If you’re ready to bring on new full-time workers, your first thought is probably to create a job posting and start accepting resumes. But before you get too far down that path, stop and look around. Do you have anyone working for you on a temporary basis? If so, they might turn out to be the perfect candidates for your new full-time positions.
Here are a few reasons why.
They’re Already Vetted
One of the most time consuming and often frustrating aspects of hiring is the vetting process. It’s not enough to interview someone and then offer her a position. Instead, you’ll need to check references, possibly run a background check and drug screening, and make sure she has the credentials she claims. Your temp employees have already been through the vetting process, so it really is as simple as making an offer and signing some paperwork.
They’re Already Working
Agile, talented, hardworking employees are not always easy to find. Even when you do locate them, it takes time to train them and bring them up to speed on your processes. Your temp employees are already trained and working on projects, so you won’t need to spend the time and money on hiring and training.
They Fit with the Team
Your temp employees already know their way around. They’re working with your team members, and they’re a part of the company culture. If you like what they do, and they’ve already meshed and bonded with their coworkers, why would you take a risk on bringing in new people who might or might not be the right fit?
Though the economy is still in an uncertain recovery, many companies are now bringing on new staff for the new year. But before you start writing job postings and hunting for new talent, be sure to take a good look at the people you already have. Many temp workers are eager to move into a full-time position, and hiring them is a great way to save time and money while rewarding them for their hard work.