These days, you may not have to talk candidates into taking contract assignments because more candidates are actually seeking out contract work. But if you do encounter a candidate who is reluctant to consider contract staffing, you may want to point them to a column titled "Why Temporary Work is Worth It" in Forbes.
According to the column by Kerry Hannon, more than a third of American companies are operating with smaller staffs than before the recession. No surprise there. But what might surprise your candidates is that 36 percent of companies plan to hire contract/temp workers this year, and a third of those plan to hire before April. For candidates who have been out of work for a long time, this represents a whole new crop of job opportunities. . . if they are willing to think outside the normal direct-hire box.
The column gives candidates plenty of reasons to consider contract staffing: