he or she could use your help. But be sure not to come off as a bragger or a know-it-all.
Network, network, network
Temping is a terrific networking opportunity because you’re rubbing elbows with all kinds of people who have the opportunity to see what a valuable employee you are. Try to meet as many key people in the company as possible — department heads, supervisors, executives, human-resources people — but make sure not to become a nuisance.
Keep socializing in check
If you happen to be at your neighbor’s desk every time the boss walks by, it’s a good reason to wonder when your work is getting done. That’s not to say you shouldn’t be friendly with others in the office, just keep your goal of landing the job as the main priority.
Don’t make a bee-line for the exit
We all have days when 5 o’clock can’t come soon enough, but don’t let your eagerness to get out of the office show. Don’t leave until a project is finished. Staying an extra few minutes shows you are committed to finishing the job and doing it well. In addition, arrive on time, if not early. Doing so shows you have the work ethic that every employer is looking for.
Still have job/career questions? Please feel free to contact one of our staffing professionals for more assistance.