You convert permanent:
This outcome is obviously the one that occurs in the ideal world. In this scenario, you’ll go in and do a great job at your position and the employer will be pumped to bring you abroad as a permanent employee.
I’ve placed contract-to-hire workers, absolutely KILL IT at their jobs, and get brought aboard permanently before their original conversion date.
In this scenario, you’ll go from making an hourly rate on contract and then seamlessly get switched over to a salaried, full-time employee on a Monday, typically after working your last day as a contractor on Friday.
Here’s the Deal with Contract to Hire Positions
If you’ve been in the job market lately or have had a recruiter reach out to you, it’s likely that you’ve heard the term contract to hire recently. What is a contract to hire position? What does it mean for you as a job candidate and how should you approach a scenario that involves contract to hire roles.
But first, who am I and why should I even be discussing contract to hire positions with you. Well, my name is Rob Paone and I’m a former technical recruiter. I’ve placed countless professionals in contract to hire scenarios in my past career, before moving into the software sales world.
The fantastic thing about being a former recruiter is that I’m not here to feed your BS about “how great contract to hire positions are!” or how they give job candidates all the flexibility in the world.
You stay on an extended contract
Let’s say you signed on for a 6 month contract-to-hire and the 6th month comes around. You’ve been expecting to convert to a permanent employee, but your boss let’s you know that’s not going to happen.
It’s usually because you’re either very average at your position and your employer doesn’t need you in a full-time role, or because the company is going through internal changes and doesn’t have the money to allocate to another salary.
This isn’t the ideal situation because you don’t receive the benefits of a permanent salary position, but if you’re still working as a contractor, you’re still making money and there’s always a chance you’ll still go full-time.
This isn’t necessarily a positive outcome, but it could be worse as we’ll find out below.
The contract is not extended or you’re fired
Typically this happens for two reasons, you’re really bad at your job or the company is going through some type of internal change and you unfortunately have the least amount of baggage for the employer to let go.
When it comes to firing a contractor, it’s a pretty easy thing for both the end-employer and staffing agency to do, so you have to make sure that you try your best to make a great impression.
Judging from my own experiences though, the people that get fired in a contract-to-hire position are the same people that would have been fired if they were permanent employees. These are the useless employees; the ones that literally sleep on the job, show up 2 hours late day after day, lied about their resume, etc. Getting fired in this scenario is something that’s your fault, not the fault of the employer or staffing agency.
For even more details on what the heck contract to hire is and how it relates to you as a potential source of employment, I’ve created this video below to walk you through the subject at a high level.