Career Tryouts: The Benefits of Temp to Hire

10.22.19 | Job Search

There are many reasons for choosing a temp-to-hire position. Whether you’re pursuing a degree or want to make some extra money, many people find temporary jobs a convenient option. Temp-to-hire positions are also a great way to give a long-term career a short-term trial. After all, the more you know about a specific position, the easier it is for you to make a well-informed decision about your career.

We want to help you make the best possible career choice. Recruiters at Workbox Staffing take time to get to know you and your skills. We have many local connections and will guide you to employment options that fit your long-term goals. A temporary position is an excellent way to build your work experience and to see what kinds of careers are available to you.

Build Your Career With Temp To Hire

Making a career choice is stressful! How can you be sure you’re making the right move? Thankfully, temp work gives you the chance to try out different jobs without making a long-term commitment. It’s almost like deciding what sport you want to play in high school. Should you play football or soccer? Try them both and see. You may find that you enjoy more than one job.

Despite the low unemployment rate in the U.S., there is still a “middle-skill” gap. These jobs are ones that typically require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four year college degree. Examples include: manufacturing, industrial, clerical, and some healthcare positions. According to the National Skills Coalition, middle-skilled jobs make up 53% of jobs in 2015. They also predict that 48% of all job openings until 2024 will be middle-skilled jobs. Since “middle-skill” jobs typically pay well and offer career opportunities, they are an excellent choice for those entering the workforce and for those looking for a new career.

Build Skills, Experience, Connections, And More!

Temporary positions allow you to do more than try out different jobs. You can also start building skills, gaining experience, and making professional connections. Nine out of ten employees said that temporary jobs made them more employable overall.

Another advantage is that a temporary job allows you to try out a specific employer. Let’s say you take a work assignment verifying orders in a warehouse. After a few days on the job, you decide that you want to pursue this long-term. You love the fast-paced environment and strategically thinking about how to fill more orders in less time. However, you run into a problem. There aren’t any advancement opportunities with this particular company.

Thankfully, there’s an easy solution. The good news is that you are aren’t obligated to stay past your contract. More good news: you now have a direction for your future. And on top of that: you’ve gained skills and experience that make you more employable. It’s a win-win-win situation.

How To Turn Your Temporary Career Into a Permanent Position

So what do you do if you want to turn your temporary placement into a full-time job? The internet is full of advice on how to get from temp to full-time. But, the problem with these articles is that they over-complicate things.

We’re going to share a key piece of advice with you. Ready? To turn your temporary position into a full time opportunity—you have to actively show your employer that you are irreplaceable.

There are different ways to do this, but here is how it boils down:

Match your actions to your words.

It’s one thing to say you want the job…it’s another to demonstrate that you do. Showing that you practice what you preach demonstrates that you are a reliable employee who’s serious about your own personal success and the success of the company.

Show up on time.

You’d be amazed what a difference this makes! Consistently arriving early will make a good impression with your supervisors and demonstrate your willingness to work.

Take initiative.

Don’t wait around for things to happen. If you’ve caught up on all your assignments, ask your supervisor what else needs to be done.

Learn all you can.

Ask questions, take notes, soak up the knowledge. Experience is experience, even if it doesn’t lead to a full-time position right away.

Ask for the job.

Come right out and ask! The worst that could happen is that they say no. Even then, you’re still coming away with more knowledge and experience than you had before.

Be patient.

It may take some time for a decision to be made. Until it is, keep up the hard work!

Try Out A Career With Workbox Staffing!

Are you looking to enter the workforce, but aren’t sure what kind of career is right for you? Do you want to switch careers, but have no idea where to start? A temp-to-hire position may be your solution! Workbox Staffing offers positions across a variety of industries. And because of our local connections, we have access to some of the best jobs in your area. Give us a call or apply online to find your next opportunity!