1. Know What Is the Difference Between Part Time and Full Time
Researching your company’s policies should be your first step, since the definition of part time and full time can vary by employer.
Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies part-time employees as individuals working one to 34 hours per week, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal wage and hour law, doesn’t define full- or part-time employment.
That means one company’s full-time employee could work 40 hours, while another might consider anyone working more than 32 hours full time.
2. List Your Accomplishments
If you’re going to make the case to your boss that the company needs you more, you’ll need to present measurable accomplishments from your part-time tenure.
What have you done that has made a difference, that has been impactful, that would not have happened without you?
To simplify the process for identifying your achievements, answer three questions: What did you do? How did you do it? What was the outcome?
This method also applies to seasonal workers even if you’ve only been at the job for a few weeks.
You have less time to prove yourself. But it’s also the nature of the job to have done a lot in a short amount of time.
3. Make Your Boss’ Job Easier
Building a good relationship with your boss can help solidify your place on the team. One good way to do that is by volunteering to take on tasks that make your supervisor’s job easier.
If your manager knows they can depend on you and that you are being proactive and have foresight into what’s happening, that’s how you build a really strong relationship.
By changing your mindset so you no longer view the job as temporary, you’ll demonstrate why you deserve to be there full time.
Set yourself apart and be that individual who is going to have that positive outlook or that positive attitude every single day when you come into work.
4. Network With Those Who’ve Made the Leap
If you haven’t already, introduce yourself to other employees who have successfully made the leap from part time to full time.
Ask them for their insight, ask them for their support — especially if they had to have that same conversation with the same supervisor.
Networking is a great way to garner support but be cautious that it only works as part of a bigger strategy.
If you have built all the great relationships but have really not done anything, that’s really not going to be helpful. The main game plan is do a great job because it’s all going to boil down to: How have you been impactful?
5. Prepare to Negotiate
So when’s the best time to talk to your boss about your desire for full-time employment?
There’s no time like the present. No one’s going to know what you want out of that job unless you tell them what you’re looking for.
And by going in prepared with your list of needs and accomplishments, you’ll be ready to confidently approach the negotiation as a discussion rather than a plea.
That question, ‘What can we do?’ is very strategic. It’s opening it up as a true dialogue between two people, as opposed to ‘I want this’ or ‘I’ll defer to you.’
And don’t forget to think outside the box — or your current job at the company.
If it’s not in your current role, perhaps there is another full-time position available in another department. This is particularly true for seasonal employees looking to make a post-holiday leap.
6. Always Be Looking
Even armed with a list of accomplishments and an armada of advocates, your boss might say no to your request to become a full-time employee.
Unfortunately, as an employee, you don’t necessarily always see behind the scenes. There are any number of reasons a boss may decline, including budgetary reasons or hiring criteria restrictions.
If you’re a seasonal or temporary worker, we strongly recommend finishing the assignment, since your manager might provide a reference — or possibly a job in the future.
Definitely stick it out and stay for the long haul, because you might even pick up some skills along the way.
By developing a professional, well-researched approach, you’re creating a guide for your ongoing career journey.
Know that’s it’s not personal, and it’s just a matter of continuing your job search. Until you find a job that offers you the hours and pay you want, you should always be looking.