In earlier posts, we were holding forth on the different choices people make and why some find that temporary assignments qualify as their dream jobs. Assuming that you are not one of them and would be happier to have a firm offer for a permanent job in hand, we encourage you to not reject the offer of a temporary assignment out of hand. That is because many employers look at temporary assignments as a ‘try and buy’ arrangement where they get to evaluate a candidate’s suitability for a job before making an offer of employment.
A temporary position provides you with:
Some of the following approaches could help you make the transition to a full time job, if you wish for it:
One final note: there is no such thing as “permanent employment”. Job security is a myth. Every worker must sell their skills and the value that they generate every day. When you start an engagement, it is up to you to consolidate your position – if and when the client’s budget is up to it.
DCR is conducting research into temp-to-perm conversion. Going beyond the statistical measures (frequency percentage, rates paid, etc.), we are also examining the types of positions offered, compensation considerations, and other factors. Please let us know if you would like to participate in this study. And, pass the invitation on to a friend.
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