Dealing with no
Once you have had the conversation with your manager and have a definitive no answer, it’s definitely time to step up your permanent job search. This won’t come as a surprise to the company, but how you handle yourself might. Handle yourself with professionalism, honesty and discretion. Don’t hide the fact when you have an interview, but have the courtesy to schedule it early or late in the day so there is minimal disruption to your work day or duties. Be discerning and don’t take every meeting that is presented to you; save your out-of-the-office time for important opportunities. Remember that you have a job that is paying you (hopefully well) and even though it’s a temporary role, it’s important to you and to the company. When you do find a new position, give the same courtesy as you would to a full-time role: tender your resignation, provide for a two-week notification and offer to help with the transition. You may be pressured by your agency or new employer to start immediately given this is “just a temp job,” but always be courteous and retain your good standing.