5 Advantages to Engaging in a Temp-to-Hire Position

Posted: Jan. 31, 2018 By:  Meredith Berger Categories:  Job Seeker Tips

As we head into 2018, Q1 is traditionally a hot time in the job market. Many companies have access to new budgets, which allow them to expand headcount and create new positions or departments. But the process of making a full-time hire at any level often requires hiring managers to jump through a number of hoops before getting the green light to finally extend the offer.

Between resume reviews, phone screenings and in-person interviews, it can take awhile to get in the door of a company. According to Glassdoor, the average length to hire in the U.S. is 23.8 days, which is up 10 days since 2010, and it’s not hard to see why! This is why a solution that has recently gained popularity is a “temp-to-hire” engagement.

Although there are many benefits for the employer in this situation, what about the candidate?

Here are five advantages to working in a temp to hire position:

1. You could be hired faster

There are many situations that occur that virtually no one can plan for. Employees quitting, FMLA and other things often come up, leaving holes in a department that need filling – and fast. But with such a long hiring process, getting a full-time employee on board when you need them isn’t realistic.

With a temp-to-hire position, managers are able to make a decision fast without having to jump through the traditional hoops of hiring a full-time employee. Temp-to-hire candidates typically have shorter interview processes, which means you’ll get hired faster and get to work quicker.

2.  You get to ‘try out’ the position

In a temp-to-hire role, many focus on earning a full-time role at the end of their temporary assignment. But that focus should be on the job itself. Being a temp employee allows you to see if the job description you were given stacks up to the work you’re executing every day.

One of the worst things an employer can do is overpromise and under deliver. If you were promised a strategy position, but find yourself executing work 90% of the time, maybe this role isn’t right for you. Being a temp employee gives you the hands-on time to really explore the position before making the commitment to be a full-time employee.

3. You can explore the company culture and values

A number of companies are now focusing on improving work-life balance, implementing work from home policies, and shifting to more collaborative and open working environments. But no one person is the same when it comes to how they find themselves most productive in the workplace.

As a temp employee, you can experience a company’s culture first-hand before making the commitment to a full-time position. This way, you can determine if it’s a good fit for you and if you see yourself staying long-term.

4. You get to test your commute

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans spend an average of 25.4 minutes each way on their commute. With technology like Waze and Google Maps, it’s easy to predict the fastest routes to work, but sometimes what you thought would be a quick trip each day ends up being a bumper to bumper nightmare. This could be a good time to explore a company’s flex hour schedules or work from home policy. But at the end of the day, if you find yourself spending more time in your car than you’d like, this position may not be good for you long-term.

5.  You could get the opportunity of a lifetime!

We all have a list of companies we would do pretty much anything to work for. Many big name, Fortune 500, and well-respected companies have restrictions on how many full-time employees they can have on staff at any given time. Most are able to grow their teams and continue to hire by bringing on talent on a temporary basis. Your next dream job could be disguised as a temp-to-hire position!

Looking to hire temporary staff? Contact The BOSS Group today!