and how to score your dream job.
Most of it is common sense.
But what if you don’t want a full-time, permanent job? Life’s full of things to do, and temporary work gives you flexibility. Maybe you’re a work commitment-phobe, or you just like the element of surprise that comes from not knowing where you’re going to be from day to day.
It’s exciting, right?
Unfortunately for people like you, there’s a term called temp-to-perm hiring that could have you kissing those carefree, living on the edge days goodbye.
Don’t fret – I’ve found some good, creative ways (some offbeat, some not so) other temp workers have found effective in ensuring you won’t get permanently hired.
Be a 21st-century town crier. Former contract worker Michael Hanscom pulled this off beautifully in 2003 when he decided to use his weblog to write about his company’s products. As with social networking, online journaling can be a great way to let employers know how far you're willing to go to lose your job.
Piss off the receptionist. Sometimes you just want to get paid. If you harass the front desk long enough about whether your timecard was received, you can walk out with your paycheck and the freedom of open days ahead. So make sure you let the agency know you’re the most important person on the books, especially if you’re low on the totem pole.
Wear lipstick and a watch while drinking soda. At Amazon, if you’re a temp worker, they don’t like you to wear products they sell, namely lipstick and watches. And they don’t like you to drink colored liquid (so double kudos if you get caught for imbibing vodka on duty).
Try to bond with your coworkers through TMI. An employee working through OnStaff noticed her coworker’s boyfriend also worked at the company, and mentioned how great it would be to get a job with her own lover. The coworker misinterpreted this to mean she was leaving for a different company. The temp was let go. The lesson - if you have designs of greener pastures, don’t be afraid to let people know. Over-share can make all the difference between job security and unemployment benefits.
Tell your coworkers to zip it. A temp worker had overly sensitive ears, so he hated it when noise from the hallway drifted into his office. He put a sign on his door telling people, “Quiet please … people at work.” He was told this was uncool and let go. This is a great way to attain the peace and quiet you can enjoy from your own home once you’ve managed to get kicked out the door.
And the best part? None of these stories appeared to have ended up in discrimination or unlawful termination lawsuits. You don’t have to waste precious hackey sack time in court battles by implementing these five practices.