3 Things That Will Influence Your Employer to Want to Keep You

Your Professional Development is Your Responsibility, not Your Employer’s.

What role can you play to influence your employer to want to keep you? Many have asked me on several occasions about career development.


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I was hired from a temporary assignment to a full time employee because I lent a hand to the hiring manager. Give more to your employer if you want them to keep you for a while. A little help can significantly boost their moral to keep you.

On the other hand, there are many ways you can use to influence them to keep you longer. It all begins with you, not anyone. Here are some things you can do to prepare yourself for an extended stay.

Develop Your Professional Skills

Employers want to keep those who develop themselves. Knowing this, you can use this opportunity to build your professional skills. There are numerous ways you can use to establish yourself professionally.

  1. Attend a Piece of Training: Most of the employers have internal training. Sometimes they will not tell you what training to attend. It is your responsibility to ask for a developmental training.
  2. Attend Seminars: There are numerous seminars that you can attend to develop yourself professionally. Look for the ones that suit your need and within your budget. 
  3. Job-Shadow Someone: Some employers have the job-shadow program. This program allows you to pair with someone in an area of your interest for a full workday. You can request one if they do not have one.

The idea is that there are so many ways that you can professionally develop yourself. Find what works for you to improve yourself. Your professional development is your responsibility, not your employer’s.

Become a Subject Expert Matter

Employers are looking for people who know what they are doing and willing to help others. They are also looking for people who are open to change. When there is an issue in your area, do people come to you to find answers?

Firms are willing to keep those they can trust during times of crisis. Most of the times, those who are kept longer are the ones who know what they are doing. You can prepare yourself to stay longer if you equip yourself with answers to these questions.

What skill set do you have that no one else in your industry has? Can your employer depend on you in difficult times? Can they get rid of you quickly without missing anything? 

Do More Than What is Expected

A good number of firms are trying to find ways to operate efficiently. Sometimes this action leads to multi-tasking. In some companies, one person may assume multiple roles to wave some positions.

What can you do to support the firm? How would you give them the gesture that you are willing to do more than what they paid you to do? Are you going to stick to what they paid you to do?

Taking extra responsibilities and more projects may be a kind gesture. Just be careful not to assume too much and stretch yourself thin. Take on additional projects but be sure to take no more than what you can handle.

Question: What else can you do to influence your employer to want to keep you?

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