If you are new to the contract-based employment scene, it’s possible that you don’t have an in-depth understanding of the different contract types available. Temporary contracts are an amazing way to build your resume, but they’re not necessarily the best option when you are looking for a long-term job opportunity. The good thing is that contract assignments can often be extended based on your agreement with the employer and your staffing agency, but generally, they have a very specific start and end date.
The temporary to hire or contract to hire scenario is often overlooked oddly enough. It’s a great opportunity to “try before you buy” into a long-term position. If it’s a good fit for both you and the employer, temp to hire can make a lot of sense. In this article, we seek to illuminate the temporary-to-hire contract to help you as a candidate better understand how you can benefit from this unique opportunity.
What is Temporary to Hire?
A temp-to-hire contract is essentially a mix of the more common temporary and direct hire contracts. It is a unique way for employers (and employees) to try each other out and make sure they are a good fit for the position before committing to full-time, regular employment. There are a number of reasons why employers like this type of contract. It provides the recruiting and placement assistance of a staffing firm that is often needed by busy companies, as well as giving them the chance to make sure a candidate has the right skill set and personality for the job. In general, it can take between 3 to 6 months to move from a contract assignment to a full-time hire. But every job opportunity is different, so make sure you and your employer are in line with expectations and qualifications to make sure you are getting what you want out of the assignment.
Contract to Hire Benefits
Candidates can also benefit from a temporary to hire job. In a similar way to how employers rely on recruiters to find the best candidate, candidates rely on recruiters to place them in a job that is most likely to be a good fit. The career advice and counseling provided by a staffing firm can be invaluable. Also, the temp-to-hire contract is a great way to test the waters with a company to make sure that the corporate culture and the position are what you are really looking for in the long term.
Of course, often the biggest benefit of a contract-to-hire position is the higher likelihood of converting a temporary job into a long-term career. As a candidate, you know that your employer is looking to make a long-term investment, and as long as you are able to meet their expectations, you have a higher chance of getting hired as a permanent employee.
How to Convert from Temporary to Permanent
So, what should you focus on in order to impress the company and earn full-time status? Consider your temp-to-hire contract to be an extended interview process. Make sure that you are fitting in with the corporate culture, communicating well with supervisors and colleagues. Complete your work in an efficient manner with an eye toward quality to show that you are permanent employee material. Above all else, show your employer that this is the job you are looking for in the long term. So long as you meet their needs as a candidate, and prove your value to them over the course of the contract, you are well positioned to make the shift from temporary to permanent employee.
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