What's Temp To Hire? How Does It Work? (+Tips)

When you see a job listing online that says temp-to-hire, what does that mean? How does it work? What should you know about the job opportunity?

Everything you need to know about temp-to-hire positions is going to be found in this guide.

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What Does “Temp To Hire” Mean?

A temp-to-hire position is an arrangement that an employee has with their employer that defines your employment term. Your employment term is a temporary position.

But the stipulation is that you have the opportunity to be hired full-time. This doesn’t guarantee that you will be hired full-time. But it mentions to you, the job seeker, that the opportunity is there.

A temp-to-hire position may be posted because the employer either isn’t sure they will need a full-time staffer for the position. Or maybe they don’t know if they will budget for the position. Or lastly, that they see you as a good fit for the position.

A company may choose to go this route when they’re unsure of those circumstances. In unique cases, it is because the position is difficult to hire for and they’re seeking an opportunity to start small with an employee.

How Does “Temp To Hire” Work?

Temp-to-hire positions are fairly similar to full-time positions. Though, the terms of your employment may be defined in your employment offer.

The terms could be something like 6-months or even less, 3-months. After that term is finished, you would leave the company. Though, at the end of your term, the employer has the ability to transition you into a full-time role if they see it fit.

In many ways, this is like having a part-time position. But instead, you are working inside of a business in a temporary fashion.

This is often seen within contract staffing agencies. And staffing agencies which deploy consultants.

How Can I Increase My Odds Of Full-time Employment?

Ideally, you want to gain full-time employment. If you don’t, simply finish out your term and move on.

But if you want to increase your chances of full-time employment with this company, the first tip is to treat the arrangement as though it’s a full-time position.

Don’t lose respect for the position simply because it’s temp-to-hire or limited employment. Perform to your highest ability.

Secondly, always be asking how you might be able to do more for the business. Gain a great relationship with the employees and leadership team. Then enlist yourself to do more jobs.

A third tip is to be sure that you’re trying to stand out. Be a team player. Help as many of your colleagues as you can. Be selfless in your approach to work. Try to comprehend everyone’s desires and see if you can move the needle forward.

Be result-oriented if you can. Show your colleagues that you can deliver. And show leadership that you’re work with the extra budget.

Learn the business's values and objectives, follow them closely. This includes aspects like dress code, collaboration morals, and any work environment ethics that the company may enforce.

Spend time speaking with your colleagues. Build relationships and try to get work done by gaining the trust of your fellow coworker.

Important Aspects To Remember About “Temp To Hire” Positions

There’s a few important parts to remember about temp-to-hire work. The first is that you should always be prepared to move onto your next position.

While giving your full attention not the opportunity is the right thing to do. You should have a backup plan. Towards the evenings, spend time ensuring that you are either looking for your next position or working with the staffing agency to make sure they have something lined up for you.

You can’t fully trust the fact that you’ll get offered full-time employment. And you need to consider your income and well-being. Don’t let this distract from your performance on the job. But spend 10% to 15% of your time ensuring you have another path to go down if things don’t work out.

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.


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