... Is this a good idea?
Working in a temporary role is an excellent way to get your foot in the door and demonstrate your value to a potential employer. Many corporations are reluctant to add permanent staff until they see convincing evidence of a business turnaround. Yet they need help managing workloads and are looking to project professionals to fill staffing gaps. When companies are ready to add staff, they often consider hiring someone serving as a project attorney in their organization because they've had a chance to evaluate the individual's skills and cultural fit. Temporary assignments will also help you decide if the fit is right for you; they give you an inside view of the corporate culture and nature of the work before you must make a decision on accepting a job offer.
These suggestions may help you convert a project role into a permanent one:
Choose the right partner
You can often land higher-quality assignments by working with a staffing firm that specializes in the legal industry. Firms such as ours have a deep understanding of legal staffing from both the client and candidate's perspective, enabling us to make placements that are likely to be successful for both parties.
Make your objective known
Let staffing firms as well as your contact at the firm to which you are assigned know upfront that you're ultimately looking for a full-time job. They may be able to place you in roles more likely to lead to that result.
Don't take a 'temporary' approach
Carry out your responsibilities in the same way you would if the assignment were your full-time job. Show initiative and strive to add value in everything you do. Also, try to address problems that arise, rather than leaving them for a staff member to resolve.
Prospective employers will evaluate how well you fit in with the legal team. If you can build a genuine rapport with others in the office, you're more likely to be considered for a permanent role.
Employment opportunities in the temporary industry are expanding, according to labor statistics, making this a particularly good time to work as a project attorney. You'll be able to take advantage of interim work while you continue your job search and may uncover the perfect opportunity in the process.