The flowers are starting to bloom and so is the job market. Many companies are currently looking to significantly grow their IT work force in 2012 and are ultimately creating many new permanent positions. There is however, a slight caveat to these perm positions in many cases. Although more perm positions are being created, many hiring managers are looking to ‘try’ before they ‘buy’ and would like a potential candidate to work in a contract or temp role for a few months before they become perm employees with full benefits. Essentially, companies are becoming increasingly vigilant about finding the right candidate for a perm position and by hiring a candidate initially as a contractor, they can ensure the candidate is going to be the right fit for the position and company culture. Temp to perm positions can also be good news for a candidate who wants to ‘try out’ the position, the boss, the co-workers, and the company culture and see if the role is something they will be happy doing on a perm basis.
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