First of all, well done on finding a temp job – gainful employment is always a positive step and for many people, temping is a long-term solution to striking the right work-life balance.
But if you’re reading this article, it’s fair to assume that for you, temping is either a springboard to permanent employment, or that your circumstances have changed in a way that makes a permanent job more desirable.
With that in mind, here are our five tips for making a temp job permanent, if it is possible to do so.
- Check your contract
In some instances – albeit quite rare – a temp contract may specifically state that there is no option for the role to become permanent.
This is worth checking and being aware of, for two reasons:
Firstly, because if the contract doesn’t state this, then there should be no reason why you can’t become a permanent employee.
Secondly, because even if it does, you can look at other options such as getting rehired into a permanent role that is not technically the same as your temp position.
- Look for opportunities
Is your employer hiring at the moment, or are you aware that they are short-staffed?
Taking on temps is often a sign that a company is trying to fill a short-term staffing gap, but if you can convince them to give you a chance in a more permanent role, you could be helping them as well as yourself.
- Talk to your boss
Even if you are not sure whether there are any vacancies available for permanent roles, it’s worth talking to your line manager, or ideally a more senior member of management who has hiring responsibilities.
Converting your temp contract into a permanent one is a quick and easy way for your employer to gain a long-term member of staff who probably needs little to no training.
This makes you a much faster and more economical option than externally advertising a vacancy, recruiting someone new and then training them up, so should put you at the front of the queue when an opportunity arises.
- Be patient
Don’t walk into the first day of a temp contract and ask outright for it to become permanent, as this could send the wrong message.
However, you might want to at least mention that you would be interested in a permanent position if one were to become available, so your employer knows your intentions.
Bear in mind that the most likely time for the position to become permanent is when the temporary contract is coming to an end, as hiring you long-term is the easiest way to refill the role.
- Be flexible
Finally, if your role is never likely to become permanent, look for alternative solutions to get you into long-term employment instead.
That might mean applying for similar permanent roles with the same employer, but which are not technically your current job.
It could also mean finding similar work elsewhere on a more permanent basis – so work hard, keep your CV up to date, and make sure your employer will give you a glowing reference when it’s time for somebody else to hire you.