People are attracted to seasonal jobs for a variety of reasons: to gain experience, to “test drive” job roles, or to earn extra income at certain times of the year.
But a big reason someone may want to land a seasonal job is that it can be the best foot in the door at a company where you want to build a career. Companies that are highly sought after for employment can leave potential candidates stalking the job openings or applying for anything they can get their hands on. But if a company hires seasonal employees at any time, that may be your best chance to get in front of management and show them what you’re made of.
If you’re hoping to land a seasonal job that will be your chance to become a full-time employee, there are some simple steps you can take to make it harder for the employer to let you go when the season is over.
Step One: Be Flexible
One challenge for a shift scheduler is making sure all shifts are adequately staffed while juggling the scheduling needs of all employees. However, if you develop a reputation as being flexible in where and when you work, you can quickly become a manager’s dream. Show them you’re eager to help out by offering to cover for others when needed or trade shifts with other employees who aren’t as flexible. You’ll quickly become a “go-to” when they need someone they can rely on.
As an added bonus, being flexible about when you work and what role you fill allows you to sample other positions where you may find you excel. When it comes time to fill permanent positions, that kind of experience and adaptability are assets.
Step Two: Be Reliable
If you’re hoping to become a permanent team member, you must establish yourself as someone responsible and reliable. That means you need to be impeccable when it comes to punctuality and preparedness. Be consistent in clocking in on time and make sure your duties are all done and done well by the time you clock out. In short, don’t look at your job as a short-term placement, but look at it as an extended job interview.
Step Three: Be a Team Player
While you’ve already shown your managers that you’re an essential part of the team, it’s important to show your coworkers that as well. If the company you land your job in is as sought after as you believe, chances are there are people on your team who have returned from previous seasons.
Making positive connections with them could help you build a strong reputation as an essential part of the team. Managers often ask experienced seasonal employees their opinions about other team members, so make sure what they have to say about you is worth noting.
Step Four: Take Initiative
One common complaint among employers is that while they desperately need the help of seasonal employees during their busy season, some of those employees do the bare minimum because of the temporary nature of the work. If you’re hoping to become a full-time member of staff, you need to make sure you’re not one of these people.
Don’t just do the minimum that is expected of you, but find ways to go above and beyond what your expected duties are. If you have a good relationship with managers, make suggestions about things that you could do to improve overall performance or problems of practice that are impeding stellar work. Putting yourself out there is the only way you’re going to stand out.
Step Five: Have a Plan B
Be upfront with your interview panel in the very beginning about your interest in staying on with the company after the season is over. However, keep in mind that there isn’t a guarantee that there will be a position for you when that time comes. If that’s the case, talk to managers and let them know that while there isn’t a position available at the moment, you’d be very interested in one in the future.
Now that you’ve put yourself on the radar as a reliable and flexible employee, chances are better that you will soon hold one of those coveted positions.
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