Turn Temporary Work Into Permanent Work

Turn Temporary Work Into Permanent Work

According to a 2016 study, more than 5% of the UK workforce are on some form of temporary contract. In uncertain times, companies may start making greater use of temporary employees. Being on a permanent contract clearly provides better job security than a temporary arrangement, so if you land a temporary job, what can you do to increase your chances of being upgraded to a permanent contract?

The following points are equally relevant whether your temporary employment is via a recruitment agency, or whether you actually have a formal temporary contract with the company you work for.

Let the company know you are interested in a permanent contract. Unless you have decided that a short-term work assignment is all you wish for at the present time, tell the company at the start of your time with them that you are interested in staying with them for the longer term. Temporary work arrangements might last for anything between one week and perhaps two years, so if applicable, keep reminding them at regular intervals of your interest. If you change your mind and decide you want to move on, then don’t worry, as anything you might have said in the past will not be binding in any way.

Get involved as fully as possible. Ask your boss if there are additional tasks you can get involved with, over and above the basic requirements of your role. Show an interest in other people’s work, and get to know as many people as possible within the company.

Perform the role to the best of your ability. Never think of yourself as simply being ‘the temp.’ Ensure you work every bit as hard as your most committed permanent colleagues. That way, hopefully the company will decide they cannot afford to lose you.

Assess the company culture and adapt your behaviour accordingly. If you are to be taken on permanently, the company will want to know that you are a ‘good fit’ and that you will work well with the existing permanent workforce.

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