Summer is a great time to get a job and earn some extra money, especially for students who usually have their summers free. However, many students leave their jobs at the end of the summer without a thought as to the potential of that job becoming a permanent assignment. Most feel that their summer jobs are merely temporary and just another bit of experience to add to their resume. Take note that many temporary summer jobs have the potential to become permanent.
With a few simple strategies, summer workers can increase their chances of staying on after the summer has ended, if they so desire. In a recent article from The Penny Hoarder, a survey of over 2,500 employers revealed that 79% would consider extending a permanent position to some of their summer employees. Let’s look at some of the ways you can help turn a summer gig into a full-time job.
Many summer workers don’t sink their teeth into their job because they feel it is only temporary and that there is no point. In addition, many summer hires feel that the risk of losing their job is small since replacing them with another temporary worker could prove difficult for the employer. This is faulty thinking, if you have found a company that you like and a position that is a good fit for you.
The best way to get an employer to start thinking about bringing you on permanently is to stand out in the position you have and not only meet the minimum requirements but exceed them as well. Showing a commitment to the position and excelling at your job is the quickest way to gain notice and consideration for a permanent, full-time position.
Treat your summer job like an interview
Use this opportunity to highlight your skills and value to the organization by working to exceed expectations on every assignment. Arrive to work early or stay late if that’s what’s necessary to get a project done on time. By treating your summer job as you would a permanent position, you give your employer the opportunity to get a glimpse of you as an ongoing asset to the company. Show an interest in the well-being of the company and a keen interest in the industry by asking questions and offering up potential solutions to ongoing problems.
By being willing to work harder and forge relationships with other employees and managers, you let your employer know you are capable of a full commitment if it decides to offer you a long-term position.
Get in step with the culture of the company
Seasonal workers can also make an impression on their potential long-term employers by embracing the company culture and its organizational values. If the company supports a local charity, for example, then getting involved and helping out will go a long way. Companies look for employees that are a good cultural match. Demonstrating that you are enthusiastic and willing to embrace the very same things that the company holds dear will help you stand out. Participate in all company events, whether they are during work or outside of work hours. This will help you connect with executives, managers, and fellow employees on a more personal level.
Speak up early if you are interested in staying
Let your employer know that you are interested in staying on full-time as soon as you decide you are interested. This plants the seed with the employer early enough for management to plan and shift to accommodate you. Be sure that the company is a good fit for you culturally and that the position you would receive would be in line with your skills, capabilities, and career goals.
If you are working with a job-placement service, let it know as well. It would most likely be aware of any positions the company may be looking to fill in the near future. Even if the future positions are different from what you are currently doing, the company may be willing to train you since you are already familiar with the company’s operating methods and culture. In addition, even if it doesn’t have a permanent position for you now, you may be able to either extend your current gig or get yourself in line for any future positions.
Make yourself indispensable
When you are willing to go the extra mile for an employer by staying late, coming in early or taking on tough projects, you make yourself a valuable asset to the company. Employers look for those employees that they can depend on; when they find them, they want to keep them. If you are truly interested in landing a permanent position with your summer employer, making yourself indispensable is one of the better strategies.
Turning your summer position into a full-time job might be an excellent step in your career path. If you’ve found a job you like with a company you would like to stay with, then putting some of these strategies to work may just land you your dream job. Don’t overlook the opportunities that your summer job may have in store for you.