Dean Langford, director at Alecto believes it is essential that candidates take a long-term view when applying and interviewing for a temporary or seasonal job, and during every working day.
“People looking for permanent jobs shouldn’t rule out the possibility of applying for seasonal work. In fact, aside from the potential for more temporary work in the future, it can be a fantastic way to get a foot in the door of a large company with a wealth of opportunities in other departments for the right type of person.
“The qualities and attributes employers are searching for are likely to be very similar – if not identical – whether they are looking to fill a permanent or temporary position. If your attitude, capability and work ethic catches the attention of your superiors while employed on a temporary contract, it’s entirely possible that you will spring to mind and be considered in the event that one of those elusive permanent positions, or indeed further temporary opportunities, become available.
“An impressive employee who consistently demonstrates that they understand and foster the company’s values and who has built the trust of their colleagues will undoubtedly be remembered for the right reasons. And with managers’ time and resources being stretched further all the time, when it comes to recruitment many would be grateful to have someone in mind for a new position rather than to have to start from scratch.
“Additionally, other departments in large organisations often refer to the front-line, service-led departments to identify possible candidates with the potential for professional development who could move into other areas of the business. Since those front-line departments are often the ones which take on temporary staff, it stands to reason that they will nominate outstanding team members and that ambitious employees can make their future goals and intentions known to their superiors.
“Whilst for some it can be tempting to treat seasonal work as an excuse to under perform, we always recommend that candidates treat every opportunity as though they were being offered a permanent job which they wanted to keep. This shift in attitude could significantly increase their chances of finding longer-term work, and in the meantime could at the very least provide them with regular income through temporary work.”
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