Shifting from temp to perm

We know about half of employers view a steady history of temp work as pretty much the same thing as a full-time position. But it’s also true that not all employers feel that way.

U.S. staffing companies hire more than 14 million temporary and contract employees every year. The industry, among the first to start creating jobs when the recession officially ended, grew by 57% between 2009 and 2014.

Nor does that growth seem to be slowing. Temp employment in the first quarter of this year rose by 5.7% (seasonally adjusted), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. About 40% of employers expect to take on temporary or contract workers in 2015, says a CareerBuilder study.

About one in three (35%) contract workers in a recent American Staffing Association survey say they have been offered a job by a client where they had worked on an assignment.

That’s good news for everyone concerned. But how to best overcome the possible bias held by some employers?

We’d start by looking at how you present assignments on your resume.

Rather than list every assignment as if each was a different employer, you’re better off listing the staffing agency as your employer. Then, simply use bullet points, without dates, to describe the work you did on, say, half a dozen projects that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.

Hiring managers sometimes wonder why you haven’t been among the temps who have been offered a permanent job by any of the companies where you worked. The best way to address that concern: Give the hiring manager contact information for three or four solid references from among the former peers and bosses you’re sure are fans.

Finally, remember that employers are looking for people who can get up to speed quickly, so emphasize that working in so many different environments, with new people each time, has made you more adaptable and flexible.

Whether you need one person or an entire team, Apprentice Personnel will fill your requests quickly and cost-efficiently. 

About the Author

Will Temby

Will has enjoyed a 20-year career in leadership positions in the hospitality and travel industry throughout the U.S. with the Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton, Renaissance and Steamboat Ski and Resort corporations. Will received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 2000-2007, he served as President and CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Vice President-Special Projects for the University of Colorado Foundation from 2007 to 2009. Will is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Homeland Defense Foundation and former member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is married to Nan, has five wonderful children, and enjoys coaching, traveling, hiking, golfing and skiing.