Temp is Not (that kind of) 4 Letter Word

Posted on 05. Feb, 2014 by

Vicki and I started Juno in September of 2010 – during a time when the economy seemed to be on the rebound, but still close enough to the collapse that people often said, “Are you (insert 4 letter word here) crazy?” I think my mom cried when I told her my plans…and cleared the spare bedroom for my belongings.

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Mikal and Vicki celebrating Juno Search Partners at Smart CEO”s Future 50 event

We had a great vision for what we wanted in a staffing firm – and I could go on ad nauseam about how we are truly a cut above our competition, but instead I’ll discuss one of our failures…(you never saw that coming)!

We adamantly wanted to only permanent placements when we opened Juno – we truly believed we would maintain a pool of higher caliber talent – and we didn’t want to chase our tails placing “temps”. We quickly realized we were getting requests weekly, sometimes daily from companies in need of temps and contractors – and we also quickly realized that companies had changed the way they viewed hiring and in many cases, the only way in the door was to start in a temporary position

Our business plan was ever-evolving at that time and in some cases, we continue to grow and evolve in ways I didn’t anticipate, but by far the biggest change and diversion from our initial business plan was adding a very robust temporary workforce. We now have 30 contractors on our payroll and out at various locations – in all facets of our business – Administrative, HR/Recruiting, and Accounting/Finance – and we’ve converted countless temps into full-time positions with dozens upon dozens of clients.. It seemed that there was an appetite to increase staffing, but it also seemed that not everyone wanted to jump to a direct hire. Some companies really needed a temp-to-perm option.

The moral of the story is – when a Recruiter calls to tell you of a great “temp-to-perm” position – don’t hang up the phone. Listen to the role. Research the company. Take a leap of faith. In many cases, it will turn into a brilliant career move.