Career Change

How a temp worker can secure a permanent position

Many employers do not have the funds to hire more full-time staff, but they still need work done. Temp workers are valuable because they help the employer save money and vet potential full-time staff.

If you’re currently in a temp position and want to secure a full-time role, here are the steps you’ll need to take.

How to Impress Your Employer as a Temp

Arrive on time or early at work

Punctuality is a crucial part of getting respect from your boss and will show your managers and co-workers they can trust you. It also helps you to stand out as a great worker. Suddenly hiring you becomes less risky.

Dress professionally

Even if your office has a more informal dress code, it is worth taking an extra step to dress well. Even if your boss does not realize it, he/she will consider you more serious if you are dressed well.

Listen to what your boss says

Take notes and give your boss full attention.  If you listen well, you can work more independently, and your boss will not think that you need constant direction.

Be punctual

When given a task, do it well the first time. If you have listened well, you will know what is being asked of you and how to do it. If you perform your work efficiently and accurately, you will be ahead of the competition, and your boss will surely notice.

Show a positive attitude

Even when the most tedious tasks are presented to you, accept the work happily. If you keep smiling, your boss will want to work with you, and you will avoid being bored or unhappy happy with your work.

Join office culture

Go out to lunch with your coworkers. Participate in the volunteer efforts of the entire company. Bring new ideas to the table. Become invaluable to the company. Go further.

Learn the trouble spots for the company and improve the way things are done. By presenting your company with new ideas, you will be seen as an asset that your company can not afford to work without.

Help your other workers

By helping with projects, you build relationships with your coworkers, and your boss will want you to stay. You are also likely to learn new things within the company, making you a more valuable and diversified employee.

Be busy most of the time doing something

That can be extraordinarily complicated as a temporary worker because you may always be waiting for a task and may not be on the administrator’s priority list. Take extra time to learn about the company, stay organized, or help a co-worker.

Work overtime

If your company faces an imminent deadline, offer to work overtime. That is an indicator that you are ready to go further to help the company succeed and earn extra money in the meantime.

Always show your interest

Let your boss know that you are willing to devote the additional time to receive training or education to fit the position correctly. If you have shown that you learn quickly, your boss may like this idea, can hire you at a lower price than an experienced professional.

Look for chances

If a job is not open, find a need within your company. If your company likes the work you have been doing, they may be willing to create a job for you. Make sure you do not disturb your boss about it, suggest the idea and then back off. You will already have an advantage over strangers.

Temp to hire salary negotiation

Once you’ve proven yourself as a valuable member of the staff, it’s time to negotiate your full-time role.

Successful negotiation is only possible if you know how to handle unexpected emotions and absurd arguments. It is equally important to understand how to maintain up with the agreement of your company while doing new business.

Effective communication is necessary to manage the relationship with your boss and result in a win-win situation.  However, not everyone has the ability or capacity to negotiate effectively, which could be a hindrance to getting ahead.

The salary negotiation must be for the benefit of both the employee and the employer, but it must never be adversarial, and no one must be aggressive.

Salary negotiation tips

When you are considering a job offer, it is essential to know how much your net salary will be. That can easily be verified on the Internet using the free salary calculators.

Learn about your work needs

Before salary negotiation, you must find out the amount of work you will do, and the skills, experience, and qualifications that are important to the employer. Do some research on salaries and be prepared for your negotiations. The negotiation tactics used must be professional, friendly, and data-driven

Let the employer start the talk

For recent graduates, it can sometimes be intimidating, as you lack experience.

Follow the rule of thumb and do not talk about your compensation. Let the employer start the conversation.

In cases your boss asks for salary expectations, the best answer is probably according to industry standards based on position, responsibility, and job challenges.

Never say any number

If the employer insists on the number, cite a salary range based on the research done instead of quoting the exact number. Here your research will help you, as you can mention a range while considering your experience and skills.

Be patient

Once you have received an offer, do not rush things. If you have doubts about the salary offered, a simple ‘I need to think about it’ can help you work on the numbers.

Be ambitious

While it is ambitious, be realistic about what you request and always support your request with information about the company, the position, and the responsibilities of the function.


When evaluating a salary offer, do not just look at the basic salary: be sure to consider the package as a whole. If there is a bonus structure implemented, ask what percentage of bonus has been achieved in the past and negotiate a higher rate based on key work.