If you frequently work temporary jobs, you may be moving between job to job and gaining many different experiences and working for different businesses. Working in a temporary capacity can make it difficult to maintain a strong network of contacts, especially as you transition from one job to another.
However, even for temporary assignments, it’s best to never burn bridges or lose contact with an employer that may eventually be a connection to a full-time job. Here are some tips for how you can stay in touch with a temporary employer and show your appreciation for your experience at their organization.
Ask for a Referral Letter
If you had positive performance with the employer, consider asking for a referral letter once your temp job is over. Getting a referral in writing will be helpful as you seek other opportunities, as it will speak to your credibility and complement future job applications. Additionally, acquiring a referral from a temp employer will show you’re reliable, giving you a competitive edge over other candidates in the talent pool. From an employer’s perspective, a referral letter may be one of the most important parts of your job application.
Express Interest in Future Opportunities
During your last week on the job, be sure to express gratitude toward your boss and let them know you’re interested in full-time opportunities at the company. While there may not be any full-time openings right away, the employer will likely keep you in mind as permanent positions arise. Stay in touch and make sure the company’s HR team has your current contact information so you can easily be reached in the future.
Maintain Regular Contact
Despite how connected everyone may seem, you’ll lose touch with employers if you don’t make an effort to maintain regular contact. Every few months, send your former boss a note to check in and see how things are going. You can also use this as an opportunity to share your job status and learn about the latest job openings at the company. Regularly communicating with your former boss will keep you on their radar, as well as allow you to stay competitive in the job market.
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