The gig economy has revolutionized how we think about employment. Growing three times faster than the overall workforce, it affects every industry, ranging from professional and technical to convention and hospitality. Some researchers predict that more than 50 percent of the working U.S. population will be participating in freelance or temporary work by 2020.
New Orleans-based staffing agency, Delta Personnel, celebrates its 50th anniversary by adding healthcare recruitment to its service offerings. The agency, which opened its doors in 1968, specializes in temporary, temp-to-hire and executive recruiting in the food and hospitality, professional services, IT support and light industrial industries. With the addition of healthcare, Delta can now provide recruitment opportunities for highly skilled hospital administrators, doctors, nurses and personal care professionals.
“Delta’s expansion marks an important transformation for the company,” said the owner, Teresa Lawrence. “Our growth is not only in response to the nation’s need to fill positions in the healthcare industry but Delta’s on-going commitment to put skilled workers in good paying jobs.”
The agency has already made one major step towards positioning itself to attract healthcare clients and job seekers. Last month, Delta hired Arthur Simmons as the new senior talent acquisitions manager with a focus on healthcare. Simmons brings more than 10 years of talent acquisitions experience to the company. After four years with MSI International in a similar role, Simmons is well-positioned to hit the ground running as a full-cycle recruiter.
“Delta has afforded me the chance to integrate my vision for healthcare recruitment with their business expansion strategy,” said Simmons. “This is a great opportunity to help the agency build something new and venture into a rapidly growing sector.”
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, the healthcare industry created more jobs than any other sector, adding 35,000 jobs per month. Louisiana, alone, saw a jump in healthcare employment, a trend many economists predict will continue over the next 10 years.
Can your temporary job turn into a full-time opportunity? Yes, it can! In today’s competitive job market, employers often take their time to search for the ideal candidate. Full-time hiring decisions are typically made after a 3 to 6-month period of observation. In the meantime, employees are in a holding pattern waiting to learn whether their temporary job will convert to a permanent opportunity.
The good news is, according to research from the American Staffing Industry, in 2015, 35% of contract employees were offered a chance to go from temporary to permanent employment and 66% of those accepted the offers. That means you have a very good chance of being hired.
Since 1968, Delta Personnel has successfully filled thousands of temp-to-hire positions. With 50 years in the staffing industry, Delta’s recruiters are dedicated to ensuring employees and employers are a good fit. But it’s the temporary employee’s ability to put their best foot forward that increases their chances of securing a full-time position.
Here are 5 tips to ensure your temp-to-hire job ends in a hire:
Attitude is everything. From your first day on the job, show your passion for the company and the work. Show your commitment to and enthusiasm for the job by going above and beyond what is asked of you.
Perform like your job is permanent. Think of your temp assignment as an extended job interview. Your punctuality, performance, problem-solving skills, and work ethic will be under close watch. Take this opportunity to show them you can be an irreplaceable member of the team. Make sure there is no doubt that if given the opportunity, you would choose to stay.
Show an interest in the company. Demonstrate that you are in it for the long haul by asking about the company’s history, culture and mission. Be sure to spend time developing relationships with your co-workers. You will want them to report back positively about your attitude, skill-set and willingness to help.
Learn as much as you can. Demonstrate to your employer that you are eager to learn and can learn quickly. Never be afraid to ask questions. It is more important that you ask a question and learn how to complete a task correctly than keep silent and get something wrong.
Take the initiative. Be on the lookout for ways to go above and beyond. If you finish a task ahead of time, ask if there is something else you can do. Before you leave for the day, ask your boss if he or she needs anything else. These little things will demonstrate your value as an employee.
Finally, be patient. It may be difficult waiting to find out if your temporary position will become permanent but think of it as a learning experience. Towards the end of the temporary period make sure you convey your interest in the position and be prepared to highlight how you can be a continued asset to the organization.
Delta Personnel will be your advocate throughout the interview, hiring process and employment contract negotiations, to ensure that you have an opportunity to secure a good job at a great pay-rate.
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