TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - In today's employment environment, temporary work continues to stand out as a bright spot. And, according to leading temporary financial staffing firm Accountemps, companies are beginning to turn these positions into full-time roles more frequently.
"As we emerge from the recession, many companies who are not yet ready to hire full-time staff are turning to project professionals to maintain productivity and assist with key initiatives," said Kathryn Bolt, president of Accountemps' Canadian operations. "When ready to make a full-time hire, businesses often turn to their successful interim staff who are already familiar with company policies and practices."
Bolt added, "Temporary professionals essentially are able to audition for an employer while assessing if the job is the right fit for them."
Accountemps offers the following five tips for turning a temporary assignment into a full-time job:
1. Choose the right partner. Reach out to your network and tap the
services of a staffing firm specializing in your field. Staffing
professionals are well connected in their local business communities
and can serve as advocates for you when speaking with hiring
managers. Also, take advantage of free training opportunities offered
by the firm to help build your skills and the value you bring to
2. State your objective. Let staffing firms and potential employers know
you're ultimately looking for a full-time job. If they understand
that upfront, they may be able to place you in a role more likely to
lead to that result.
3. Take a long-term approach. Once you're on the assignment, bring the
same intensity to the temporary job you would to a full-time
position. Adapt quickly to the organization's corporate culture and
start contributing immediately. In addition, maintain a positive
attitude: Employers will assess how well you handle constructive
criticism, setbacks and other job-related challenges as part of your
overall performance evaluation.
4. Observe the written and unwritten rules. Follow office protocol and
ask questions when clarification is needed. For guidance, watch how
top managers respond to certain situations and model your behaviour
on theirs, as appropriate. Also seek feedback on how you're doing and
how you can improve in the role.
5. Let your personality shine. Employers want to see how well you'll fit
in with the team. Actively participate in meetings and join
colleagues in offsite events where possible. Expanding your
connections within the company will work in your favour, so be sure
to build rapport with other employees.
Accountemps is the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The company has more than 360 offices worldwide and offers online job search services at www.accountemps.com.
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