Although there's no guarantee of a post-season hire, a seasonal job offers ample opportunity to convince an employer that they just can't live without you. Here are seven ways to achieve that:
1. Please Your Manager
Your seasonal job may not be your dream job, but it could be a ticket to it. Your manager is often your gatekeeper to other opportunities. How can you affect this? For starters: arrive before your shift starts, don't leave before it's over, and be available for other shifts or overtime when asked. Once you've demonstrated a strong work ethic to your manager, they will be more inclined to offer a letter of reference or recommendation for a particular permanent job.
2. Watch Your Attendance
A seasonal employee's days are limited - although it's best to stay at home if you're sick, try not to miss a day when you're healthy. Being available on (at least some) holidays and weekends will show that you're committed to the company.
3. Show an 'Above and Beyond' Work Ethic
Make sure your on-the-job goals match those of the company's. Instead of just collecting a paycheck and a store discount, think of why you're actually there. If you're in retail, go out of your way to give customers an amazing experience. Show initiative by doing something before being asked to do it.
4. Collect Contact Information
Having a seasonal job puts you in a prime position to network with co-workers, your manager and other managers - giving you an insider's edge. You can get the scoop on departments and what they need, while showcasing your skills, reliability and talents.
5. Be a Part of the Solution
Although you need to fulfill your job duties, be on the lookout for areas that need improvement outside of the scope of your job. Ask regular employees what they struggle with most. Put some thought into your suggestions on how to deal with these issues. Also, once you've finished up your tasks, jump in to help others on your team.
6. Stay Professional
As tempting as it may seem to bond with your co-workers at the water cooler by complaining about a customer or a process, avoid it. You can make friends at work without dishing dirt. Focus on getting along with others and keep your interactions positive.
7. Plant the Seed
It's great that you are available and looking for permanent work, but if you don't tell anyone about this, they won't know. Let your manager know from the start what your ultimate goal is and then remind them of this goal periodically.
Money in the Bank
Even if you don't get a permanent job at the end of this season, practicing these good habits will eventually open future doors for you. Think of it as good career karma.