Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, it took an average of more than 23 days to get through the hiring process, according to research by Glassdoor. With an unemployment rate still hovering at just under 8%, it’s likely to take even longer to find a permanent position. Fortunately, a temp-to-hire job may be just what you need to get back into the game. It can also be a valuable boost to your career. Here’s why.
Many employers are being especially choosy right now, as they seek to streamline their operations. It can be tough to get a foot in the door, especially if you’re changing careers. But they may be willing to take a chance on you as a temp, especially if they trust your staffing agency. Once in the door, you will have the chance to show what you can do. There may still be an interview or two, but once they know your work, they may be more likely to give you the benefit of the doubt.
Getting to know the company
Remember that a good fit goes both ways. Not only should you be right for the company, but the company needs to be right for you. As a temp, you’ll have an insider’s look at the company’s policies and values. It’s easy to move on if it turns out not to be what you expected.
Getting to know the job
Nothing beats hands-on experience, especially if you’re changing careers. You can try out the day to day tasks, determine whether the commute is tolerable, and see if the working hours fit your schedule. Even if you decide the job isn’t right for you, the things you learn can be valuable as you continue searching for your next permanent position.
Building your network
When it comes to job hunting, it’s all about who you know. Whether you stay long term or not, your temp job is a great place to build your network. Someone you work with may know someone who can offer you the opportunity of a lifetime.
If you have your heart set on a specific company, a temp to hire position could be your ticket in the door. Big companies tend to be extremely picky about who they hire, but they often rely on temp workers to manage temporary surges in work volume. Once you’re in the door, you’ll have the opportunity to show why you would be a great permanent addition to the team.
Need a new job?
If you’re in the market for a new temp to hire position, contact Total Staffing Solutions. With over 20 years of experience, we know how to match you with just the right role.