How to Turn A Temporary Position into a Permanent One

Feb 27, 2017 | Careers

Temp-to-hire positions let candidates explore job opportunities without committing long term. These situations are a great way for employees in any field to decide if a company is the right fit for your future. It also gives managers a chance to get to know contingent employees, seeing how they work with their existing team. In many cases, especially in an office setting, temp-to-hire is a win-win.

If you find yourself in a temporary spot that you really love, talking to upper management about a permanent position may not always be enough to secure the job. Displaying your enthusiasm and initiative for a permanent position (without going overboard or seeming insincere) is the best way to communicate your goals. The hiring manager will analyze you closely from day one, so you must show that you are permanent material right from the start.


5 Effective Strategies for Securing a Permanent Position

Know the job: You’re a talented legal assistant, but do you know what is going on with other projects? Show interest in more than just your area of expertise by asking about the overall mission of the company. Asking questions about other goals and needs not only shows that you are interested in sticking around, but also that you are a critical thinker, and someone who sees the bigger picture.

Be flexible: Does the boss need someone to work a Saturday? Volunteer. Are you assigned a task that’s doable, but not really in your job description? Accept it gladly. Flexibility means reliability. This quality shows you’re willing to make the needs of the company your top priority.

Be part of the team: Even though your position is temporary, become a part of the team. Join in daily meetings, talk with co-workers and show an interest in contributing to long-term projects. Being a part of the team shows you are a good fit both professionally and personally.

Personality and professionalism: There are many spoken and unspoken rules in a workplace that help the entire company run smoothly and harmoniously. By always conducting yourself in a professional manner, the employer knows you won’t be a gossip or trouble-maker when it comes down to interpersonal relationships.

If you really love your temporary job, there is one more important strategy to employ – let your staffing company know. An agency can be a strong advocate for your permanent hire. Staffing agencies often prescreen skilled workers to make sure they are the best fit for a company’s needs. That means that they don’t just know you well, but they also know the business well. They may even have a partnership that’s been around for years, building up a strong foundation of trust and an unshakable rapport. A nod from your staffing agency could be your golden ticket to a permanent career.

For more than 30 years, Neese Personnel has developed excellent relationships with our clients. They trust us to find top-notch talent and provide long-term employment solutions. Many of our clients have been with us since we opened our doors. Looking for a temp-to-hire opportunity? Call us today at (405) 942-8551 and we’ll get started strategizing for your successful future.