Graduating from college is stressful, especially when at every turn someone is asking when you’ll get a job or what kind of work you’ll do with your degree. I’m an English major which led many to assume I would teach. I have the utmost respect for teachers, but that isn’t where my passion lies.
My passion actually lies in social media marketing and management. However, trying to find communication, public relations, marketing, or social media related jobs in my area is tough. Jobs in these fields go quickly and many people apply for them. It’s been a stressful summer full of uncertainty, job hunting, and interviews.
Life took an unexpected turn and on August 28th what has been my part-time job for the last eight years (I actually celebrated my work anniversary on August 23rd) became my full-time job.
Opportunity Can Be Created
You may not always be able to convert your part time role into a full time one, but that doesn’t mean that you will never have the opportunity to change your role. You could turn an internship into a full-time position, or even find a company you want to work at and reach out to them about creating a position that fits your skills and their needs. I’ve had friends who have done both of these options. Don’t be afraid to find the opportunity.
Prove Your Worth
In any of these scenarios, you have to show the employer that your knowledge and skills are relevant enough to make a position for you viable. In my case, I work at a local entertainment venue where I have been the supervisor of our birthday department for three and half years. I also assisted with our social media and program information. When I graduated in May I sat down, wrote a job description and presented it to my manager. I explained what I had to offer and how I could help our facility achieve more with its social media and our upcoming 20th anniversary celebration.Learn how to negotiate your part-time job into full-time with @modernlaine. Click To Tweet
Being prepared with what I have to offer and my expectations of what work I want to do helped me when I sat down with my managers to discuss the possibility of turning my job into a full-time position. My manager was open that having a full-time person devoted to social media and community outreach was new for them, but they were willing to try it out with me.
Be Prepared To Wait
I graduated May 13th and first sat down with my managers about the possibility of going full-time on May 23rd. July 12th we had another sit-down meeting about what becoming a full-time employee would entail. Then both my managers took their vacations back to back which made things even more hectic and slow. It was August 14th before we discussed what my job role would be, my salary and my schedule. August 28th was my first day as a full-time employee because we had to get the paperwork approved for my position change.
It Won’t Be Easier To Get The Job
It took me over three months to complete the process. I’ll admit there was a lot of frustration, tears, and self-doubt. But there were factors outside my controls like other managers leaving and being replaced, summer vacations, and corporate approval. Are you will to do the work and wait it out to turn a job into a full-time position?
To sum it up, here are my top tips for making the transition from part-time to full-time:
- Be realistic about your experience, skills, and expectations.
- Be prepared with what you can bring to the team. It doesn’t hurt to list what you could accomplish (double their email subscribers, organize their client communication, etc.)
- The answer may be no. Some employers may not have the resources for a full-time employee. Others may not understand what you have to offer to their business and team.
- Waiting is inevitable. You think it’s exhausting and tense waiting for a call back about a job? It’s worse when you work at the place you’re waiting for a callback from.