Focus on the job for success


More and more workers within the staffing services industry have been able to turn temporary or contract work gained through staffing firms into meaningful permanent positions.

“For job candidates starting in a temporary position, this is the ultimate job interview, the chance for them to really show what they’re all about and to make a real impact on an organization,” said Chris Roach, president of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services.

A survey for ACCESS found 27 per cent of its contract workers hired on full-time in 2005.

“High performers who can demonstrate to corporations their competencies and skill sets may be able to transition from a temporary or contract job into a full-time position.”

For those seeking make the switch to full time, Roach offers the following advice:

Be professional

“If you want to make an impression on an organization, you have to be professional, which means being punctual, dressing appropriately and communicating properly with your peers,” Roach says.

He adds that part of being professional involves understanding your organization’s workplace culture, so you know how to fit in.

Focus on what counts

Focusing mainly on your job requirements – and not on impressing your supervisor or socializing too much with peers – is your best bet to getting your other foot in the door, Roach says.

“You need to focus on you job responsibilities, and if you’re working for a good manager, they will see your strengths and the rest will take care of itself,” he says.

Stay in touch

It’s important to communicate sufficiently with your supervisor to keep them abreast of your job progress, Roach says.

Also, he adds, stay in touch with your recruiter, as he or she has background knowledge on your employer that may help you land permanent work with the company.

Go above and beyond

As you acclimatize to your role within your organization and build your rapport with your supervisor, Roach says, you may want to demonstrate your initiative by taking on extra responsibilities.

“I think it can be a good thing to make yourself available to volunteer and do other things outside the scope of your original responsibilities,” he says.

Build your peer network

Building positive, productive relationships with your peers will give you get a better sense of the corporate culture and help you better integrate into the company, Roach says.

“Communicating well with peers, being a good team player and having a constructive attitude are critical to helping you ease into and do well in your role,” Roach says.

Be patient

If you’ve taken a position that doesn’t really suit your interests or make full use of your abilities, be patient, Roach says: If you do your best in the job you’ve accepted, within time you may be able to move up within your organization.

“You need to prove yourself in your current position to get ahead,” Roach says.

“If you do a good job, it will open doors to other opportunities within the organization.”

Focusing mainly on your job requirements … is your best bet to getting your other foot in the door.