Post # 1
Last week, I posted about not being able to find a marketing job as a recent grad. Well, earlier this week a company I applied too back in September reached out to me. The hiring manager sent me this nice email and said my resume stood out to her and she believes my skills and background are a good fit for a temporary marketing assistant job. It would be a full time, four month position and the hourly rate is well over what I have been asking for (I was shocked!). I have no experience with temp jobs and I almost turned it down because I only want permanent employment but I decided to interview. I don’t want to look too much into it but if they reached out to me, this must be a good thing, right?
Has anyone ever had a temp job turn into permanent employment?
Post # 2
qaubz : Ive done temp and got placed permanently for a position but even if you dont its great to get experience and some additional skills. I know many people that spent the first 2 years after graduation taking multiple temp jobs and landed nice permanent roles as they were able to show their ability and skills past obtaining a degree.
Post # 3
I had one turn into extended employment, though not permanent. I was covering for people on maternity leave, so the nature of the job changed when the first came back and I was asked to cover the second.
I’d say you might as well give it a try. You’ll have money in your pocket and can always keep looking for work while you are there. And you never know when a company might be pleased enough to want to hire you directly – it happens with contractors often enough.
Post # 4
annabelle90 : I knew it would be great experience, for sure! However, I really need a job with benefits as I’m almost 26 and will get kicked off my mom’s insurance pretty soon! Lol
Post # 5
I’d take it. At this point in your career, you need to go for opportunities with potential. If you’re not having luck otherwise… at least this will get you another line item on your resume and more experience. And you can continue looking in the mean time, in case they don’t keep you on. You can’t always strike gold with permanent positions straight out of school.
Post # 6
Take it!! At least you’ll get the experience and can put it on your resume. I’ve been at my current job for 5 years and it initially started out as a temp (trial run) position. Good luck!
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2017 - Biltmore Estate
I would take the temp job if it’s offered to you, even if it might not turn into a permanent position at that office. It will give you more experience to put on your resume, and you can continue job searching while at the temp job for when the four month period is over. I would think hiring managers would like that you have recently been employed, and this job could provide an additional reference for you. Good luck!
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
I’d take it! Even if it doesn’t evolve into permanent work it’s keeping your resume fresh and some much needed cash 🙂
Post # 9
since you guys mentioned that you have done temp jobs before, any advice on what kinds of questions to ask during the interview? Is it wrong to ask if there is possibility that it could be temp to hire (of course, I would word it better). Or is that not a question I should ask? The first interview is with the HR manager. I don’t know a ton about the position as it was discussed in two sentences in the initial email so I’ll ask for more detail.
Post # 10
DH started at his job as a temp and was hired on full time. He’s actually in a much higher/better position now as well.
Post # 11
qaubz : I’ve had 2 temp jobs turn into permanent jobs! Go for it and good luck!
Post # 12
qaubz : My one temp job turned into a permanent position, however the company categorized it as a “temp to perm” position. Meaning, if they liked me they had the budget to make it permanent. I am not sure that’s as likely to happen if you’re being hired for a specific project, but I’m sure if they love you, they won’t want to lose you! If it’s offered, I personally would probably take it and continue to apply at other places during the temp position. At the very least it’s good experience and buys you more time to find something permanent. The fact that they’re paying above your salary requirements will help you cover independent insurance too.
Post # 13
Bee, what you’re describing is not a temp job but contracting. There’s a legal difference between the two.
Nevertheless, you should take this opportunity since it will be great for networking and it could turn into a permanent position.
Post # 14
Thanks guys! I waited around for the phone interview this morning but they never called, it was rescheduled for this afternoon.
Post # 15
qaubz : The only advice I can give you is to treat this interview like you would any other job interview even if it is for a temp position. If you make a good enough impression who knows what the future may hold. If this position doesn’t have the possibility of turning into a perm position the the HR person you’re interviewing with may be more inclined to keep you employed at the company in another position/capacity if you impress in the interview.
I’d also recommend you do as much research as you can about the position and its requirements. Also do research on the company and the type of work they do. Being knowledgable about the company and the work they do always impresses the interviewers.
Google some commonly asked interview questions and prepare a personal response to each of them. Also, it’s completely ok to ask if there’s a possibility of the position turning into a permanent one. Good luck!