Want to Increase Your Odds of Turning a Temp Assignment into a Career Spot–Remember the "Three Be's"!

by Jez Martinez

Your temporary assignment could be your ticket to a full-time job – if you play your cards right. Every assignment is an opportunity to gain skills and experience as well as earn positive references. Many employers prefer to hire individuals who have worked with the company in a temporary role because they’ve had a chance to get to know you and your work firsthand.

If you’d like to increase your odds of turning your temporary assignment into a longer term opportunity, implement the “Three Be’s”:

  1. Be positive. Just as a bad attitude can get you terminated, a positive attitude can go a long way in ensuring job success. People enjoy being around someone who doesn’t spend their time complaining and being negative. A cold isn’t the only thing that’s contagious in an office. A good attitude can positively influence everyone you come in contact with and cause others to feel positive toward you!
  2. Be respectful. If there is respect in the workplace, there is success in the workplace. Showing common courtesy and being mindful of other’s work, time, and opinions helps create an environment of camaraderie, which in turn improves quality of work. So be sure to always be courteous to everyone you come in contact with. Stay away from controversial topics that could offend or alienate others. People talk and you want to ensure they are talking highly of you!
  3. Be professional. It is extremely important to behave professionally in an interview and in the workplace. This doesn’t mean that you can’t be friendly and enjoy the time you spend with coworkers or employers; you just need to remember that the workplace is just that – a place of work. Focus on being punctual, productive and polite. It not only sets the standard for work in the office, it also enhances your value as an employee and member of the team

If you conduct yourself in the manner you want to be perceived, people will perceive you in that manner, thereby creating opportunity for yourself! It may sound cliché but your success really does begin with you; so follow these tips on your next temporary assignment and reap the rewards.

Jez Martinez is a Recruiting Coordinator in TERRA’s Seattle Branch Office.



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