Contract-to-hire positions have become increasingly attractive for employers, and more and more industries have adopted this model. But what are these positions exactly? And what advantages do they offer to job seekers?
What is Contract-to-Hire?
Contract-to-hire are the “best of both worlds” for both full-time positions and short-term contract work. Contract-to-hire is a short-term position with the opportunity to become a full-time position at the end of the contract. The specific length of time will depend on the job and organization, but typically it’s around a few months to a year.
A full-time position is not guaranteed at the end of the contract, but it signals to employees that employers are looking to fill this position – and that if you’ve already established yourself as a good fit in the company, you will be considered first for filling this position.
Advantages of Contract-to-Hire for Job Seekers
Contract-to-hire positions offer some unique benefits over other types of employment.
1. “Test drive” a company
Contract-to-hire in many ways is like an extended interview and training period. It’s a much more in-depth way of testing your compatibility. Because you’re not committed to the role as a contractor, you can simply decline a job offer at the end of the contract if you want to move on.
2. Expand your professional network
Those in contract-to-hire positions often work alongside full-time employees and with customers. This creates a large professional network you can tap into. Those connections may land you a different position within the company at the end of the contract or an offer from a client or connected company. Even if the position doesn’t lead to full-time employment, you can still use the company as a positive reference on your resume, which can help you secure another job.
3. Explore your passions
Contract-to-hire positions are available in a huge variety of industries, which makes it a lot easier for you to truly test a variety of positions. You can use the opportunity to determine if a role is right for you.
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Strom Minnesota is an engineering and technical recruitment agency that specializes in high-skilled job candidates for highly technical positions. We facilitate contract employment, project staffing, temp-to-perm and direct hire opportunities. Industries served include IT, engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and manufacturing. We are affiliated with Strom Engineering, a national staffing and recruitment agency.