From Temp to Permanent

Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2017
This is a decent way to enter any field with the emphasis on field, for any temp agency you sign on with you are signaling to them that you want to apprentice in that field to gain the necessary skills and experience.

The website Vault had some basic points that are worth following:

Sometimes the best way to get the job you want is to simply get your foot in the door—and a temp job can be just that.

Benefits beyond getting your foot in the door:

It’s a great opportunity to learn about a company:
1. Learn what each role entails.
2. See where help is needed and what holes in production might be filled more effectively and profitably.
3. Can be fruitful when moving to a new city. A temp job is a quick way to get work without committing to a long-term contract.
4. Roughly 58% of employers who hire a temp worker offer them full-time positions, according to McKinsey Global Institute. Whether you’re just starting out in your career or in between jobs, temp jobs are a good way to regain traction in your career. It is much better to get hired somewhere only to learn that you don’t like the company, its personnel, its culture, ethics, and general way of doing business.

1. Show your value
A temp job is an audition. Show your skills to a judging audience in a restricted amount of time. From the moment you step into the office, consider it “go time.” Take on the role as if you will be invested in the company for years to come, rather than just a couple of weeks or months.

2. Learn new skills
If there are new skill sets required for this role, work harder to learn these thoroughly, so that you can fully utilize them throughout your contract. In order to receive the promotion from temp to full time, your ability to learn quickly and work effectively will be paramount in securing this transition. Sometimes, new skills take a longer time to learn. If this is the case, take a couple of nights after work to continue building these up. It may be tiring, but showing determination will signal that you are focused on this job.

3. Ask for more
Accept responsibilities outside of your initial role.  It shows initiative and is an excellent signal to the manager that you wish to share their responsibility.  Do this only if you’ve gained some rapport with your manager.  May not be wise to suddenly signal to coworkers that you’re willing to do A, B, C, & D when other people are already assigned to that task.  Don’t override someone else’s authority and don’t step on toes.

If you see your manager or boss struggling with a task, offer to help out. Sometimes, your boss may not be aware that you wish to contribute more, so ask for it. Also, pay attention to what areas need help in your department and offer to assist with those.

If you’re going to help, write up a proposal first or perhaps even create a screencast showing the problem and how your efforts or insights can fix it.  Do this first.  Don’t just offer your time, efforts, and skills up to any employer.  You can offer to do it for free this one time but any extended hours you’ll need to be compensated commensurately.

In addition, by helping out on more than one project, you are proving how much of a necessity you are to the company, especially in which areas they might have understaffed. It is oftentimes more successful to show your employer that they need you rather than to express interest in a full-time position—although this definitely doesn’t hurt. The old “show, don’t tell” rule applies to jobs as well.

This point is a good one but it really belongs under the 1st Section on “Add Value.”  Yes, you want to add value.  But understand that value is not immediately perceived as such, and perhaps it is but will not be recognized as such.  In fact, other members of your staff could easily find ways to sabotage your value, make you out to be a trouble-maker, while someone else takes credit for your work.  I could tell you some stories.

4. Connect with colleagues
In order for a company to realize you’d be a great fit, it’s crucial that you mesh well with your coworkers. Take the time to talk to them and get to know who they are and what they do. Not only is this great bonding, but it’s also incredible networking. Sometimes, a short-term contract will end and a full-time position may not be available. If you stay in touch with your colleagues, they’ll be able to inform you should anything open up in the future.

This is great advice.  The key is to do this genuinely and effectively.  I’ve made friends whom to this day write me letters of recommendations and endorse my work.  The key is to relentlessly be creating value, both perceived and real, so that others can feel that you are an asset to them personally and professionally.


Here is a personal example of the successes that can be had from temp agencies:

1.  Javay Tucker
2.  A personal friend of mine is an RN and he uses the temp agencies to not only secure employment, get his feet in the door, but to also see options.  The agencies in the beginning placed him in hospital after hospital.  He was able to see the different hospitals in his area and then began requesting the hospitals that he enjoyed working at.