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JOB-SEARCH TOOLS Contract jobs can lead to prosperous, permanent roles

September 23, 2018

A contract job leading to a permanent hire, sometimes identified as temp-to-hire, can be the beginning of a great relationship between an employer and today’s job seeker.

According to FlexJobs.com’s article, What You Need to Know About Contract-to-Hire Jobs, positions such as these can provide an employer to assess an employee’s technical skills, cultural fit and soft skills before committing to full-time position where an added expense of benefits comes into play.

The article also states that for job seekers it also provides the flexibility to confirm if this is a good fit for their career, personality and skills.

They also can take advantage of the opportunity to expand their network in different positions.

Roles can be found throughout various industries such as information technology, marketing, sales, accounting, project management, administrative work and more.

Beth Hammond, president of the Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants, said there are numerous positives one might not be aware when working contract-to-hire. By partnering with a staffing agency, job seekers have access to many jobs that they wouldn’t otherwise know about and that aren’t posted online, said Hammond.

Hammond added that this type of employment can give employees an opportunity to develop their skills when entering or re-entering the workforce. It also helps them determine what line of work they are truly passionate about.

“A contract-to-hire job is also a great bridge to permanent employment if someone has been looking for a while with limited success,” she said.

So why consider trying contract-to-hire?

The roles can offer exposure into a wide variety of experiences such as filling temporary vacancies as was stated in Wonolo.com’s report on Advantages of Temp-to-Perm Hiring.

These prospects could range from when a permanent employee is off on maternity or medical leave to accommodating for volume increases during the holidays or busy seasons in certain industries.

Short-term projects may also arise resulting in the need for require additional help.

Hammond said that by working as a temporary employee first, you get more time to assess the job and the company.

“It’s often difficult to get a complete picture of the job or the company during the interview process,” said Hammond.

For companies, a contract-to-hire job position can allow them to evaluate potential employees over a certain amount of time, usually three to six months, before making a final determination on hiring the person, according to Hammond.

“This can save employers from wasting their time and money as a result of making a bad hiring decision,” Hammond said. “Employers can actually witness, and not just guess, how someone will perform in a certain role or fit within the company’s culture.”

Also, these temp-to-hire positions allow company managers to quickly fill openings in departments simply because the all the red tape involved in hiring a full-time employee can be bypassed.

“It is also easier to transition a temporary employee to a permanent employee because that person is already trained and familiar with the company culture,” she said.

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