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Want a Direct Job? Transition From Temporary to Employee

Looking for a permanent job?

A temporary assignment through A.R. Mazzotta may be a great place to start. According to the American Staffing Association, temporary work is a viable path to direct employment. You can:

  • Broaden Your Skill Base. Temporary employment is a great way to build your skills and advance your career quickly.  With each assignment, you have the opportunity to demonstrate your ability, gain more experience, and make yourself more marketable.
  • Get Your Foot in the Door. Temporary work gives you access to many potential employers and even more job opportunities. And because you work closely with your staffing company, you have a valuable partner that can help you land a great job in a lot less time!
  • Bridge to Direct Employment. Working on assignment allows you to see what it’s like working for a prospective employer while showcasing your skills.  If an employer is impressed with your job performance, they can work with your staffing firm to transition you to direct employment.
  • Build Skills with Free Training. 90% of all staffing firms (including A.R. Mazzotta) provide free training for their contract and temporary workers.  Training areas range from word processing and spreadsheets to soldering and assembly.

Here’s how to play your cards right when working with a staffing agency – and make the transition from temporary to an employee:

  • Choose the right assignments. If you’re looking for opportunities to showcase your skills, opt for long-term assignments.
  • Do your homework. Before the assignment starts, conduct some research to learn everything you can about the industry, company, and culture. The more knowledgeable you are about the business, the more valuable you become to a potential employer.
  • Declare your interest. Make sure that your staffing coordinator knows that you’re looking for a full-time job. He can act as an advocate on your behalf, communicating your interest in a full-time position to the employer.
  • Prove yourself on assignment. Arrive a few minutes early every day, so you’re actively working at your start time. Dress for the job you want – not just the assignment you have. When you finish your work, ask for more. Find ways to demonstrate your initiative and solid work ethic throughout the day. Not surprisingly, temporary employees who are diligent, productive, and self-motivated are the first to be offered full-time jobs.
  • Communicate with your staffing coordinator. If a supervisor is impressed with your performance and approaches you about an interview, notify your staffing coordinator immediately (then give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back!). Your assignment supervisor will need to work with your staffing agency to arrange terms for your transition to direct employment.

And if that temporary position doesn’t lead to a full-time job, don’t take it personally! An assignment’s end isn’t a reflection of your job performance or viability as a full-time employee. Keep your spirits up and set your sights on your next opportunity.

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