Direct Hire agreements are when VanderHouwen recruits a candidate that you hire on to your staff as part of your company.
Contract Hires are ideal for organizations looking to hire staff for short-term projects, specialized expertise, or to cover employee absence. Contract personnel are hired by VanderHouwen as VH W2 employees but managed by you while they work on your project.
Contract-to-Hire is similar to hiring a contract resource, but with the option of hiring the person on to your team as an FTE (full time employee) at a later date. This provides the opportunity to evaluate how the candidates’ skills and abilities add value to your team as you determine if there’s potential to add the person to your full-time staff.
• A retained-search fee option, VanderHouwen’s Executive Search focuses on recruiting the top Director, VP and C-Suite level leaders ready to take your company to the next level.
Consulting Services: Short to long term project needs, we find the best talent to complete your business goals.

Consulting Positions include: Agile Coaches, Scrum Master, Change Manager, Strategy Manager, Business Consultant, Program Manager, Technical Product Manager, Business Product Manager, Data Visualization Engineer, Business Analysts, and Data Analyst.

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Yes, we offer a wide range of pre-employment screenings that can be customized to your needs including criminal background checks, drug screening, degree verification, and job-appropriate credit checks and health screenings.

VanderHouwen delivers professional and personalized recruiting solutions for your Information Technology, Accounting & Finance, and Engineering needs, including Contract, Contract-To-Hire, Direct Hire Searches, and Executive Searches.


Contract – Where a contractor or consultant works for a staffing firm on a W-2 basis under the direction of the client company for a predetermined amount of time. The staffing agency pays the contract worker an hourly amount and in some cases provides benefits. The client company can cancel the contract at any time and the employee can quit the job at any time (although notice is preferred).


Contract-To-Hire – Position starts as a contract and transitions to a full-time, permanent job after a set period of time. This allows the contractor and client company to ensure a good match before committing to full-time employment.  Contract to hire agreements typically have a set length of time the contractor will work as a W2 employee for the staffing agency before transitioning to permanent employment with the client company.


Direct Hire – When a staffing agency provides a candidate for permanent, long-term employment to a client company,  inclusive of all client company benefits. The staffing agency typically coordinates the recruiting/hiring process for the candidate and client but the candidate will report directly to the client company upon hire. The client company pays the staffing agency a “placement fee” upon the successful hire of the candidate.


Executive Search – VanderHouwen’s executive search service provides companies seeking new leadership with C-suite and Director-level candidates. Our account management team’s diverse portfolio of companies served allows us to foster relationships with industry leaders who not only rely on our partnership to build out their teams, but also leverage our industry connections when the time comes for their next career move. VanderHouwen places CFOs, CIOs, CTOs, and Director-level roles across technical, engineering, and financial management fields.

Our screenings include a thorough examination of a candidate’s resume, and a series of interviews to assess qualifications, desired company environment and fit for your team. For contract and contract-to-hire roles, VanderHouwen will conduct background and credit checks, degree, and license verification as well as drug screenings per each client’s requirements.

In the event your company or any of its subsidiaries, divisions, partners or affiliates is interested in hiring a VanderHouwen contract employee full-time, please notify your VanderHouwen Account Manager. The conversion will be free of charge provided a work-hours minimum is met. A separation fee will be charged if you would like to convert the employee sooner than the work-hours minimum.

VanderHouwen sources candidates nationally, expanding our network to markets across the country.

Finding skilled candidates for a project is a common challenge for organizations. VanderHouwen offers contract recruitment, which is an excellent solution for businesses looking to hire talent for shorter term projects.

Costs can vary depending on several factors (volume of open positions, level of recruitment difficulty for specialized skill sets, direct hire fees vs. contract/hourly fees, etc.). We offer highly reputable recruiting services for a competitive price. Contact an Account Manager to learn more.

Our process includes leveraging our extensive network of both candidates that are actively looking for new employment, and those who aren’t currently in the market but could be enticed to consider a great opportunity. Our recruiters develop relationships with prospects that allow us to be the first to know when they’re considering making a change, including those who may be engaged with a limited duration project that may be nearing completion. With every candidate, we conduct an in-depth interview as part of our vetting process to ensure that we present the candidates that are the best fit for your organization.

Yes. VanderHouwen is typically recruiting for over 150+ different positions on any given day. We are a preferred vendor for several large companies with multiple openings – both contract and direct hire – relying on the scale and expertise of our recruiting team.

While every client and position are unique, and each search requires a tailored sourcing approach, VanderHouwen understands that time to market is critical. For immediate projects, we often present qualified candidates within 24 hours. For targeted searches for high-demand skill sets, our goal is to provide candidates within 3-5 days.

Call our office! Our team is ready to speak with you. Visit our Contact Us page and fill out our contact form. We’ll reach out and set up a call to discuss your hiring needs.

We offer contingent staffing services for your temporary staffing needs, as well as direct placement services for your full- and part-time openings.

Our Recruiters invest time to get to know our candidates as professionals and as people. They meet with candidates in person or virtually to best understand their skills and personality. This helps our team successfully match the right talent with your opportunity. Contact an Account Manager to learn more>.

Sure! However, our firm can offer a deep reach into the candidate availability market for which your in-house staff may not have the time. Because we specialize in recruitment delivery we can partner with you and your in-house team to build an effective strategy to fill your jobs with great people. Additionally, we have an extensive network of professionals we’ve developed through 30 years of business.

Yes, we offer benefits to our W2 contractors including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability options, and a matching 401k, should they meet the eligibility requirements and choose to enroll.

Yes! If you have located a candidate on your own for a temporary project, we can manage the payroll process while they are on assignment.

We would be happy to help you! Contact an Account Manager or call our office.

Once a VanderHouwen contract employee is placed in your location, you are primarily responsible for the day-to-day supervision and the accuracy and quality of their work. Our team will conduct periodic performance checks with you or the department supervisor, whichever is preferred. If at any time you are not satisfied with the contract employee’s overall performance, please let us know immediately. We’ll partner with you to remedy the situation through counseling our employee, or securing a replacement if applicable.

Job Seekers

Our clients hire us to fill a variety of positions at their locations including contract (temporary), contract-to-hire, and direct hire (permanent). Check out all of our jobs here

Assignment lengths can vary and are completely dependent on what our clients need at the time. Some of our contracts are long-term and can last as long as a few years. Ask our Recruiting Team for more information on specific positions.

Absolutely! Working with a VanderHouwen Recruiter can lead to permanent employment, and the potential for securing a permanent position is a major reason people seek temporary work. Take a look at our jobs, or contact a Recruiter.

Contract (temporary) positions offer several benefits including the opportunity to enhance or maintain skills, build professional relationships to expand your network, increase diversity of work experience, and offer flexibility to take a break between assignments if desired.

You can either apply for an open opportunity listed on our job board, or you can submit your resume for general consideration. We recommend a .docx file for optimal upload but can accept .pdf as well.

Our Recruiters evaluate the qualifications of candidates regardless of proximity to the job site to determine the best fit for the client. Check out our relocation resources for Pacific Northwest.

Yes, we offer benefits to our W2 contractors including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability options, and a matching 401k, should they meet the eligibility requirements and choose to enroll.

VanderHouwen is your employer of record. We will manage your payroll, social security, state and federal unemployment taxes, employment records, W2s, and HR needs. Should you need anything related to your employment with us, please contact HR@vanderhouwen.com.

No, you do not have to pay any fees to work with our Recruiters. All fees are paid by our clients.

You can connect with a Recruiter in several ways. You can: apply for a job on our website, send us your resume, email or call a Recruiter, or call our office to learn more.