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How anyone ever done a contract to perm job?

 
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meaning they hire you as a contractor (no medical benefits) then say you work for them for 6 months before you are hired as permanent. I'm wondering what is the likelyhood that they hire me full time, the recruiter said they only don't extend an offer for full time if there are performance issues, but she could just be saying that.
 
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You never know. Sometimes it's one of those "trial" scenarios where after a few months they are pretty sure they want you and you know you'll be hired on. Other times it's just a ploy not to hire any FTE. You stay as a contractor, they like you, they keep extending your contract, but never hire you as a FTE because maybe the budget isn't there or maybe the company doesn't want FTE.

I was on a 4 month contract one time that got extended for 6 more months, then another 6 months, and so on. Everything was going great but the fact was a contractor was looked at differently in the budget compared to a FTE. So they could keep me on as a contractor but they couldn't bring me on as a FTE. Semantics, politics, and money is what it is all about.

Sometimes they will hire you after your contract is up, but sometimes that's just not feasible and it's used because some people don't like contracting.

Therefore if it's a possible Contract to Hire after six months more people might be interested and in reality, maybe they do want to hire you but can't or maybe they wanted to but things changed.

Like I said, many times contractors aren't on the same budget as FTE and certain money issues can be avoided. Instead of counting as a Human Resource head count a contractor might be a services headcount or something like that.

It all really depends. It might be true, it might not, things might change, they might not. The fact is, if it's a contract, take it at that. If you do get hired in 6 months, great. But don't assume if you do great that you'll be hired as a FTE. Sometimes it's not about what you do or who likes you.
 
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