- 6 years ago
I have been a at a 2 year contract job and is now out looking for another job. I am 27, without any kids or no rent to pay, just a few simple bills such as food and gas and phone, but have enough saved up. My ultimate goal is a permanent job. My last job was a 2 yr contract job was with a very reputable company but is outsourcing so there was no possible hiring during my contract position.
This new contract position is a 1-2 yr contract. No permanent hiring possible in the position as they are being outsourced as well. Position would be same entry level, with similar to what I was doing at old company, but with definitely learning experiences as well. There’s holiday pay after certain amount of hours worked as well as buying discounted group insurance with the recruiter company. I express my concern about taking it and the what if I find a permanent position dilemma to the recruiter. She said it’s fine, there’s an understanding that we definitely want the best for you and not to lose a chance on permanent if you’re presented with such offer, as long as I give them a fair notice ahead of time. But I still feel like it would damage my resume to take something so short and leave immediately even if it’s a big company. The recruiter is making me start Wednesday! So i have til tomorrow to say yes or no. So there’s no give me time to think about it.
Sounds fair right? But taking it, and leaving immediately, still would look bad on my own resume. But if I don’t take it, then I may had walked away from a great opportunity, while there are so many people out there having such a difficult time looking and landing a job offer. The downside to taking the offer is that I wouldn’t have as much time to focus on the job search and have as much time for interviews.
To add to the twist, I know I have a few other good possible leads. One was from a ex-manager, whom is the department head that gave me a heads up of a position opening soon as the person has retired. But I would have to talk to the hiring manager of the position, but she is hardly ever there and haven’t been responding. This would be a great opportunity as it would be a permanent position. (The ex-manager wouldn’t have mentioned it unless she seees it as a good possibility for me right!)
Another lead I have is with another recruiter that isn’t commission based so her paycheck is not depending on the sooner I start the sooner she’ll have a paycheck type of deal. This recruiter has been super attentive and knew that she wanted to find me something that I know I can advance in rather than just placing me in a entry level position without much growth. Most of this agency jobs are permanent. I see on their listing that if I really want to stick to the entry level job I do, they have a few permanent ones. Currently, they are working on getting me an interview with a company that’ll give me more challenge.
So the dilemma is:
Option A- Take the contract job offer and keep looking for the permanent positions
Option B- Decline the offer, to wait for the permanent positions