My first experience at temp agencies was in the late 90’s. I made the mistake of leaving a permanent hire offered from 1 company after a 6 month temp-to-hire period for a 2nd temp-to-hire company that didn’t actually hire. The problem was that permanent offer from the 1st company didn’t come until I gave notice to leave for the 2nd. The temp agency staffing for the 2nd company said it was a lateral move. But in hindsight, it was a big set back.
Everyone liked my work at the 1st company; which is why it didn’t make sense why they weren’t hiring me permanently after the temp contract had ended. What I didn’t know was that the boss secretly was only hiring a temp to keep a permanent position open for a friend who couldn’t fill it yet. But the person still wasn’t available after my 6-month trial period ended. He was just going to keep me on until his friend was available and then find a poor excuse to dismiss me.
Everyone else in the company didn’t know this was happening. But I suspected something; which is why I left preemptively. That’s when the boss was forced by his boss to offer me a permanent position. In hindsight, I could have accepted the offer, but then I would have been working for a boss who resented me. I probably could have handled the 2nd job better an kept it, but I didn’t like working for an insurance company.
What I’ve learned is that there’s never a guarantee that isn’t in writing. Every job is a potential temp job, whether or not your hired through a temp agency. But temp agencies make more money when the jobs they staff are actually temporary. Some honest companies hire through temp agencies because they are cautious while looking for permanent hires. Other companies hire through temp agencies because they know they aren’t looking to fill a permanent position. In the latter case, they aren’t always honest about why they are hiring temp. And temp agencies aren’t always honest about what they know when staffing.