When the last heavily discounted flat screen TV sells, when the final gift package is carefully placed on the stairs, and when the remaining tax returns are filed, you may be wondering what happens to all of these seasonal jobs.
In most cases, the seasonal workers stamp off and collect their last paycheck. Maybe they’re using the extra money to offset their Christmas gifts, or maybe they’re putting the money away for college or some other financial goal. The positions often go under until the next big hiring initiative.
For Dan McMackin, a decade-long UPS employee, the opportunity persisted. And he says the opportunity doesn’t have to fade for you either.
He started at UPS in 1978 as a seasonal package handler. He worked his way up to a permanent part-time position, then a full-time position. He moved to management, moved to the HR department as a seasonal recruiter and finally moved to his current corporate position as PR manager and spokesman.
McMackin advised The Penny Hoarder on the pros and cons of vacation rentals and how to turn a seasonal job into a permanent one.
Can a seasonal job be permanent?
UPS, one of the largest seasonal employers in the country, commissioned a survey on seasonal work. The company found that almost 70% of respondents would like their seasonal or temporary job to become a full-time position. And 90% see seasonal work as a good way to find a permanent job in a company.
So the majority of workers certainly think Seasonal jobs are good options, but what about the employer’s perspective? Do you want to employ seasonal workers permanently?
Even with a massive spike in unemployment due to COVID-19, it is in a company’s best interests to keep high quality employees as frequent fluctuations force a company to spend money on training and retraining workers.
The managers closely monitor each group of new employees in order to attract the high-performing employees and to stay up to date in the long term.
How to turn a seasonal job into a permanent one
Every employer works a little differently, but this battle-worn advice applies to almost any seasonal employment situation.
Treat it like an extended interview
Scott Waletzke, a senior executive at Adecco USA recruitment agency, recommends changing your attitude so you no longer consider the job temporary.
“Just think of this job as an extended interview,” he said told The Penny Hoarder.
Some managers may already have a short list of permanent candidates. Approaching the seasonal position from the start as a route to a new job will put you at the top of the list.
As with any job interview, you want to get a good read about the company and its culture. Sure, you want to make a good impression, but use this time to see if the company meets your needs.
Seasonal work can be difficult. It’s a busy time of year and that’s why the company needs so many hands on deck. The nature of the job could result in seasonal workers not taking the job very seriously, McMackin suggested. Here you have the advantage.
“Since this is a temporary gig, I think some people only want it for a short time,” said McMackin. “If you’re not one of them, you need to get it known and stand out as a hardworking, caring person.”
He says simple (but crucial) things like demonstrating a strong work ethic, punctuality, and flexibility will go a long way in helping you set yourself apart.
Ask your boss or supervisor directly
If you decide to stay with the company, let your manager know. This is the most obvious step you can take to secure a permanent position. However, many people often bypass this conversation to avoid possible inconvenience.
It’s okay to make your intentions known during the interview. However, after you’ve spent some time growing into your role, pull your line manager aside.
Make sure there has been enough time to prove yourself – bonus points for specific examples – before asking your boss to stay permanently.
McMackin notes that seasonal work is quick and there may not be much downtime during your shift to have a career discussion with your manager. He says the easiest time to talk about it is right after a shift.
“Do you have five or ten minutes after work?” McMackin recommends asking.
During the interview, highlight that you want to stay after the hiring season and express your long-term goals. Share relevant things you do in college with them as appropriate.
“A lot of people want to go back permanently,” said McMackin, “but what if they don’t do very well at work?”
That’s when you, the one who knocked it to death, take on a proven track record of ensuring that you stay in the loop long after the seasonal sales and the diversion of the crowd – no more faceless newcomer, but a permanent staff.
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com