By Clay Wyatt
Posted on 03/14/2016

Temporary work can be more than just a way to pay bills or build your resume. Even if your current or next job isn’t one that is designed to last forever, you may be able to stick around for more than a few weeks or months. With this in mind, here are some tips for turning your temporary job into a permanent one.

Choose Agencies in Your Field

The Houston Chronicle advises choosing temp agencies that deal with your areas of expertise as they will probably have more jobs that match your experience. So if you’re looking for a job as a widget maker, consider dealing with an agency that has plenty of experience working with widget makers who are seeking jobs. After all, if you’re offered a permanent job after starting as a temporary worker, you’ll probably want it to be one that matches your career ambitions.

Determine Whether it is Possible

If there’s no chance that the employer will hire you for a permanent position, you’ll want to know this before you begin. This might not be easy as an employer may not tell you that there’s no chance you’ll be hired. However, if you learn that the company generally doesn’t hire temporary workers for permanent positions, this is something you’ll want to consider before you accept an assignment with it.

Be Productive

Staring at a clock all day or taking three-hour lunch breaks won’t convince an employer to hire you for the long term. Be sure that you’re productive throughout each workday as doing so should convince the employer to consider you if and when a permanent job opens. After all, you’ll probably be given more serious consideration if you perform well than if you do the bare minimum.

Network with Coworkers

This one should help you regardless of whether you ultimately remain on the job. Network with your coworkers as they may have information about job opportunities or even recommend you for one. And if this job doesn’t work out, you still might walk away with a few contacts that could serve as references or help you find work elsewhere.

For example, suppose you finish your current assignment without being offered a permanent job. However, someone you worked with calls you soon after to tell you about a job her friend is hiring for and says she thinks you’d be a good fit. She says she will recommend you for the job if you’re interested. You’d probably thank yourself for investing a little time into networking with this person.

Mention Your Availability

Don’t assume that the employer knows that you’re available for and interested in a permanent job. It would be better to mention this as soon as possible instead of doing so after the company has received a few dozen resumes. For instance, if you do a good job, the employer may decide to hire you instead of spending time and money searching for other applicants who may or may not work out.