From Contract to Full Time

To piggy back off yesterdays topic of “Recruiters: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” I wanted to talk more about the contract positions that some of us may be placed into.  I don’t think anyone aspires to have a “When will they do away with this position?” question looming above their heads.  So, what can you do to make your contract/part time position become a full time job and prove to those around you that they cannot do without your help and experience?

The steps are very similar to landing the actual job.  Boston.com’s Advice section, under Jobs, had Tom Egan from Veritude put together the following 5 tips for making a temporary job permanent:

1. Know the Business: You should approach this position just like any other.  Get to know as much about the every day tasks as you would a full time job.  The more you know, the harder it will be for the company to lose you!

2. Understand the Culture: It is inevitable to not get a feel for the culture while you are learning about the business and company.  Find out who the big players are and who should be your number one contact in the case that you need help with your projects.

3. Show Flexibility and Initiative: The more involved you are in various aspects of the business the more people you will interact with.  These are the people who may play a big role in you staying or leaving.  You will also show that you are interested in the company and what it does.  Don’t mope around waiting for the day you are let go, that day will come that much quicker if you do.

4. Tap Your Staffing Company: Here is where the recruiting agency comes into play again.  The management may be talking to the recruiters to let them know about your progress and if you express your interest to both parties your chances of being offered a full time job are that much higher!

5. Adopt a Team Mentality: The more people you collaborate with and speak with the bigger your network will be. With a bigger network you may be given more visibility within the company.

Final word?  Network!  Whether while looking for work or in a new job. Keep building your community!

And finally, speaking of community…my readership, all thanks to boston.com grew to over 1000 readers in these last couple of days!

My blog was mentioned on the front page and I could not be more thrilled! I wonder if this is what Malcolm Gladwell would consider a “Tipping Point.”  Thank you all VERY much for reading and all of your support.  I’ll definitely be printing this out and putting it into a photo album.

And as if things could get even better, I got my Inbound Marketing Certification from Hubspot’s Inbound Marketing University!

What did you do today?

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