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How to Turn a Seasonal Job Into a Permanent Job

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seasonal jobThis time of year, there is a lot of interest in landing a holiday job. If you can find seasonal work, you can pad your bank account with a little extra cash.

However, for some in this economy, a seasonal job is a chance to land a more permanent gig. If you are hoping that your temporary holiday job will turn into a long-term position, you need to plan ahead and make the right impression. According to a recent survey from the Hay Group, about 43% of retailers plan to keep more workers after the holidays. That’s good news for those looking to turn a seasonal position into a “real” job.

Get to Know Your Coworkers

One of the best things you can do to help you transition from a seasonal job to a permanent job is to get to know your coworkers. Look for seasoned employees, and get to know them. Learn the ropes from others, and then prove yourself capable and friendly. It’s harder to let go people you know. When it comes down to it, the person that the manager knows — and knows that others like and work well with — is the person most likely to get asked to stay on permanently.

Show Yourself an Asset

You also want to show yourself asset. Prove that you are hard-working and efficient. When possible, learn to do multiple things. Learning more than one area can help you increase your value. You’ll be considered more versatile, and that can be a good thing, especially when managers are making hiring decisions.

Also, demonstrate your flexibility. If you can fill gaps, and show that you are available when needed, that can be a big plus. If you are able to come in nights, or weekends, you can prove yourself a great asset to the employer. Being willing to work, and being flexible about it, can help you set yourself apart.

Make Sure Your Employer is Aware of Your Desire

As you apply for a temporary position, make sure that you let your employer know that you are interested in permanent work. Make it clear that you are interested in staying on beyond the holidays. When you have that out there, your employer can begin thinking about you as a permanent employee that much sooner. You want to have the image in your employer’s head: You being around for a longer period of time.

Bottom Line

Just like any other job, you want to do your best in a temporary position. If you truly want your seasonal job to turn into a long-term job, you need to treat the gig like a “real” option. Come in on time, and be punctual with your breaks. Do a good job, and show yourself competent. Be a pleasant co-worker, and show flexibility, and you stand a better chance of being asked to stay beyond the holiday season.

Do you have any tips for turning a seasonal job into a full-time gig after the holidays? What do you think is the best strategy?

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2 Responses to “How to Turn a Seasonal Job Into a Permanent Job”

  1. Shirley says:

    Every one of Miranda’s points has merit. A small but often overlooked way to show yourself as an asset to the employyer is “always look busy”. If all that you are authorized to do is done, ask for more or even start straighening things or cleaning/dusting. This is especially important in a busy seasonal job and it is surprisingly effective.

  2. Pam says:

    I admire what you said about “If you truly want your seasonal job to turn into a long-term job”…this actually worked for me. loving your job is the key I guess. nice post :)


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