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August 03, 2012



Great article. I am a Recruiter that specializes in placing consultants/temporary workforce. It was refreshing you did not utilize the word "permanent" and used "full-time" employees instead. Almost on a daily basis I have to correct candidates asking me for a "permanent" job. I inform them, "there is no such thing as a "permanent" job anymore. I know of consultants that outlast "permanent" employees. So please take the word "permanent" out of your vocabulary when it pertains to jobs." At that moment, the candidates usually have a wow moment and agree with me. I do see the upswing of the contigent workforce. The landscape of the workforce has changed and everyone has to embrace the change. We need to start thinking and acting like consultants because one day the only job you might be able to find is a "contingent" one.

Michael Leitschuh


While I agree that the word "Permanent" needs to be removed from our vocabulary when referring to employment, the term "full-time" implies that the "contingent" workforce only works "part-time". The reality is that the contingent workforce usually works more hours per week because they are paid for every hour they work. I haven't come up with a better alternative and still use the term "Perm" because people understand what you are talking about. It's like the word "Klenex"...most tissues are not Klenex, but if you ask for one, people know what you want.

Beth Burstein

I generally use the word "Direct Employee" instead of permanent. The rest of us are a contractor (consultant). Most people think of a contractor as a carpenter or plumber; however, those of us that are not "Directs" are contractors.


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