Employers are cutting their bottom line wherever possible and one way that many companies do this is by employing a contingent or temporary workforce. This allows companies time to determine two things: First, is the potential actually needed and worth the expense. Second, is this particular person a fit with our company and culture? If you have found yourself in a temporary or contract-to-hire role you may be asking, “How do I pass this “trial stage and land a permanent position?” Here we’ll take a look at the most common mistakes people make that hinder them from moving from a contract role to a permanent position.
- Not being yourself the workplace
People are afraid to hire individuals that don’t fit into the company’s culture. In some cases, that’s why individuals get fired from their job even before the contract has expired. You must be YOURSELF when you come into these companies. That way you will feel comfortable throughout your employment and the employer will be comfortable with you. If your employer sees a negative change in you after you’ve given your all to be hired permanently, it’s likely they will let you go even after your trial. Also when I say be YOURSELF, I mean your professional self!
- Constantly asking about your permanent status
The most annoying thing you can do is keep asking IF you’re going to be hired full-time. This tells an employer that you’re not focused on what you currently have to do at work. The other most annoying question is WHEN you’re going to be hired full-time. Note that these questions are valid questions; however, repeatedly asking them is not only annoying but makes you appear desperate. My advice is to take advantage of being employed and if you don’t feel as if you’re going to be hired full-time keep looking for something permanent. If you have done some time in the company and a new permanent offer comes along, this is a great time for negotiations. Tell your current employer that you received a permanent position with another company and either they’ll give you an offer to stay or let you go.
- Being over eager to prove yourself
Volunteering for added responsibility is a great way to get noticed but, know your limit. Often people in new positions like to stretch themselves too thin and even though they are given tons of responsibility, the quality of their work falls by the wayside. Take on only what you can do and do well.
- Not stepping outside of the boundary of your position
This is one of the biggest mistakes people make. When company outings are available – GO! This is the time to network, watch people let their hair down, and get a real feel for who you work with. These are also the events where there are HR people. BEFRIEND THOSE PEOPLE! They can give you the inside scoop on hiring or new positions opening up. Relax and enjoy but remember you are there to make others feel comfortable around you. I’ve heard of horror stories where the new girl got drunk and hit on the CEO’s husband. That’s way too comfortable! I’ve also seen people go to outings and sit in the corner by themselves like an outcast which makes others uncomfortable.
Now that you’re equipped with some great knowledge go out and lock down that contract to hire job! Good luck.