They say all good things come to an end. But do they have to?

You have been contracted for a short-term project. You knew the position came had an end date, but over time you’ve developed a strong feeling for the company. The work is rewarding, the people are great, the culture is a perfect fit. You want to stay.

How do you make this happen? It may seem like the workplace equivalent to turning a fling into a long-term romance.

Here’s four pieces of advice for turning a contract position into a full-time job.

1. Get Your Hustle On

If you want to stay at the company, let someone know. Talk to your direct supervisor to see if an extension is possible. This may seem aggressive, but don’t try playing hard to get and don’t get shy.

Unfortunately, part of being a contract employee is having to hustle work. Unlike permanent employees, contract employees know their position has an expiration date.

So bring some of that hustle to bear. Don’t just ask… try to convince. Before you approach the powers that be, put together a presentation about how keeping you on would create value for the company. Show them how you can make them money long term and they will at least have to listen.

2. See if They Need Other Help

Your current project might have ended. But (hopefully) the company has other goals on its agenda. You might not be able to keep your exact position, but you might be able to find another role within the same corporate structure.

Find out what else the company has going. Before the end of your position is even in view, learn everything you can about the firm’s other operations, so you can assess whether it has other places where you fit in. Be ready to convince the people in charge that shifting you over to the new project will be worth their while.

3. Be Prepared to Move On

Remember, it might not work out. As much as you like the company and as much as they like your work, they might not be able to keep you on. Your current project might have a definite conclusion and their other priorities don’t fit your particular skills.

So while you are preparing to convince them that you want to stay, prepare yourself emotionally for a potential departure. This brings us back to the fling/romance metaphor. Don’t let the company break your heart. Be open to other options. And remember: it’s a long career. Make sure to leave the company on good terms. Other opportunities might come up in the future.

4. Talk to Your Staffing Agency

You know how actors and athletes have agents? Well, when their contracts come to an end, they have a support staff ready to help them negotiate the next one.

That’s what a staffing agency does for you – they provide expert advice to help you navigate your specific situation. Contact a leading PrideStaff recruitertoday to find out how they can maximize your career opportunities.

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