If you want to land something more permanent, you need to be adaptable.
Casual employment has its benefits: good hourly rates, work-life balance and flexibility for students. But if you’re looking for stability, annual leave and superannuation contributions, it’s probably time to move into full-time work.
Shifting into a permanent role at a new job can be daunting, and maybe you enjoy where you’re working casually. Aside from being punctual, professional and proactive, here are some tips for turning your casual role into something more permanent and reliable.
When you start a new job, it can be hard to work your way into established social groups. Don’t be afraid to talk about yourself and ask questions about your colleagues – be the person everyone knows and wants to keep around. Working hard will take you a long way, but injecting your personality into your job will make you memorable to your boss and your co-workers.
If finishing the task you’re on means leaving five minutes late, do it. If you’re in a rush, make sure you get someone else to take over. Avoid leaving right at the end of your shift, if time permits. Being flexible with your time shows your boss you care about work and will follow through.
When there’s an unpopular task that needs doing, be the employee who shows humility and tackles the hard jobs. If someone needs a shift covered, skip Thursday-night drinks and put your hand up for it. Taking things on shows you’re reliable and have a strong work ethic – traits any boss wants on a permanent basis.
Moving into a full-time role at your job could mean your position changes. Be willing to move sideways and take on new roles if it helps you gain permanent employment. If you’re a casual cashier but your cafe needs a full-time barista, put in the work to learn how to make coffee and show your boss you’re willing to adapt on the fly.
Talk to your colleagues and embrace the culture of the company. If there are weekly Friday-night drinks, go along. If everyone dresses up on Mondays, do the same. Immerse yourself in your workplace culture and not only will you enjoy working more, your boss will see it and take note. It’s easier for managers to promote someone who lives and breathes the company as opposed to hiring externally.
Note: if you needed any more of a push, a Fair Work ruling passed in 2017 means that casual workers who have had regular hours over a period of 12 months are entitled to request full-time or part-time work.