Are you a contractor desiring a permanent position? Some professionals desire the stability of a permanent position, while others enjoy the evolving and changing aspects of contract work. There are some things you can do to help you take steps towards a permanent position, if you are looking for that stability. Here are some steps to help you stand out among your competition.
Treat the position as more than just a “stepping stone” to another position. You need to work with drive and passion even if that role is not your ultimate goal. No boss wants to end a contract due to someone’s dismissive attitude about the situation they are currently in.
Your attitude and commitment to the job will speak volumes about your character, and will say more than you telling your boss you want the permanent position. How you bring up new ideas, handle different situations, and treat the team is all being observed and noted. If you desire the permanent position perform at your best, and uphold the attitude that you are already in the permanent position.
Take the position seriously, just because you are currently a contractor does not mean you should dismiss protocol. Companies have policies in place and all members of their team follow them. If you think a policy could be improved, then suggest a way to improve it in a positive light. For instance “I’ve noticed our current method takes about 30 minutes, I think I’ve come up with a way to save 5 minutes.” Sounds much more professional than, “Who came up with this policy, it takes way too much time, haven’t you tried to fix it?” How you communicate your ideas and thoughts could keep you from being a permanent employee.
Put your best foot forward and sell your skills. You are being evaluated, so impress the team with your knowledge, offer advice and give 100%. The performance level we have discussed is expected, appreciated and will ensure your success.