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Can You Turn that Contract Job into a Permanent One?

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:

  • An opportunity where each day brings an opportunity to expand your skills and credentials, and the possibility of a firm offer. Moreover, every meeting on the job offers a networking opportunity and the ability to expand the relationships formed already.
  • A way to avoid employment gaps in one’s resume. Many recruiters discount candidates whose resumes contain unexplained disruptions in work history.
  • An assignment which helps you to assess the company; as a prospective employer. You can observe the culture and assess your skills and fit with the organization.
  • An insider’s ability to seek out other positions for which you may be qualified and interested.

Some of the following approaches could help you make the transition to a full time job, if you wish for it:

  • Determine up front whether there is a possibility that the assignment can lead to a permanent position. This goes beyond simply asking – many companies don’t really know up front. Evaluate the skills being sourced, and determine whether there will be an ongoing need for these skills.
  • Build your case by finding positive ways to propose how your skills can continue to add value on an ongoing basis.
  • Exceed the client’s expectations for performance on the job. Add value by demonstrating knowledge of the industry, its competitive scenario and even the regulatory developments which could impact the business and its management.
  • Contribute over and above the tasks assigned, and showcase any additional skills or knowledge you may have which could prove useful on the job; like language editing, number crunching or anything at all that can bring additional value.
  • Demonstrate that you are a fit with the team. Forge relationships with the permanent workers, and keep the network active even after the assignment ends. One of them is bound to remember you in the event of an opportunity arising at a later date.
  • Let your supervisor know that you are interested in transitioning to employee status if the opportunity presents itself. Also, reinforce that you would be willing to take an additional contingent assignment with the company if necessary.

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.

The content on this blog is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for competent legal advice. They reflect the opinions of DCR Workforce and may not reflect the opinions of any individual attorney. Do contact an attorney for advice specific to your issue or problem.
Lalita is a people/project manager with extensive experience in operations, HCM and training and development across industries like banking, education, business consulting, BPO and information technology. She believes in a dynamic approach to life and learning as change is the only constant.