Hi everyone,

Melissa here, owner at FindAJobPA.com, and I’m here with some helpful tips regarding seasonal and temporary work. 

This time of year, it’s easy to find temporary work, especially with places like the post office and UPS delivering packages for the holidays. While most temporary jobs end after the holiday rush, smart employees can leverage their temp experience to land a full-time position, either at that company or one in a similar industry. So, if you find yourself working a temporary job this holiday season, or if you’re a recruiter hiring those seasonal workers, read on to learn more about how to make this year’s seasonal employment the best one yet! 

Tips for Employees

Do your job well

This may sound like common sense, but sadly temporary workers do not have the best reputation for doing quality work. After all, their time with the company is quite short, and there’s no guarantee of future employment after the contract is complete. However, do not let these factors stop you from being the absolute best employee you can be! If time permits, go out of your way to pick up extra shifts or extend your contract into different positions. The more exposure you get to the company, and they get to you, the higher the likelihood of them offering you a position. If you only do the bare minimum on a temporary contract, the employer honestly has very little reason to hire you after the holidays. You want to make the best possible impression on your temporary employer, with the goal of them offering you a full-time (or at least part-time) permanent position after the initial contract period.

Network, Network, Network

They say that the best thing in real estate is location, location, location. In the job world, it’s networking, networking, networking. Get to know your supervisor and coworkers. If you’re thinking you want to work for this company full-time, there’s a good chance you’ll be working with these people in the future, so better to lay the groundwork for a good relationship now rather than waiting until you’re offered a position. Again, you want to make the best impression you can on this new employer, and if your supervisor is impressed with your performance, many times they can write you a reference letter for a future position, or even suggest you to their recruiters for open positions within the company. 

Research similar companies for permanent positions

Especially if your temporary job is in a new industry, even a few months’ experience can set you apart from other candidates vying for the same position. Make sure your resume reflects your work experience and calls out industry-specific skills you’ve honed during that temporary contract. Additionally, working a temporary position in a new industry can be a great way to figure out if that kind of work is something you enjoy doing without committing to a full-time opportunity. And again, if you like what you’re doing, chances are someone in that industry would want your experience, even if it’s not the same company you’re currently working for. 

Tips for Recruiters

Make sure your temporary contracts are clear

The last thing you want to do is give your seasonal employees the wrong impression as to the nature of their contracts. If there is a possibility for their positions to turn into full-time opportunities, specify that in the contract. If there is no possibility of that happening, also specify that in the contract. Additionally, make sure there are clear communication channels between your temporary employees and whatever departments they’ll need to interface with during their contract, that way their work won’t grind to a halt because of a communication breakdown. 

Be an advocate for your temporary workers

As time permits, or even in the initial interviews, talk with your temporary workers and see what their career aspirations are. After all, you’re the company expert on what positions need filling, so if you see a potential match, discuss that with the employee, or at least keep a note in their file for future reference. Save yourself the hassle of filling those permanent positions in a few months by doing your candidate qualification with those temporary workers. And if you do find a match between a seasonal worker and a full-time position, advocate for them and help them get a fair shot at landing that opportunity. Be clear with them about timeline and expectations and don’t make it hard for them to succeed. 

Keep communication open between you and the supervisors

Especially in a larger company, once you’ve on-boarded those temporary hires, it might be a long time before you see them again, if you even get a chance to check in with them. So, to remedy that, make sure to check in regularly with their supervisors to see how they’re doing and to evaluate if they’d be a good fit for future positions. Again, the more work you can save down the road by building your talent network NOW, the better. 

And there you have it, my tips for making the most out of your seasonal and temporary employment opportunities. Thanks for reading, and as always, if you’re looking for a new position or if you have an open job to post, check out FindAJobPA.com, PA’s #1 local independent job board.

Until next time,