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Turn Your Seasonal Job Into a Permanent Job

The job market has been tough this year, that’s no surprise. As a result, a lot of those who lost their jobs have turned to seasonal work to put much needed cash in their pockets. If you were lucky enough to snag a good seasonal job this holiday season, chances are you hope to keep that job when the holiday rush passes. Much to these seasonal workers delight, a study conducted by Harris Interactive showed that 30 percent of employers hiring for the holiday season plan to transition some of their seasonal workers into permanent hires.

It may be that every worker wants to turn their seasonal job into a permanent one or maybe not, but how can you actively work towards keeping your position for good? Take a look at some of these tips Spark News came up with that can help you turn your seasonal job into a permanent one.

Be Proactive
You put a lot of effort into finding this job, so show your managers or bosses that you really want to keep it. Since 30 percent of seasonal jobs are in the customer service industry make sure you are giving customers amazing service. The holidays can be stressful for everyone. If you find that customers are rude or short with you, don’t take it personally. Instead, keep a positive attitude and really work towards helping them. By keeping a positive outlook and maintaining a friendly demeanor you may actually force them to change their attitude or put them in a better mood because you took the time to listen and care. In terms of your managers, ask them what you can do to help instead of waiting for them to ask for it. This is one of things that employers say stands out to them the most, so proactively work at doing it.

Make Your Intentions Clear
If you want to have a permanent position with the company you are working for, then you should let your employer know just that. Don’t assume that they know you want to stay there after the holiday season. Letting them know before the season is over allows them to take the time to observe you better and take note of the hard work you put in. That way, when the time comes to decide whether or not they want to keep you on their team, they have a good examples to base their decision on.

Ask For More Work
Employers like when their employees show that they are there to work and not just earn a paycheck. By asking them for more work, you are proving to them that you are truly there to work and not just because you need a job. This will work towards putting you above other workers and they will probably remember that you are a hard worker when the time comes to decide who they want to keep and who they wanted as temporary workers.

Think of Ways You Can Streamline
Managers are always thinking of ways they can make their business or service better, especially during the busy season when things get hectic and stressful. If you can think of ways to better the companies service then you are going above and beyond what is expected of you as a temporary worker. By trying to improve upon a company’s service you are showing them that you truly care about their company and want to make it better. This will definitely stand out among your managers and give you a much better chance at landing a permanent position in their company.

The holidays are a stressful time for everyone and business is almost always hectic. If you follow these tips and always keep a positive attitude at work, then you are that much closer to securing a permanent position.

SOURCE: Harris Interactive

Nicole Nicholson

Nicole is the Content Editor for Spark Hire and mainly writes for and edits the work for the Spark News blog. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in Journalism from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She has a passion for writing, editing, and pretty much anything to do with content. In her free time she frequents the Chicago music scene and writes reviews on shows for her own personal blog. Connect with Nicole and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter