Turning a Holiday Gig into a Permanent Job

By Chip Cutter, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — As companies hire extra workers for the holidays, some of these seasonal employees are already wondering: How do I turn this temporary position into something permanent? And, in this economy, can I?

Retailers who are typically big seasonal employers are suffering through a prolonged slump in consumer spending that's forced many to cut back staffing. Other employers such as the United States Postal Service have implemented hiring freezes. So, while these companies are employing temporary help, they don't expect to make many permanent offers.

Still, personnel consultants and company executives say there are plenty of opportunities for hard-working seasonal employees to stay on even after the new year. Shipping giant UPS Inc., for one, says it could eventually hire thousands of workers who make it through the frenetic holiday season.

The first step in nabbing a job: Make it clear that you're interested in the company, and looking for a permanent role. Most seasonal workers never get a chance at other jobs because they simply never ask, said Jeff Joerres, the CEO of staffing company Manpower.

But be tactful, and don't pester management.

"Make yourself available for additional opportunities," he said. "But don't over extend yourself."

More tips for making the transition from temporary help to full-time employee:

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