Temp-to-hire jobs are more popular than ever. In this structure, an employee is hired for a temporary period (perhaps a few months at a time, or a half-year), and at the end of that period, the employer can choose to offer the individual a full-time position. Or, they can choose not to move forward with the individual at all.
If you find yourself working in a temp-to-hire situation, there are things you can do to ensure your temporary position ends with a full-time offer.
Pretend It’s a Full-Time Job
If you perform like you know you’ll only be working your position for a few months, it’ll show. It will be painfully obvious to your coworkers and your boss that you’re not invested in the position. So pretend that it’s not a temporary job, but a full-time one, and act accordingly. Show up on time, participate in company events, do your very best with every task you’re assigned… your hard work is likely to pay off down the road.
Network and Build Relationships
Get to know your coworkers and supervisors, and start to build professional relationships with those around you. Integrate yourself into the day-to-day functioning of the company by being a familiar face around the office — you don’t want to go overboard, but being present on a daily basis will benefit you. When it comes time for the company to decide whether or not to hire you at the end of your temp period, it will be much harder for them to say “no” if you’ve become a core part of the team.
Dress the Part
Don’t overlook the dress code as an important factor when working a temp job. When you dress the part as though you’re employed full-time like everyone else, people will be even more likely to forget that you’re not a full-time employee. So, take note of the dress code for others at your level, and follow suit. Don’t dress too casually, or you’ll look like you’re not putting forth the right effort. Don’t dress too formally either, which can look like you’re trying too hard to impress those around you.
Go Above and Beyond
Last but not least, go above and beyond in your work duties wherever you can. Make yourself an indispensable part of the team, and you’re that much more likely to be needed when it comes time for a hiring decision.