Job search advice: How to get a new job with a temporary staffing firm in 2014
As 2013 closes, there are great opportunities to end the year working with a temporary staffing firm, says workplace experts from Robert Half, a staffing firm with a wide variety of employment opportunities in finance and accounting, management, legal, technology, office/administrative and creative/digital.
As you head into a job search to close out the year - or to start a new year in 2014, keep these tips in mind, says Susan Thomas, Regional Vice President with Robert Half.
"As companies prepare for year-end we see a number of temporary opportunities arise in the final weeks of the year, particularly in accounting/finance and administrative support," says Thomas. "As organizations look to close out their books, clear backlogs and get ready for the New Year we see strong demand for AP/AR staff, staff and senior accountants, bookkeepers, medical billers and coders and financial analysts. Tax professionals are also highly sought after this time of year as people prepare for tax season. On the administrative side, we’re seeing strong demand for executive and administrative assistants to support special project, call center managers and customer service representatives."
How can professionals turn a temporary position into a full-time role?
- State Your Objective. Let your potential employer know that you’re interested in pursuing a full-time role at the start of your temporary assignment. If they understand that upfront, they may be more likely to try and place you in a role that could lead to a full-time position.
- Take a Long-Term Approach. Once you’re on the assignment, bring the same intensity to your temporary job that you would to a full-time position. Adapt quickly to the organization’s culture and find ways to start contributing immediately. As your assignment progresses, seek feedback on how you’re doing overall and how you can further improve in the role.
- Observe the Written and Unwriten Rules. Every office has its own culture. Follow the official protocol and ask questions when clarification is needed. Watch how top managers respond to certain situations and try to model your behavior on theirs, as appropriate.
- Let Your Personality Shine Through. Employers want to see how well you’ll fit in with the team. Actively participate in meetings and join colleagues in off-site events when possible to build rapport and establish connections within the company.
- Be Patient. Keep in mind that many companies are still rebounding from the most recent downturn and may not have the budget to make a full-time hire right away. Even if you don’t receive an offer for a full-time job, know that your temporary role has likely helped you build your skills, expand your professional network and better position yourself for future opportunities.