Helpful Insights from a Former Temp Employee, Turned Recruiter!
by Cicely Moore
When I moved to Austin from my small hometown in West Texas 5 years ago, I was jobless with just a small savings, and a dream of making it in the “Big City”. I quickly hit the proverbial pavement and went on an applying frenzy, calling three of the staffing firms here in Austin. Within a day or two, I was called in to interview with one of the firms for a temporary role with one of their clients. After my interview I was offered a job. However, they didn’t offer me the temporary role I had interviewed for, but a temporary role within the agency itself! I worked as a temp for the staffing firm for six months. Then, they offered me a permanent role and the rest is history….I’ve been in the recruiting industry ever since!
Not only do I love temp and contract labor because I work in the industry, but it gave me my start in this business to begin with! Whether you are a company who is considering hiring temporary help, or a candidate who is contemplating accepting a temporary role, the below Top Reasons to Go Temp will help you decide if it’s right for you.
You’re in a Crunch! Time is of the essence. Your key employee just gave notice, your boss is asking about the deadline on that special project, your team is scrambling, and your assistant is on maternity leave. Help! This would be a perfect time to call your favorite recruiter and ask her to send reinforcements in the form of temp help, STAT! Don’t have a favorite recruiter? Get one quick! It never hurts to have a recruiter on speed dial.
You’re Uncertain! Your last permanent hire was a dud. They oversold themselves in the interview process, or maybe they just weren’t a culture fit. You’re feeling a bit jaded and want to make sure the next hire is the right one. This is where the “Try Before You Buy” model of temp-to-hire might be a great idea.
Less Hassle! With temporary labor, the candidate is employed by the agency, not you. That means no paperwork and no Payroll, Insurance, or Taxes for you to take care of – the agency handles it. The agency is also responsible for hiring, coaching, and termination if needed. If the candidate isn’t working out, you simply call the agency and ask them to end the assignment.
Easier on the Finances! Fact – The difference in placement cost between hiring a permanent employee and hiring by Temp to Perm through an agency is very miniscule in the long run. However, not every company will want to shell out 20-25% of a candidate’s salary in perm placement fees in one big payment – there are multiple reasons for this. By utilizing Temp to Hire, you can pay as you go, and the cost is spread out during the conversion period!
Vacations, Maternity leaves, and Quick Projects! Hiring a temp is a perfect way to cover the front desk or to get payroll done when an employee goes on vacation or maternity leave. What about that big Excel project you’ve been wanting to tackle? Call your recruiter and ask for a temp Excel guru!
You Need a Job! You just moved to town and need to find a job with a paycheck! Take on a couple of short-time roles to learn the different areas of town, make some new friends and business contacts, and keep the cash flow moving in the right direction while you get familiar with the market.
You’re Uncertain! You stayed home for a few years to raise children, and you are ready to get out there again, but you’re not sure what your next big step should be. Dip your toes into a couple of temp roles just to get back in the swing of things, and decide which course you want to take. You never know….one of these could turn into a great full time role!
Get your foot in the door! Whether you just graduated from college or you are thinking of changing careers, working a temp position can get your foot in the door with some great companies and also add valuable experience to your resume. Think of it as a paid internship.
Broaden your Skillset! Working a temp role is a great way to pick up new skills and industry experience. You never how this might open doors to new opportunities in the future.
Keep Busy! As a Recruiter, I can tell you the hardest candidates to find are the good part-timers! If you are semi-retired, a stay-at-home parent who wants to keep your skill set sharp, or have another part-time professional endeavor but still have room for more, call your recruiter and tell them you are open to temporary work. Temping can be a fun way to meet new people, stay busy, and make money in the process!
Word to the Wise
While being a temp, or hiring one, can be an excellent option for candidates and employers, it isn’t right for everyone. Below are a couple of things to keep in mind.
The best time to use the Temp-to-Hire option is when you need someone right away, it makes sense for your budget, or when you have been burned in the past and want to be certain to find the right fit. The drawback is that when you use Temp-to-Hire, you limit your candidate pool to candidates who are currently unemployed. Employed candidates are excluded from consideration, since employed candidates will typically not leave their full-time employment for a Temp-to-Hire role.
Try this! If you are looking for a full-time employee but you are in a crunch, you might consider bringing in a temp to backfill, then redistribute work while you conduct a search for a permanent employee.
Picking up a temporary role is usually a great route to take, if it is done correctly! Remember that you are employed by the agency, not the client company you are working for. This means you won’t have the same benefits and privileges as a full-time employee would. If the temp role you are working does not have potential to eventually turn into a full-time permanent role, continue to look for permanent employment on the side, in order to cover your bases. Remember – giving notice before leaving any job is a must! Ask your recruiter how much notice is appropriate, in the event you find permanent employment.