• Wed, Dec 5 2012

4 Tips For Turning Seasonal Employment Into A Full-Time Position

It’s officially the holiday season.

For many, this means working a temporary seasonal position. Some like the additional income for the extra spending involved with this time of year, while others may be in-between jobs and searching for a more permanent position. While there are many pros and cons of seasonal employment, the concern of many is that the work is only temporary and lacks a guarantee past its ending date.

But the future may be brighter than expected for seasonal workers hoping to go full-time after the holidays. A study by CareerBuilder found that 23 percent of companies are planning to transition some of their temporary staff into permanent employees.

If you’re hoping to transition your part-time seasonal position into a full-time gig, it involves a lot more than crossing your fingers and hoping for luck. It’s your job to impress the company in a way that sets you apart from your competition.

Here are four tips for turning your seasonal employment into a full-time position:

1. Adjust Your Attitude

Since there are many reasons people choose to take on seasonal position, it’s likely that you’ll be working with individuals with a variety of different attitudes about their job. Some of your co-workers might be negative, tired, stressed, or even overly jolly. It’s important to remain continually positive and upbeat while on the clock. This kind of attitude will set you apart from your co-workers. It will also provide a sort of momentum that is certain to influence anyone who has the opportunity to work with you. Customers, co-workers, and management will always remember you for your personable, can-do attitude.

2. Leave A Lasting Impression

Focus on connecting and impressing the people you work with on a daily basis. From your first day on the job, identify the co-workers, managers, and employees that you hope to leave an impression on. Many of your co-workers will be non-seasonal employees who probably aren’t keen on building relationships with seasonal employees due to the turnover time. Make it a point to get to know your co-workers in a way that helps to build a professional friendship. Don’t be afraid to ask them for the occasional pointer, and help them when they are in a pinch.

Just like your co-workers, your managers will also be used to seeing employees come and go. Go above and beyond to impress your managers, but keep in mind that brown-nosers are easy to spot — so keep it subtle and genuine. Be sure to express your enthusiasm for your position and occasionally remind these key players that your future goals align closely with the company’s.

3. Go The Extra Mile

If you want to be hired full-time, it’s important to treat your position as if it’s full-time. Go out of your way to express your commitment to your position by never slacking, being flexible, dependable, and a go-to for fast problem solving. This may mean coming in when others call in sick, picking up shifts from your co-workers, or staying later to make sure everything is completed properly. When asked about your work ethic, your managers should be able to recall you as someone who continually powered through their daily tasks, as well as helped others, and even looked for ways to do more.

4. Make It Known

Your employer will never know of your intentions for a future with them if you stay quiet. Focus on being straightforward with your manager about your intentions. Your last week on the job might not be the best time to express your interest of staying on past the holidays, so don’t wait. Be sure to speak openly with management about the possibility of post-seasonal employment. Create a case for yourself by expressing your successes throughout your time on the job, as well as explaining why you’d make a valuable long-term addition to the company.

There’s certainly no guarantee that your seasonal employer will have a spot for you after the holidays, but it’s your job to continually impress them with your attitude, hard work, and unwavering interest in the company. Don’t fret if you don’t get hired after working hard all season. It’s possible that they may call you as soon as a position opens up in the future.

Were you ever hired on full-time from seasonal employment? Share below!

Amit De is the CEO and Co-founder of Careerleaf, an all-in-one job search platform that cuts the time to apply in half. Connect with Amit and Careerleaf on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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