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Temp-to-Perm – A great way to find a job

Written by Kimberley Startup | November 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Candidate ShortlistAt webrecruit, we’ve seen a rise in companies opting to hire new employees on a temporary-to-permanent basis. From an employers’ perspective, this puts the company at a lot less risk as it enables them to take on and test out new talent without the associated costs of permanent recruitment.

But it seems that job seekers are hesitant to accept these positions because of negative connotations associated to temporary hiring. And whilst there can be a stigma attached to being a ‘temp’, you may be surprised to know that there are in fact many benefits.

Here is webrecruit’s list of just some of the reasons why a temp-to-perm position might not be such a bad thing:

1. Think of it as a ‘try before you buy’ situation. This is one of the best benefits of a temp-to-perm position as it gives both you and the company you’re working with an opportunity to see if your working arrangement is a good fit. In either case, it’s a win-win situation – if you don’t like the role, you can end it. If you love it and work hard, there may be a job offer at the end.

2. Learn new skills and expand your knowledge. A temp-to-perm position is a great opportunity to acquire a new set of skills that you can add to your CV. Most companies will offer training for their temp-to-perm positions, and as a result, if the offer is extended, you’ll have all the tools to succeed in the role.

3. Potential pay rise and so much more. If you work hard and prove yourself, it is possible you will be offered a permanent position after your temporary contract. And along with the permanency, you will be eligible for company benefits and possibly even a pay increase.

4. Determine what career is right for you.  If you are uncertain of your career path, a temp-to-perm position allows you to dabble in different fields in order to find what’s right for you.

5. The perfect networking opportunity. Even if your position doesn’t turn into a permanent role, it is an excellent time in which to network with other individuals who share the same career interest as you. Perhaps they can give you some advice on landing a job with the company they are employed with or advise you of other opportunities elsewhere.

Remember, many employers like to employ staff on a temp-to-perm basis in order to assess a person’s suitability to the role without the risk of offering them direct employment.

Keep in mind that you will need to prove your ability to deliver excellent work results, be willing to go the extra mile, and volunteer for extra responsibility – you’ll find yourself on the road to a permanent position in no time.

Have you taken a temp-to-perm job? What was your outcome? Why not share your thoughts on this hiring policy below.

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