Temp To Full-Time: The New Path To Success In The Workplace?

By Jeff Neumeyer

July 10, 2013 Updated Jul 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- The June jobs report revealed 28 million Americans working part-time, an all-time record.

There is a growing trend towards more people finding work through temporary employment agencies.

Indeed, new stats show one in five jobs gained since the end of the most recent recession are temp jobs.

But starting out as a temp employee doesn't mean you have to stay that way.

Christina Edgell now has 10 months on the job at a Fort Wayne manufacturing plant, doing plastic injection molding work.

She's full-time now, but she started out part-time.

Temporary Solutions, a local staffing firm, connected her to her new employer, giving her a chance to prove herself.

" It can lead to further careers, a better position inside the company, training. Actually it worked out pretty great for me," Edgell said.

In the first quarter of 2013, U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.86 million temporary and contract workers.

It represents a three percent growth from the same period in 2012.

" I came in on Monday and they've already had me placed at a company on Wednesday," said Kellie Pfeiffer, who just got hired as a temp worker, but she's counting on that changing soon.

" This job will go temporary to permanent after a 90-day probationary period, so I was happy about that."

Rob Callahan started Temporary Solutions 24 years ago.

He says more and more companies use his agency to do a lot of the hiring legwork.

" We do all the testing, interviewing, recruiting, all the background checks, drug tests. It's your foot in the door to prove yourself over a probationary period, and hope that you're going to be that person they want to hire when the time comes," Callahan said.

Callahan says 75 percent of temp workers get a shot to convert to full-time.

But he says he’s also seeing more full-time people coming into his agency for help, saying they'd lost full-time status, because companies are worried about their benefit costs going up under the Affordable Care Act.

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