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Make a temp job last

The best temporary staffers are often hired on a permanent, full-time basis. But they also can be disappointed when companies hire somebody else for the job.

When times are good, companies are more likely to use temporary jobs as a low-risk way to vet full-time candidates. But the conversion rate from temporary to permanent worker can sometimes dip, especially when companies remain uncertain about the economy.

That’s why temps need to do what they can to stand out in some way to improve their chances of getting hired full time or at least having their contracts renewed.

Temps can become a source of ideas by really understanding the needs of the company and figure ways to apply their talents to this end. 

Say you have logistics experience and know that consolidating shipping through a single supplier can save money. Why not present your ideas in writing to the boss?

Also, small gestures can make a lasting impression.

Be punctual and friendly, replace the office coffee with a gourmet blend or do anything else to increase your visibility in the office.

Work your way into the everyday office culture so co-workers will think of you as a colleague and somebody they can rely on.

It’s even a good idea to take part in workplace functions like office parties, picnics and lunch outings.

And you can also volunteer for company-supported activities like charity work.

Lastly, don’t pester everyone about becoming a full-time employee. Put out your best work and let your actions sell you. Keep note of your accomplishments and bring them up when it’s time to renew your temporary contract.

Just being on the inside should give you a nice advantage over external candidates when applying for full-time jobs.

About the Author


Lon Matejczyk

Lon is the former publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group.He has served in leadership roles at various newspapers in Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin. Lon received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Earlier in his career, Lon spent several years as a sea captain and held a 100-ton Coast Guard license. Lon is a former rugby player, referee and administrator and now coaches under 13 year old kids. Lon has served on the boards of numerous community and business organizations including Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Peak Venture Group, CS Quality of Life Indicators Business Index Committee, Junior Achievement and is a member of The Colorado Thirty Group.  Lon was given the “Making the Pikes Peak region a better place to live work and play” award by the CS Chamber of Commerce, was the VFW Post 1’s business citizen of the year.

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