As the holiday season kicks into gear, many companies begin hiring for seasonal workers. While these jobs are lucrative, strategic action can help you to turn a seasonal position into year-round employment. If you’re hoping to leverage your seasonal job into a more permanent opportunity, consider using these techniques:
Start the conversation early
While you may feel shy about it, making your desire to work with the company full-time known early on is smart. This way, managers will know to keep you in mind if something more permanent opens up. If it’s clear that the job you’re holding is truly only something seasonal (dressing as the Easter Bunny, for example), find out about other ways to work with the company year-round.
Bring your best every day
It doesn’t matter what job you’re doing, if you want to earn a full-time spot at that company, you need to bring your best every day. Demonstrate a positive attitude, a willingness to pick up extra shifts, and the ability to learn new skills. When managers see that you’re a positive asset to the company, they’re going to be more likely to find a way to bring you on full-time.
Use the job as an opportunity to network
Getting a job is all about networking, and when you’re working with the company every day, even if it’s only for a few months at a time, you have a perfect relationship-building opportunity in front of you. Make it a point to get to know other employees, managers, and people who might be able to vouch for you if a permanent position should become available.
Verify that this is something that you actually want
A great thing about seasonal work is that it gives you the chance to test drive the company in order to verify that this is, in fact, a place that you’d like to work. If you dread going into work every day and can’t wait until the season is over, then this probably isn’t the best place to pursue full-time employment.
How did you leverage a seasonal opportunity into a permanent position? Let us know in the comments!
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