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Pros and Cons of Temp Jobs vs. Permanent Jobs

October 10, 2022

When looking for a new job, is it worth starting as a Temp (Contract) or is it best to opt for direct hire? There are pros and cons to both methods, but ultimately it depends on personal preference as well as a company’s procedures.

Temporary (Contract) Work


  • Time to see if the company is a right fit without the commitment
  • Ability to try out a job that you may not have previously considered
  • Temp positions can often lead to permanent employment
  • Quick way to get a job while hunting for your ideal role


  • Insecurity about your next steps and how long the company will keep you if a contract length isn’t designated
  • Typically, there’s no benefit eligibility
  • Feeling like an outsider, maybe less bonded with co-workers
  • Temps are often excluded from business meetings and social gatherings

Permanent Work


  • Permanent roles often provide Benefits
  • Feeling like you are a part of a team
  • Job peace of mind and financial security
  • Advancement opportunities


  • Inability to see if the company culture is a right fit for you
  • Getting too comfortable and not trying for advancements, both professionally and educational
  • Rarely will there be opportunity to try out other roles to explore what is the best fit
  • Over time some jobs can become tedious
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