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When Interns Become Full-Time Employees

By Deanna Bonaparte

Participating in an internship programme is the best way to ascertain if a job is truly your cup of tea, or if the hosting organisation nurtures a work environment in which you can see yourself in the long run. After all, you never really know what a job comprises and how well an organisation looks after its staff unless you have had first-hand experience on the ground. Internships allow you to observe an organisation’s vast operations as well as determine if a company’s values align with your own. They are as close to a job experience as it gets! (Read More Here!)

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Make a Temp Job Last

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By Dennis Nishi

Tamara Guion-Yagy was disappointed when Tetra Tech, an environmental engineering firm in Pasadena, Calif., hired somebody else for the job that she wanted. The 40-year-old graphic designer thought she was being tried out when the firm hired her as a temporary worker.

So Ms. Guion-Yagy worked even harder at the same temp job, often staying late to finish work. Her manager responded by creating another full-time position for Ms. Guion-Yagy. "I knew I'd be good at the job and liked the work," she says. "I just needed to show them how much."

When times are prosperous, companies are more likely to use temporary jobs as a low-risk way to vet full-time candidates. But the conversion rate from temporary to permanent worker has been low over the past few years as more companies lean on temps as a hedge against a double-dip recession, says Jonas Prising, president of Manpower North, a temporary-staffing company in Milwaukee, Wis.

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