Seasonal jobs can look fantastic on a resume: These positions offer an opportunity to fill employment gaps, learn new skills, broaden your professional network, explore a different business and bring in a solid paycheck. But seasonal gigs can also present many opportunities to hard working individuals. According to CareerBuilder, 49 percent of U.S. organizations who employ temporary workers plan to offer full-time positions to some of these seasonal hires.

Turning seasonal employment into a full-time gig is never guaranteed, but here are several ways to enhance the possibility of a permanent position.

Go above and beyond

Arrive early, stay late, say hello to everyone, and do the job with a smile. Ask for more projects, and offer up great new ideas — two points that hiring mangers are looking for, according to CareerBuilder. Attitude plays a large part in making an impression that counts. Becoming a team player, staying positive under pressure and relating well to everyone can lead to a strong showing in the seasonal position, which could catch the eye of those making the decisions about who gets the permanent jobs.

Be absolutely reliable

Temporary workers are hired during peak times, when getting the job done in an efficient, timely matter is crucial. Calling in sick, arriving late or otherwise having problems with getting to work on time is practically ensuring that the full-time job will go to someone else. Proving to be absolutely reliable during those high-pressure times will impress the employers and make them consider turning that temporary job into a permanent one.

Make intentions known

Don’t simply ask around about jobs that might be available when the temporary position is over. Go to a supervisor, human resources or anyone else in a position of hiring power and make intentions clear. Do plenty of homework into the company, including what salary and benefits they offer, the departments that are hiring right now and other tidbits, such as the names of those supervisors who could open doors.


Once the seasonal position begins, remember that every person in the company could be a vital component of a professional network. Pay attention to every introduction, smile and speak to everyone, and gradually add contacts to places like LinkedIn. Keep a strong networking presence throughout the job, because some of those connections might pay off in the future.

Dress the part

Ever heard the saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? This doesn’t mean you should wear a pinstriped suit to sort boxes in a warehouse, but looking nice does make an impression. Opt for the neatest, cleanest appearance possible. If a company uniform is required, wear it with pride. Confidence shines through, and looking very at home in company attire can make an impression on those who make hiring decisions. One other thing to remember: If the job is in retail, avoid wearing clothing from other stores or competing clothing lines.

Take on extra hours

Employers are looking for those who go the extra mile, and racking up hours will get their attention. Volunteer to take on extra hours, extra days, and flexible schedules. This demonstrates taking the job seriously, and suggests that the same positive attitude will continue when the job becomes a full-time gig. Besides that, the extra money from those long hours will be a nice boost to the bank account.

Leave things better than they were

Making a good impression goes a long way, but implementing positive change goes even further. If there is a way to streamline deliveries, make work more efficient or bring coworkers together, that’s a fantastic way to not only improve the working environment, but to get noticed by those in the position to bring you on full-time. Even if the permanent position doesn’t materialize, leaving the workplace better than it was will provide personal satisfaction and peace of mind.

Stay positive

Employers remember workers who are happy to be there and fun to work with, and those who exit with a smile are more likely to make the cut when time comes to extend employment. Seasonal hires who are upbeat and personable definitely stand a better chance of landing that full-time position than their more contentious peers.

And what if you followed all of these suggestions, but a permanent gig didn’t materialize? Don’t give up hope — as the company digs out from under the seasonal backlog, managers might begin looking into more full-time positions that need to be filled. If not, that seasonal job turns into a nice mark on the resume. Professional networks are now more robust. New skills have been learned and old ones have been polished. The bank account is a little healthier. And finally, there are other companies out there with full-time positions very much like the seasonal one that just ended — so step out and embrace the next employment opportunity.

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