The job market growth is currently driven by temp jobs, and if you’re like most people, you’re ideally hoping for a full-time position. Contract jobs are a good way to get your foot into the company, but they are also less stable and have fewer benefits. The Wall Street Journal shares some great tips on how to make your temp work last:
- Be on time and be friendly.
- Do small nice gestures around the office, such as baking some treats or just being vocal about thanking people.
- Socialize and attend all company outings so you’ll be seen as part of the office.
- Join any company volunteer activities, which will give you a chance to mix with your boss and your co-workers in a casual environment.
- Don’t keep bugging your boss or HR about a full-time position.
- Track your accomplishments and mention them when you’re up for contract renewal.
A commenter on the WSJ gave some great advice when he shared that he's seen a lot of temps who didn't get their contract renewed, but luckily "networked enough among other departments that they were hired somewhere else in the company." It's key to network among your co-workers, and it seems like getting to know employees in other departments pays off as well.
The reason why you're trying to get on everyone's good side is not because you're trying to be a brownnoser — a lot of hiring managers look for a worker who fits the company culture and gets along with the other employees.