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Weighing the Differences between Temporary, Temp-To-Hire, and Direct Hire Jobs

So you’re knee deep in the job search. Your goal may ultimately be a full-time, permanent position. In the meantime, however, there are a number of positives to other, less permanent, employment. We’ll delve into the differences, and benefits, of temporary, temp-to-hire, and the coveted direct hire position.

First, what exactly is a temporary position? If you’re going through a staffing agency you may find yourself with some opportunities for temp work. These can be a day, week, etc…but the defining characteristic is the finite schedule and the zero expectation for permanent work. Temporary work can be full time or part time depending on the office. These can be great assignments for those looking to get their feet back in the water after time off or for job seekers to get some money and experience while looking for full-time permanently.

Next up for job seekers are temp-to-hire positions. Like temporary positions these have a defined time frame for hires. However, unlike temporary positions, as the name implies, temp-to-hire positions may lead to full-time permanent employment. Many times temp-to-hire jobs are tryouts for permanent positions. They fill a void for employers who may be trying to find a replacement for an open position, or those looking to create a new position who want to see what role that employee would have without committing to a yearly salary.

Finally, there are direct hire jobs. When going through a staffing agency they may have a limited number of direct hire jobs they are filling. These are permanent, usually full-time positions. Many times these are harder to get through agencies. Direct hire jobs are very similar to a job you might apply for all on your own, but given a relationship with a staffing agency, the agency can help recommend candidates for their client or help with the search.

All of these types of positions offer a number of positives to job seekers, who can benefit from employment experience in their job search. Don’t be afraid to try any of them as they may open your eyes to new organizations or jobs that really interest you.

Have you ever worked with a staffing agency to find a temporary, temp-to-hire, or direct hire position? Tell us about the experience in the comments below.

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Jen Schiller

Jen works as a Marketing Project Manager for a restaurant, a kitchen assistant for cooking classes, helps with database management, does some freelance writing, and more. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Government & Politics in 2011. Currently, she resides in the Washington, D.C. area and is an avid sports fan.