Temp to perm is an option to consider when you are job searching. Even though most job seekers would prefer a permanent position right off the bat, a temporary job is a way to help pay the bills and could lead to permanent employment with the company you're temping at.
Temp to Perm Job Opportunities
A CareerBuilder survey reports that a temp job could be a foot in the door for some job seekers in this competitive job market. 40% of the employers surveyed who hire seasonal workers said they will likely transition some employees from temporary to full-time, permanent employees, up from 31% last year.
Top Temp to Perm Opportunities
The top five areas employers typical hire for seasonal help include retail (33%), customer service (31%), administrative and clerical support (17%) shipping and delivery (12%) and hospitality (10%).
"Seasonal work can be a valuable opportunity for job seekers to not only gain new skills and experience, but to also land full-time, permanent positions," said Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. "Job seekers looking for seasonal work should prepare their resumes and look into open positions sooner rather than later, as a significant number of employers start hiring for seasonal positions in October."
Rasmussen offers the following tips for landing a temporary job that could turn into a temp to perm job opportunity.
Apply early. 45% of employers said they're not accepting applications for seasonal jobs after October. 80% are not accepting applications beyond November.
Show that you're excited about the opportunity. A lack of enthusiasm is the No. 1 pet peeve of seasonal hiring managers as indicated by 59% of respondents.
Don't say you want the job for the discount. Employee discounts are a great perk especially during the holiday season, but 31% of hiring managers said they are turned off by workers who appear to want the deal more than the opportunity.
Get to know the company before the interview. 30% of seasonal hiring managers said they were deterred from hiring a candidate because that person had little knowledge of the company or its products.
Follow the dress code. If you are interviewing for a job in a retail clothing store, it's a good idea to show up dressed in an outfit from that store. 15% of hiring managers were deterred from hiring a candidate who showed up in a competitor's ensemble.
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