As companies hire extra workers for the holidays, some of these seasonal employees are already wondering: How do I turn this temporary position into something permanent? And, in this economy, can I?
Personnel consultants and company executives say there are plenty of opportunities for hard-working seasonal employees to stay on even after the new year. Shipping giant UPS, for one, says it could eventually hire thousands of workers who make it through the frenetic holiday season.
The first step in nabbing a job: Make it clear that you're interested in the company, and looking for a permanent role. Most seasonal workers never get a chance at other jobs because they simply never ask, said Jeff Joerres, the CEO of staffing company Manpower.
But be tactful, and don't pester management.
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"Make yourself available for additional opportunities," he said. "But don't overextend yourself."
More tips for making the transition from temporary help to full-time employee:
REMEMBER THE BASICS
Even when a job is short-term, employees need to behave as they would in a full-time, permanent position. So, arrive on time, follow your schedule and don't request time off work unless it's absolutely necessary.
Seasonal workers do tend to get the less desirable shifts, such as late nights and weekends. But to make a good impression, just smile and keep working hard.
Along with that, show that you're willing to be flexible. If managers ask you to work longer, do it. Likewise, if they need someone to pick up an extra shift, be the first to volunteer.
AUDITIONING FOR A JOB
A seasonal job, like an internship or temporary gig, is truly a multi-week job interview.
Supervisors watch to see how well employees fit with the company, and they quickly judge how easily workers pick up on new tasks. To stand out, look for ways to "wow" customers and demonstrate a mastery of the business.