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Tips for Making Your Seasonal Job Permanent

Seasonal jobs offer employees the flexibility to work for a short time, making quick cash while in between jobs or while on break from school. But seasonal work isn’t ideal for everyone. If you’re working in a seasonal position and you want the security and peace of mind that comes with full-time work, there are a few actions you can take to improve your chances of being hired permanently.

Stay positive

Many seasonal workers struggle to keep an upbeat attitude while they’re working in a crazy workplace. It’s difficult to hide this kind of negativity from employers. To maximize your chances of securing a permanent job after your seasonal job is over, maintain a positive attitude that your employers will notice. The better your attitude is, the easier it will be for an employer to see your potential as a permanent employee.

Carry yourself like a permanent employee

Show an employer that you’re ready for a permanent position by carrying yourself the way you would if you were working full time. Offer to pick up extra shifts, be the first to help your coworkers and be as flexible as possible. When you interact with customers, be engaging and helpful. Quality customer service is hard to find, so show your employer that you have the skills it takes to become a valuable member of the team.

Communicate with your boss

Your actions speak volumes to your employer about your intentions, but you need to clearly communicate what you want. Make sure your boss knows that you are looking for a permanent position, whether part-time or full-time. Communicating about what you’re hoping to get out of a job will help your employer keep you in mind for future openings. If your seasonal employment ends and there are no openings, ask your seasonal employer to contact you if anything opens in the future.

Make genuine connections

It’s easy to keep your head down when you’re working a seasonal job. You may want to avoid interacting with coworkers and managers, but this isn’t the best way to secure a permanent position.  Make it a point to introduce yourself to your coworkers. Try to form strong connections with other people at your place of work, especially permanent employees and people in management. The more you integrate into the company culture and forge strong bonds with others in the workplace, the easier it is for employers to see you as a permanent addition to the team.

If you feel stuck in temporary, seasonal positions, there’s hope. Not every job will turn into full-time employment, but you can maximize your chances of landing the job you want by making the most of the job you have. With the right attitude and a strategic mindset, you can impress your employer and land a permanent position.

At Award Staffing, we connect great candidates with temporary, seasonal and permanent positions in the Twin Cities. Browse our job opportunities today and find your future.

The Employer’s Guide to Staffing Seasonal Employees

Many businesses rely on seasonal employees to survive busy times. Whether it’s hospitality workers during vacation months or package handlers during the holidays, there are plenty of companies needing seasonal employees all year long.

Here’s what you need to know about making your job easier when staffing seasonal employees.

Hire early

The sooner you start thinking about your seasonal needs, the more likely you are to be fully staffed when the busy season arrives. Starting early gives you the best chance at hiring qualified candidates eager to help you meet your temporary staffing goals. If you wait until the last minute, your vetting process will be rushed, and you may be stuck with less-than-stellar candidates. Having job ads ready to go for your most common positions will help you be prepared when the next busy season arrives.

Compensate seasonal employees fairly

You will need to comply with all standard employment laws when hiring seasonal employees. Additionally, you should ensure that compensation and treatment is in line with how you treat your other employees. If permanent employees know their schedules at least two weeks in advance, so should seasonal employees. If there is a discount at the office café, all employees should benefit. Seasonal employees will understand that they aren’t receiving health benefits or accruing paid time off, but they deserve to be treated equally where possible.

Manage seasonal employees as if they were permanent staff

Just because the employee will only work with you for a few months doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to form a friendly relationship. Don’t dismiss complaints or fail to provide seasonal employees with all the resources they need to do their jobs well. If your seasonal employees won’t receive certain items or perks that permanent employees do – e.g. reserved lockers or key cards – explain why upfront. Do your best to create an environment where everyone feels committed to the team.

Set clear expectations

On the flip side, seasonal employees may think they can get away with more because they aren’t permanent staff. Seasonal employees should understand they will be held to the same standards as permanent staff. Let them know an approximate end date so that candidates with other commitments know whether they are eligible for work. If there’s a chance for some seasonal employees to be hired permanently, let them know the standards management will review to determine who remains after the season or who will be hired again next year.

Keep notes on the best seasonal employees

Seasonal employees are an excellent place to find your next great hire. Seasonal work serves as a tryout period where you can see who performs best and who fits into your workplace. If an employee doesn’t meet your expectations, he or she will be gone in a few short weeks. If you aren’t able to offer any seasonal employees a job once the term ends, make notes on who your favorites were. Give them a call first next time you have an opening and remember them for your staffing needs next season.

One of the easiest ways to handle your seasonal staffing needs is by working with an experienced staffing agency like Award Staffing. Let us know how we can help you meet your seasonal and permanent staffing needs.

The Pros and Cons of Hiring Seasonal Staff in Minnesota

The Pros and Cons of Hiring Seasonal Staff in Minnesota

When you’re about to head into a busy season, and you’re in charge of staffing for your company, it’s time for the big decision: do you overload your current employees with extra responsibilities, or do you hire seasonal staff to help out with the workload? Before you make a decision, there are pros and cons of hiring seasonal staff that you should take into account:

Pros of Hiring Seasonal Staff in Minnesota-

• Increased Productivity One of the biggest positive aspects of hiring seasonal staff is that after the onslaught of training, you will have increased productivity. Therefore, if you have a busy season coming up, you may want to get the training done several weeks ahead of time, so your new employees are ready to work when everything gets busy.

• Employee Vetting One lesser-known benefit of hiring seasonal staff is that you can use it to vet longer-term employees. Hiring short-term staff is the perfect way to test out particular employees, especially if you’re not yet ready to make a full-time commitment.

Potential Cons of Hiring Seasonal Staff in Minnesota-

• Training Costs Every time you onboard a new employee, you’re may incur training costs to make sure they’re up to speed with your company’s rules, regulations, and protocol. Adding seasonal staff to your workforce could potentially reduce productivity at first until all the new employees are trained.

Connecting with a quality staffing agency which supplies well-trained candidates who learn quickly will ensure that the ultimate productivity and performance is worth any temporary loss of action.

• Lack of Familiarity Your seasonal staff will need to take the time to familiarize the new employees with the position and overall job details. You will need to account for this in the training schedule, but once again, a little effort, in the beginning, will reap big results in the end.

Furthermore, it’s an opportunity for current staff members to expand their leadership skills.

If you are interested in hiring seasonal staff, contact Award Staffing. We can help you identify exactly how many staff members you need, for how long, and in what position/role. We will be able to pre-vet candidates for you so that you’re only meeting with the most qualified candidates by the time they reach the interview process.

 

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