Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the September 16, 2002 issue of QuintZine.
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- Performance on a temporary or trial basis before a full-time offer is made: 46 percent
- The interview: 30 percent
- The reference check: 12 percent
- The resume: 8 percent
- The cover letter: 2 percent
- Something else: 1 percent
- Don’t know/no answer: 1 percent
Liz Hughes, executive director of OfficeTeam, offers the following suggestions for candidates using temporary work to open doors to full-time jobs:
- Shift your focus: While on a temporary assignment, think of yourself as a full-time employee. Take ownership of projects and adopt a service mindset.
- Make them an offer: During the job interview, suggest to the hiring manager that you’d be willing to work on a temporary basis as a means of demonstrating your qualifications. When working with temporary services, let them know you’re looking for assignments that could lead to full-time jobs.
- It’s in the attitude: Employers aren’t just evaluating your technical ability. They also want to see how well you work with others, react to constructive criticism and handle setbacks. Be positive and upbeat with everyone you meet.
- Don’t burn bridges: If your assignment doesn’t lead to full-time work, thank the manager and keep in touch. This person could serve as a reference for you or provide job leads in the future.
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