Situation: Asking to Turn a Temporary Position Into a Permanent One
This script can be used for roles that were hired as temporary positions, but you’d like to join the company as a permanent employee.
- If you are working as a temporary worker through a third party (for example, an employment agency), make sure that your contract doesn’t prevent you from being hired on by the employer directly. The contract might also specify details about how the transition from temporary to permanent employee can be handled.
- If you were hired by the company as a temporary employee, they probably have policies for how to become a permanent employee. Make sure you are aware of these policies and how to be considered for a permanent role.
- If you were hired as a seasonal employee, make sure the business has enough workload to support you on a permanent basis. Otherwise, your request will either be denied outright, or you will be the first laid off if business slows down.
- Emphasize the benefits to the employer (For example you’ve already demonstrated your ability to handle the workload and you’re a good fit for the company culture).
Make the Ask:
[Boss name], I’ve enjoyed working for [company name] on a temporary basis and would like to be considered for a permanent role.
I think this role is a good fit for me and for your needs.
[List some accomplishments and specific examples that support this.]
Would you consider hiring me on permanently?
How It Might Sound:
You: Because Kirsten has decided not to return from maternity leave, I wondered if we could have a discussion about me joining the company permanently. I’ve enjoyed working for Acme on a temporary basis, and would really like to be considered for her job.
I’ve demonstrated my ability to handle the weekly payroll, maintain the sales reporting, and process expense reports. The only thing I’m not doing right now is computing the sales tax reports, but I did that in my previous position, so that would be an easy thing to add.
Would you consider hiring me to fill her position?
Boss: I definitely would. You’ve done a great job handling Kirsten’s responsibilities while she’s been out on maternity leave. But there are a couple of things I would need to work out with the staffing agency. Let me look into those, and I’ll get back to you.
You: Perfect. Thanks for considering me. I’m really excited about this opportunity.
Boss: You’re welcome. I’ll let you when I know more.