You finally nailed that spot at a company of your dreams. The work is amazing, and the people are some of the best and brightest you’ve ever worked with. When you close your eyes, you can really see yourself growing there, moving up the rung of command, and having a strong influence on the company’s success.
Everything is perfect but there’s just one tiny problem. You were hired as a temporary employee. Your contract expires in say, three, four, or six months and no one has approached you about a full-time job, and you’re starting to worry that your dream will never see the light of day.
Well, serious as your concern may be, you need to push it aside, and remember how awesome you are. Of course, in addition to that pep talk you give yourself, you’ll need to take action as well.
I know this might be stating the obvious, but you’d be amazed by how many short-term workers don’t put the‘being indispensible’ factor to work in other to increase their chances of being hired beyond the contract’s end date. I don’t mean to say that you need to work 15-hour days to get an offer, but if you ask me, this is absolutely the time to request extra work and offer to help a co-worker.
Endeavour to undertake every task (mundane or not) with unrestrained enthusiasm. Demonstrate your professional and strong skill set with everything that is expected of you. Keep an eye out for what tasks people hate doing, and then offer to do them.
Long story short: Do work that’ll make your supervisor and your team wonder how they ever functioned without you.
Go Beyond the Job Description
As a temporary employee hoping to stay on longer in that establishment, learning the ropes and doing what’s expected of you is simply not enough. Once you have gotten used to your day-to-day responsibilities, make it a point of duty to find some work that’s not necessarily in your job description, but that you’re comfortable tackling. This is not the stage to do the bare minimum; this is the perfect moment to over-perform. Step up your professional game and show this new job why it can’t afford to lose you.
If there’s no more work to do on your team, brainstorm innovative ways you can add to your own team’s projects. That might mean compiling data in a spreadsheet, organizing client files, or researching customer service approaches—really anything that your co-workers don’t have time to do.
Communicate Your Desire to Join the Company Full-Time
This is another one that even though straightforward, hard to carry out. It is surprising how a large number of people forget to have this key conversation. So, you jumped at the short-term opportunity because it was a way to get your foot in the door, but you never actually expressed interest in being there in a more official and permanent capacity? That is all shades of wrong. Now’s the time to speak up and sell yourself. Have a conversation with your manager and clearly state how much you’re enjoying your work, and that you would love to continue on a permanent basis. Take a step and ask about potential long-term positions, as well as what steps you’d need to take to get hired. Clearly stating your desire to continue working with the company is a move you shouldn’t take for granted.
It does not matter if your boss responds that there’s no budget to hire you now, take advantage of this one-on-one conversation by using it as an informal review. Ask for feedback on your performance so far, as well as what you could be doing better. Inquire as to whether there’s anything you can take off his or her plate. Because, to go back to tip number one, the more indispensable you make yourself, the more your manager will make an effort to find money in the budget.
Even if the company brought you in on short-term basis, the most important thing is—are you the right fit? Do you have the skills needed to succeed in the role? Never underestimate the power of the impression you’re making and who’s taking notes. Do everything you can to prove yourself in the short-term and you just might land a full-time gig.