Congratulations on your seasonal job. Perhaps you’re working in retail, a customer service call center, shipping/delivery or helping an office with end-of-year inventory.
Many of us take on seasonal work to get a little “extra” money, but some of us would be thrilled to keep the work going. And while 30 percent of all retailers typically add workers during the holiday season, only about 10 percent of seasonal work turns into permanent positions.
Here are a few tips to keep your job from turning into a pumpkin when the “season” is over.
-- Jeanine Hamilton is founder and president of Hire Partnership, a minority- and woman-owned SOMWBA-certified, full-service staffing and workforce solutions firm serving Boston-area businesses Next
1. Treat the job like an extended interview
It should go without saying that if you’re interested in staying on at a firm you’ll work extra hard to make a good impression. Try to get up to speed quickly, arrive punctually, be reliable and make an effort to “go the extra mile” in order to show that you’re an employee worth keeping on. Next
2. Befriend the employees
The permanent employees you’ll be working with can help you in a number of ways: In addition to showing you the ropes and helping you get up to speed with your assignment, they also can be good allies to have when it comes time to deciding who will stay and who will go. Next
3. Communicate your interests
As they say in sales, “You can’t get what you don’t ask for.” Express your interest in a permanent position when you first interview and periodically during your assignment to let your manager know you’re interested and available should an opportunity come up. Next
4. Network with other employees
If you’re working with a group or team of other employees, talk to them about your interests and professional goals. You never know who they may be connected to or where they may have worked before. Next
5. Make connections outside your department
Although your current position may not last once the season is over, the company likely maintains a list of other positions that will be available. Find out how to get this information – e.g. bulletin board, website – and learn how to apply and when. Introducing yourself to the human resource department or manager in charge of hiring is also a smart idea and express your interest in staying on with the company. Back to the beginning
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