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Can working a Temp-to-Hire position benefit your career?

Trying a temp-to-hire job is like auditioning for a play. You can try out a role for a while, see if it fits you and makes sense, and if it doesn’t work, you can always change roles. You can learn some new skills, find new ways in which the abilities you already have can be applied, pick up new networking contacts, and maybe you can find a whole new career when you aren’t looking.

Because it has been such a challenging time for many people with employers forced to cut staffing due to COVID-19 shutdown requirements and more, it is difficult to find a job that you actually will enjoy. But it doesn't have to be hard! Is it time for a change in your career, yet you don’t know how your skills can apply to a different work line? Consider a temp-to-hire position. These are jobs where a company wants an employee to fill a vacancy, which leads to a full-time position. In the long-run, how can this benefit you? Is it worth contemplating?

Here are 5 things to keep in front of mind:

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Re-Entering the Workforce, Preparing for an Interview, Temp-to-Hire, Employment Agency, Gaining Experience, Contract-to-Hire, Resume, Changing Jobs

What's the difference between temporary and temp-to-hire?

Understanding Temporary vs. Temp-to-Hire

If you’re looking for work, you’re bound to come across the terms “temporary” and “temp-to-hire.” But what, exactly do they mean and how do you know which is best for you?

According to BusinessDictionary, temporary employment is where you are expected to remain in a position only for a certain period of time. That time could be based upon completion of a project, availability of funding or other circumstances, like replacing someone on leave who is expected to return.

This type of work is also referred to as seasonal employment – like at a retail shop during the Christmas season, or summer work at a pool. Other terms you might see used are: temps, contract, interim, outsourced or freelance.

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Topics: Temp-to-Hire, Temporary/Seasonal/Contract, Gaining Experience

Is an employment agency right for me?

When you’re looking for a job, you’re sure to come across employment agency ads for workers. They often look like this screenshot (to the right) from Indeed.com:

But maybe you’ve never used an employment or staffing agency, so how do you know if you should apply?

First you need to understand what an employment agency does. The American Staffing Association (ASA) has a great description:

Companies need employees. Workers need jobs. And the staffing industry brings them together. Whether for temporary or seasonal assignments, contract engagements, or permanent placement, the staffing industry gives employees a bridge to permanent employment and it gives businesses the skilled labor and flexibility to create effective workforce solutions.

How does it work?

That depends on the type of position that is being filled – temporary or permanent – but the way it starts is the same...

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Temp-to-Hire, Temporary/Seasonal/Contract, Permanent Placement, Employment Agency