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CAREER DEVELOPMENT / DEC. 09, 2013
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How to Turn Your Seasonal Job Into a Full-time One

As the year concludes and companies look to finish the holiday season strong, for seasonal workers, it is a fantastic opportunity to use a seasonal holiday job as a stepping-stone to permanent employment and get a foot in the door with companies.

Reports show that 27% of British business owners and 49% of U.S. employers plan to keep their temporary workers on in the New Year.  This is a great motivation for all those who aspire to turn their holiday gig into a permanent job. So I have compiled plenty of ways to direct you towards permanent employment and keep your career on track.  

Reveal Your Intentions to the Employer

Let your employer know in advance that you are interested in a permanent role with the company and prepare a plan before you do so. Joseph Terach, CEO of Resume Deli, a professional CV writing and career services firm, recommends that employees pitch why they would be a great addition to the team. According to him, "This proposal should not only clearly communicate what you want but also address the company's needs head-on […] Your employer should get a crystal clear picture of how you'll be spending your time, what it will cost them and what you hope to accomplish that will help the company solve a particular problem or take advantage of an untapped opportunity.”

So, come in prepared and ensure you know what do you want and how you fit in the company as a full-time employee. Not giving a clear-cut answer to the question “What would you like to do here?” will not impress the employer.

Prove Your Worth

One of the most effective paths to becoming a full-time employee is to act like it. Besides offering good customer service, noticing problems before they become problems, and working on your own initiative, being a strong part of the team is a good way to stay a part of the team. Another golden rule is to show that you are consistent and dependable. Therefore, show up on time, show willingness to help your employees and generally demonstrate your impact on the bottom line. Your employer will then take note that your skills can impact profits and will more likely be interested in keeping you.

Network With Key People and Maintain Relationships

Use your seasonal employment to create contacts, make friends, and market yourself. Come to the job ready to work, introduce yourself to decision makers, look and act professionally and stay positive. Try to make yourself known as a positive influence around the office on a daily basis.

What’s more, keep in contact with those whom you established relationships, and ask for reference letters. An opportunity may come in the future, or the skills and contacts acquired could be just the intro you need for the company that will hire you.

Be Creative in Your Job Search

Don’t assume that a holiday job can necessarily be a retail position at a department store for example. Jobs can include extra computer programming positions, graphic design, marketing and advertising, accounting, medical and more. Extent your search to a position you’d like in your career field or within the company where you can work your way up to your ideal job.

Roy Cohen, career coach and author of “The Wall Street Professional Survival Guide” notes that "If a position is not available right now, one might be at some point soon […]Organizations appreciate having strong, proven candidates in the pipeline when these opportunities become available."

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