Contract jobs are great opportunities and can be easily finessed on
are tough to acquire in this economy. Many employers favor contract
workers. However, temps can do something to make their status
permanent.A positive attitude
Don't stare at the clock or dawdle. Many employers
hire people on a temporary basis first to test whether they have
To become a
permanent employee, ask questions and try to understand how the
organization works. While working on a project, if you see a better
or more efficient way to get the job done, it's important to make
the suggestion and show what will result.
But don't go
around changing everything. You're still the outsider just learning
the ropes. And definitely don't change anything without speaking to
a supervisor about it.The key to success is moving from a temp to a permanent position is to blend into the culture quickly—and add value.
It's time to network.
- Speak with your supervisor about opportunities or go down to the human resources department and check out job openings.
- Don't eat lunch alone.
- Make sure you spend some time with other staff members and ask more questions about the company.
In this way you'll be adding strong links to your network.
If you're assigned to a small business or a not for profit organization, the way to get recognized is to come up with ways to save money. If you are assigned a limited task and you know you can do much more, make them aware of the other skills you possess.Remember: Temp jobs that don't lead anywhere can be valuable anyway, especially during a downturn.
Look at it as an opportunity to learn more about a particular industry or decide on the kind of corporate culture you prefer.
Temp or Contract jobs are also good ways to fill in employment gaps in your resume. They show that you want to build on your experience. Keep in mind, however, that jobs outside of your career goal or several short term jobs in succession can be red flags to prospective employers, particularly when they're reading your resume.
So categorize your employment. You can start off with jobs that highlight your marketability in the field of your choice, then divide your job history into different sections and help diminish the accent on short term jobs. Call it supplemental experience.”
A chronological resume is the preferred format for a powerful resume. However reordering your history by category is the ticket when you want to return to a profession that relates to an earlier career track. Try “divide and combine” … it gives the reader an impression of stability.
Tell the truth, blow your horn and don't confuse the reader of your resume.