Our employees often ask us how they can move from a temporary position to a full time position with the companies where we assign them. There isn’t one easy answer, and there is rarely a single factor that is considered. But if we had to choose just one factor to help get an employee on the road to a full time position, it would start with attendance.
Can You Be Counted On?
Many of our client companies hire our temporary associates for their full time positions after they get to know them and their work habits. The first factor many of our client companies consider is attendance.
Our clients have clients of their own. They have commitments that need to be kept so that they can keep their clients happy and satisfied. They have production schedules and deadlines that must be met. Having employees absent or tardy means that these commitments are harder to keep, and that they might be missed altogether. They might also suffer production losses, financial losses and, sometimes, even penalties.
Missing these commitments isn’t an option. The relationships our clients have with their own customers are too important.
When they consider bringing an employee from a temporary position to a full time position, the first thing they consider is whether you, the employee they are considering, can be counted on to be there.
Perfect Attendance, Never Tardy
The best way to begin to be considered for any potential full time positions is to be someone who can be counted on to be at work. If you want to be considered for a full time position, start by making sure that you have perfect attendance and that you are never tardy.
By always being at work, and always being on time, you will demonstrate that you can be counted on. The company you are working for will be able to consider you for full time work because you will have demonstrated your strong work ethic and your reliability.
This is the first test you will have to pass if you want to be considered for full time employment.
Plan, and Have a Backup Plan: Make sure you have reliable transportation and reliable childcare. Know that things happen, and make sure you also have a strong and reliable backup plan.
Plan to Arrive Early: There are all kinds of things that can make you late for work. You should plan to arrive early, just in case weather, traffic, or other unforeseen situations unexpectedly occur. Arriving early impresses the people you work for. If you ever do have an emergency that causes you to run late, you will have a long history of arriving on time.
Treat Your Position As If It Is Full Time: The best advice we can give you about turning your temporary position into a full time position is to treat it like it is already a full time position. You increase the odds of converting your position to full time when you act like the position and the work you do is important, and not just a job. Committed employees are hard to find, and you pull yourself out of the pack when you demonstrate your commitment.