Follow these four rules of good summertime behavior to hang onto a temporary job.

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The back-to-school sales are in full force this week. While this is a happy thought for a lot of harried parents, it can be a tense time for those who have summer jobs or internships that are nearing their inevitable conclusions.

Usually, these seasonal positions evaporate after Labor Day, like shave ice on a hot Bumbershoot sidewalk. But there are some cases in which full-time positions become available in the fall, and a standout temporary worker can be a perfect fit — provided you follow some established rules of good summertime behavior.

Be punctual. Director Woody Allen once said that “80 percent of success is showing up.” This is especially true in seasonal work, where many of the jobs are held by young people who have not yet reached the level of maturity required for being on time. If you have a spotless attendance record so far, keep it up and show your willingness to put in extra hours. You’re probably already ahead of the pack.

Make a record of your work. Often, those holding summer jobs become the “jack of all trades” around the office, doing lots of odd jobs on short notice. The details about how this work was executed can easily get lost in the shuffle, so keep a detailed account of your daily tasks. When the time comes to justify your continued tenure, having a written record of your accomplishments can give you an edge.

Create a demand. Show your bosses why your skills are too good to pass up. Build your personal brand by volunteering to take on extra tasks, such as redesigning a website, creating a newsletter or adding a social media component to the company’s marketing efforts. Perhaps there’s a way to contribute in another department. If you have good ideas and can prove that you have more up your sleeve, the company might be more likely to find some room in the budget to keep you on.

Speak up for yourself. Sometimes it’s the little, obvious tactics that can make a difference. As your internship or seasonal job nears its end, make sure your boss and co-workers know that you’re interested in staying on. Spend the rest of August polishing your brand and networking around the office. Ask what it will take for you to extend your work at the company, and be sure to meet or exceed those goals. The worst they can do is say no.

Randy Woods is a writer and editor in the Puget Sound business publishing arena and a veteran of the local job-search scene. Email him at