In a few weeks the holiday season will be over, and seasonal jobs will come to an end before January’s slow season. For many people, this means that their jobs - and the temporary income that came with them - will be over. But according to recent research, 23% of companies plan to turn a part of their temporary staff into permanent staff. If you want to be part of that number, it’s actually fairly simple. Here are seven tips on how to turn your seasonal job into a full-time job.
1. Be the co-worker they want to keep
If your manager asks you to perform an extra task do so with a smile, not attitude. If anything, it’s a good sign that they trust you to get work done without having to supervision. No manager is going to want to keep on someone who has a negative attitude towards their job, and your coworkers won’t want to fight to keep you around, either. Everyone is going to be feeling stressed and tired around the holiday season, but if you keep up your spirits - and try to raise the level of positivity around you - that will set you apart.
2. Do work
Go above and beyond your duties. Your managers will notice that you aren’t just there short-term, but that you are ready to contribute to the company as best you can for as long as they let you. If you want to set yourself apart as the temporary help they should keep on, don’t let any down time go to waste. You don’t have to wait for an assignment to keep busy, either - by now you know what needs to be done each day. Managers want to hire someone with a good work ethic, so prove yourself and get it done.
3. Stay dependable
Know when you work and always show up on time. If you have to be late, communicate that early on with your manager. Dependability is vital, especially in retail. Other employees that have been there longer or even some seasonal employees may start to flake out on their schedule, so showing up on time will put points in your favor. Having dependable employees takes a load off of your manager’s mind, and they won’t forget that you’re the worker that eases their stress by being reliable.
4. Prove yourself
Integrate yourself into the company as soon as possible. Keep customers happy, don’t have a meltdown over the stress of the holiday season, and volunteer for additional tasks. Don’t act like an outsider - if there’s a problem, solve it. If you can take care of the little problems so your managers only have to be bothered by the big catastrophes, they will notice. Your self-sufficiency will be invaluable, so get proactive!
5. Go the extra mile
Most of the people who have been working for your company for a long time will have been worn down enough to be content with working “just enough,” which is why you need to put forth your best effort during your limited time there. Be flexible with your schedule, and cover other people’s shifts while you can. Not only will you be helping out your manager and coworkers out of a bind, but you’ll get more experience at work and they’ll realize how much they need you there. Flexibility, especially in retail, is a blessing, and it will help you your wallet, too. You’ll be the first person your managers turn to in a crisis, which will make it difficult for them to let you go at the end of the season.
6. Don’t be afraid to network
If you want to become a permanent part of the company, get to know the company. Make sure you are familiar with all of the managers and that they know you - and your hard work. It’s not hard to make a good impression on a manager: don’t overdo your employee discount by sharing it with your family, keep a mental list of everything you’ve contributed to the company since you started, avoid gossiping with your co-workers, and look the professional part. Let your superiors visualize you as a positive addition to the company. The more managers who are rooting for you to stay, the better your chances are.
7. Speak up
Although you might think it’s obvious that you want to stay on, make sure you say so to your manager. You can make your interest known in a straight-forward way well before your last week at work, which may be too late. Open a dialogue early about the possibility of you staying on. Even if you manager can't make any guarantees right away, you will be on their mind. You can make a case for yourself based on the above tips - your hard work, dependability, and go-getter attitude. All of that won’t go to waste - even if you don’t get chosen to stay on past the holiday season, your manager may remember you in the future when a job opens up.