You Can Turn Your Temp Job Into a Permanent Role – If You Know How to Stand Out

You Can Turn Your Temp Job Into a Permanent Role – If You Know How to Stand Out
From Recruiter - December 19, 2016

The holiday season always brings with it a flood of new jobs. This year, for example, U.S. retailers expect to hire a total of 740,000 seasonal workers. But as the name seasonal worker implies, these jobs dont last forever. Come January, many of these temporary employees will be on the hunt again.

The good news isyou dont necessarily have to be one of them, according to Sanjay Sathe, CEO of RiseSmart, which provides outplacement solutions.

Of course, it depends on the type of the company and the strategy of the company, but [turning a seasonal job into a permanent job] is definitely something people should consider, Sathe says. I do believe a lot of big companies, without saying it publicly, treat this as a filter mechanism, whereby they bring a lot of folks on board.While doing that, they cherry-pick the right talent [to keep after the season ends].

If you want to be one of those people, you have to prove to your temporary employer that you have what it takes to create value for the business long after the season ends. Put another way, you have to stand out.

And how do you do that? Sathe has some advice:

1. Get to Know the Big Picture of the Business

Whereas most seasonal employees focus only on the tasks assigned to them, the workers who stand out are the one who try to understand the whole business and how they can contribute to the companys bigger mission and goals.Regardless of whether youre trying to turn a temporary role into a permanent one or simply want to establish yourself as a valuable employee, the best way to differentiate yourself is to do more than just the tasks you were hired to do.

You could go about doing what youre doing and being the cog in the wheel, but I think you should take a step back and look at the whole machine, Sathe says. Really try to understand the business and the business model. Youll start thinking differently and acting differently because you know much more than the guys sitting besides you, and that reflects in the work product you come up with.

It can be difficult for brand new employeesespecially those hired for temporary rolesto decipher thebigger picture, but Sathe says the best way to start is by simply talking to people.

Identify the different aspects of the business and go talk to people in each oneso you can connect the dots, he explains.

Sathes other advice is to start from where you are in the company and map out theconcentric circles surrounding you. Eventually, youll gain a more comprehensive understanding of the organization.

For example, lets say youre part of a supply chain, Sathe explains. You then have the ability to understand what comes before the piece thats in front of you and what happens to the piece after youre done with it. So you can understand the broader picture.


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