As a full-service employment agency, D. C. Powell and Associates has a combined experience in the field of over 40 years. Our hard-working and dedicated professionals are here to provide our candidates with various part-time or full-time career opportunities such as direct-hire, contract-to-hire, temp-to-hire, or long-term temp, depending on what you have the most interest.

We also pride ourselves on the vast diversity of industries that we currently support. These range from medical, to administrative, to professional services, construction, light industrial, and information technology (IT), each of them with its subsection of jobs.

Choosing a career path is the first step in achieving success. The second step is determining the type of hiring process that fits you best. Arguably, the second is the more challenging and the least straightforward part of the two, each of the choices having its own set of pros and cons. With that said, here is a short breakdown to make your decision process more manageable.

Direct Hire

Businessmen working at desksDirect hire positions are permanent and usually, full-time with benefits. This type of arrangement is ideal for job seekers who are not fond of taking a risk with a working contract. Direct hire employees are also eligible for company benefits such as retirement, Paid Time Off, and health, and have the security of a long-term position.

Nevertheless, the direct-hire process can be a little bit slower and may not be an ideal solution for those who want to get a feel for the company’s culture before making such a long-term decision


Unlike the direct-hire process, contract-to-hire is a way for candidates to test the waters and determine if the company’s culture is a good fit for them before deciding to commit. The contract-to-hire process moves fairly quickly, and once a permanent position is accepted, the job seeker will move from our payroll to the employer.


1Somewhat similar to the contract-to-hire process, temp-to-perm is when an employer is looking for a temporary staff member with the hopes that they will make it as a full-time employee.

The time is seen as a trial period where the employee can prove their skills, all the while assessing whether they will feel comfortable working there full-time. During this time, they can get along with their employer and coworkers, and discover if the company’s projects are something they would be interested in working on over the long-term.

Long-term Temp

ID:83484227Medium and long-term temporary employment, typically from two months to one year, is used by employers during periods of unpredictable workloads, extra projects, seasonal peaks, or when the employer is unsure of their future needs.

It is an excellent time for job seekers to train and develop their skills, as well as to build up their portfolio. While either side is making no hiring commitments, both parties can agree at any time for a full-time position.


Finding a well-paying job in this competitive market is no easy task. By working with D. C. Powell and Associates, you will not only have the chance to further your skills, but you will also have the opportunity to screen various companies before making a long-term commitment.