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How to turn your temp job into permanent work

CREATED Mar 5, 2014 - UPDATED: Mar 5, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - When college student Brittany Brooks applied for a job at a local store, they told her they were only hiring seasonal help and she would probably be let go. She decided to go for it anyway.

"I needed the money and I just wanted to have the experience of saying 'Yes, I have had a job,'" Brittany said.

Brittany impressed her boss, and her holiday job turned permanent. This is something that experts say is a fast growing trend and it's not just retail. Brent Rasmussen is with careerbuilder.com and he says companies in a variety of fields are "test-driving" temporary employees before hiring them for good.

"Hospitality and leisure, finance and accounting" were a few of the fields that Rasmussen mentioned.

So how do you score a permanent position? Experts say you need to treat the job as if it's already yours.

Dawn Fay, the district president for Robert Half International, a staffing organization, says "Don't treat it like a temporary job that maybe isn't as important to you. You know, a lot of times if people are on a temporary assignment they'll not show up on time, they won't take extra initiative."

What are some other ways to put your best foot forward? Ask for extra assignments. Make an effort to get to know your coworkers by attending social and professional functions. Ask for regular feedback of your performance and how you can improve.

"People love people that have initiative and that want to do a better job," said Fay.

Lastly, make sure your boss doesn't think you want the job for the wrong reasons.

"Retail organizations tell us all the time they're offended when people only work for the discount and not for the company" states Rasmussen.

Two years later, Brittany is still working at her holiday job and loving every minute of it. "The people I work with honestly are like family. I've enjoyed it ever since."

Experts say it's also important to be flexible with your time when it comes to temporary work. Full time employees usually get first dibs on the best schedule meaning you might end up working odd hours at first.