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Why Knowing What Meaningful Work Means to You is Crucial to Placement Success

One of the most important things to us at Award Staffing is that both our internal and our external employees find meaning in their jobs.

When our recruiters place our associates, they do not want to simply place them in the first role that is available; they want to place them in a position that is a good fit, with a company that they can grow with and hopefully move up in that organization.

We know that a career is a person’s livelihood, and we want to see all of our employees find both success and fulfillment in the roles they are hired for.

One of the things that can help you be successful in any future role is: knowing what meaningful work means to you. We all have different definitions of what meaningful work is and by knowing what it means to you, the recruiter you are working with can help you find the best match.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding what meaningful work means to you:

1. Is a relationship with my colleagues important to me?

This is a huge determining factor in whether or not a team-based role or a more individual role is a better fit for you. If you want to be with a team that you can grow with, a smaller company with a tight-knit team is likely a good match. Whether or not a team-based position is important to you is definitely something you want to share with the recruiter you are working with.

2. Is meaningful in the work or in what the work provides me?

For some people, knowing that they are assembling medical devices for people in need of them is what they need to feel fulfilled. For others, simply having a job that provides for them while still being able to spend time with their family is all the meaning they need. It is deeply personal. If you are looking for a role that directly involves contributing to the common good, don’t be afraid to ask your recruiter what types of roles like that they offer.

3. Do I want a role that will provide me professional growth?

We have some associates that have full intention of moving up to higher positions within a company and others that have been perfectly happy working the same position and the same hours for several years. It all depends on your lifestyle and personal goals. If you need a consistent schedule that is almost guaranteed to never change, there are definitely companies that match that requirement. If you have more flexibility and see yourself moving up as you learn more, communicate to your recruiter that you would like a company with plenty of opportunity for growth.

4. Do I want more experience before deciding what the best fit is for me?

The nice thing about working with a staffing agency is that there are always plenty of temporary positions you can try out before committing to something long term. It’s ok if you don’t know exactly the direction you want to go yet. Let your recruiter know that you are currently only interested in temporary positions and once you feel like you have found a fit, ask them what long-term options are available.


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3 Ways How to Turn You Temp Job into a Permanent Job

Did you know – according to Forbes magazine, “70% of people in temporary jobs get a full-time, permanent position at that company.” If you would like to try to turn your temp job into a permanent opportunity – here are three simple steps:

1. Learn About The Company-

Remember that that being a temp-worker like an audition for a company. They want to make sure that you are the right fit.

By taking the time to learn all that you can about a company not only helps you fit in, but it enables you to stand out. Ask questions, search online, know the chain of command, and show interest in the different jobs that are internal.

By learning and understanding all the various the company dynamics and internal personalities you’ll be able to identify the key players. From here it is crucial to establish and build relationships with these key individuals. Don’t be afraid to strike up a positive and upbeat conversation.

2. Act like You Are a Fulltime Employee-

First impressions can’t be undone. The first few days and weeks of a new job setting the tone for how others see you. You may not feel like you are being observed, but believe it or not, you are.

The key is always to remember that you aren’t just a temp; you’re a qualified candidate who is auditioning for a permanent job. So don’t be a clock watcher, get to work early, and don’t rush to leave. In these types of job opportunities, abilities such as “self-motivated, detail oriented and strong work ethic” need to be continuously showcased.

Your goal needs to make yourself indispensable so you’re the first choice if any permanent jobs they may have. And be sure to communicate in casual conversation that you’re interested in a full-time job.

3. Network with Your Coworkers-

A substantial aspect of being a team player is interacting with your coworkers. Be friendly and enthusiastic, try not to isolate yourself or overshare. Above anything else, show that you are sincerely interested in your job and the company.

The key is to show your coworkers that you are there to help make their workday easier, not to make it more stressful. Always be looking to help – when you’ve completed your assigned task, ask if is there any other ways you can help. Be willing to work outside your job description and learn new things to help the team.

The common misconception is that temporary jobs don’t lead permanent ones, this is far from the truth. If you take to heart these steps and go the extra mile, the chances are that you will find a permanent job. Our goal at Award Staffing is to match your skills with the right company. Contact our hiring team today to talk about how we can help you in your job search. We have offices located in Bloomington, Chaska, Crystal, Delano, Maplewood, and Ramsey Minnesota to help you with your job search today! Want to learn more career tips and tricks – check our When Work Works blog.