Contract jobs exploded during the pandemic. While contract jobs will never replace full-time employment completely, there are some benefits for employers and the contractors in taking these jobs. Employers can save money on benefits costs by hiring a contractor. Contractors have a certain measure of flexibility and higher pay when accepting these jobs. But what about the contract-to-hire job, where the contractor may have the option of becoming a full-time employee at the end of the contract? This blog will take a look at the benefits of contract-to-perm employment for the contractor and the employer.
Benefits of Contract-to-Perm
Contract-to-perm jobs are short-term contractual arrangements that bring on a new employee into a company on a temporary basis with the option to make things permanent later on. These contracts can last six months, a year, or for some other time frame. There are some big benefits for the contractor, including higher pay for these positions.
The biggest benefit of these opportunities is that a contract-to-hire job allows both the candidate and the employee to try it before they buy it. Some employers would like to be sure the new employee is a good cultural fit. Contract-to-perm jobs actually give both parties within the employment contract a chance to test the waters before taking things to the next level.
For the contractor, there are some clear benefits of a contract-to-perm role:
- Gives you a chance to strengthen your position within the company by showing your value. With any luck, you’ll exhibit to the employer that you are the right person for the job. When or if they offer you the job full-time, you’ll already have a network of professional colleagues and a solid track record of work for the company. It will feel comfortable but also exciting—like you’re starting fresh as a full-time employee.
- Gives you some new experiences and allows you to build your resume skills. This is especially important if you have a gap between full-time jobs that you need to fill. If the opportunity is a good one, you could gain considerable skills that you can use both in the current role or in other future jobs.
- Let’s you determine if the job is a fit before fully committing to it. There’s probably no better way to determine your fit within an organization than the contract-to-hire job. Think about it; taking a new job is risky for you, too. This type of contract position ends the debate over the role itself and whether it’s a fit. By the end of the contract—you’ll know for certain.
- Expands your professional network. The connections you make at this company could lead to other opportunities, both at that organization as well as with the connections you make there. Even if you decide the job isn’t a fit, you could still benefit from a reference from the people you work with there.
We Can Help You Find a Great Contract-to-Perm Job
Employers are increasingly using contract-to-perm jobs to test out employees before bringing them on board in a permanent position. But employers are not the only entity to benefit from these arrangements. If you’re a contractor, Lingo Staffing would like to talk with you about your options. Call on us today.