Try Before You Buy

More and more employers are finding they need to hire in order to grow, but many are still reluctant to invest in new workers on a permanent basis. The new mantra is, "Try before you buy." Andrew Schneider has more.

working peopleIt’s no secret that Houston is adding jobs faster than much of the rest of the country. Energy firms, hospitals, banks and even manufacturers are hiring.  What’s less often remarked on is that many of the new jobs are temp-to-perm or temp-to-hire. 

Brittna Valenzuela is Houston-area vice president with Kelly Services.

“We have seen a lot more temp-to-hire-type situations, and that gives the company an opportunity to determine if this is a good fit for the company, but it also gives the employee an opportunity to determine if that culture, if that organization, is a good fit for them.”

Valenzuela estimates as much as 20% of new hires in the Houston area begin as temporary or contract positions.

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Andrew Schneider

Business Reporter

Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...