Post # 1
So I was laid off a few weeks ago and I’m not desperate for a job yet, but I recently interviewed at a really cool new company that I think would be great to work for BUT they don’t have the money to hire me full time into a salaried position right now, so they want to hire me at a lower hourly contract level for about three months and then convert me…
The problem I’m having is that the hourly job would be barely more than unemployment is currently paying me (less than a third of what I was making), especially with it being contract and no benefits, but there is potential for something great… I guess a big part of it is that I’m not desperate for a job, and I’m almost insulted because it feels like I’d be put on probation or something…
Any thoughts?? Am I just being emotional about it and shouldn’t take it as an insult? Also, I have applied a bunch of other places but haven’t heard back yet so I’m afraid if I let this one go nothing else will come up…
Post # 3
I think it can be a great way to get in – that’s how I got my current job – but i’ve also seen contract employees get taken advantage of a LOT. Like, they hire you for three months, tell you that they want to convert you to permanent, but really just continue re-upping your contract and stringing you along so that they don’t have to pay you benefits. I work in the pharma science industry, and i’ve seen it a lot. I was lucky – I really did get a permanent position after 4 months – but just go in with your eyes open and pay attention to how they are playing the game. Be ready to jump ship if they are stringing you along!
Post # 4
Based on years of experience, I totally agree with @crayfish. I’ve had great experiences with it and I had horrible experiences. It was a better economy when I was doing it (living in the Bay Area helped a lot). Its worth it to take the chance but be ready to run if you need to.
Post # 5
I don’t see how it’s an insult to say they want you but can’t afford you full time for a few months?
I would absolutely take this, for a few reasons. A) Great career opportunities don’t come along very often, and I wish I had, back in the earlier stages of my career taken a few more risks like this in order to get into something I loved or that was an awesome opportunity. B) if it makes barely more than unemployment, you are still making more than UE! C) No one said you couldn’t continue to look for other jobs while you work part time for this company. Maybe you’ll find something else in the mean time. Not to mention, they always say it’s easier to find work when you are employed than not.
This may be the best thing that ever happened to you, or it may go nowhere. But while you are unemployed, and have nothing to lose, you should take that chance.
Post # 6
@crayfish: +1. It’s also really hard to interview for a better role when you’re working in a new (not so great) role.
Post # 7
… if you’re not desperate- can you ask to have the guarentee written into your contract? If they can’t gaurentee AND you’re not desperate, then don’t do it.
Post # 8
@crayfish: @CARA1978: I guess what I’m worried about is that I don’t think I could jump ship and find something else with a temp position on my resume… Going from a senior level position to a temp one that didn’t turn into anything can’t look good….
@MsJ2theZ: I think I would keep looking if I accept the temp position, but it won’t be part time, so that might complicate interviews….
@MrsPanda99: Yeah, exactly…
@vmec: I actually asked that but was told “nothing is guaranteed and it’s always based on performance” which really sounded to me like “we can come up with bs reasons to keep you as a temp”
I’ve never been laid off before so I vacillate between feeling like I’ll never get a good job again and insulted by this offer haha… What really sucks is that no one in my family / close friend circle has ever been laid off either so they don’t have any advice…
Post # 9
then I would not take it.
Post # 10
In that case I wouldn’t take it.
Post # 11
@lazybee123: A gap in employment doesn’t look good on a resume either though. I would take it (and certainly not be insulted). You can always explain to any future potential employer why you took a lower level job – great company, opportunity, expand skills, etc.
Post # 12
@lazybee123: 5 years ago i was looking for a new job and took a $10,000 pay cut to get a government job. despite everything that is going on now, i’m very happy i took the job.
at the time, i also interviewed for another job that would pay $10,000 more with a nice signing bonus but they were in the process of being bought out and i wasn’t sure the stability of the company.
Post # 13
i would take it and continue to look for something else. if something else comes along, it’s leverage for them to commit to you. if they can’t, move on to the better offer. If no better offer comes along, well you’ll be glad you took this one! haha! 🙂 😉
Post # 14
Minor update: I went in for a second interview today and told them my reservations and they said that they could work on the title and that they think the hourly part would only be for a month to six weeks… I’m so conflicted……
Post # 15
@lazybee123: If you think there is really potientail for something great, I’d go for it. Wheen it comes to career decisions, you have to have a logner term view.
See if you can bargain for any sort of equity stake to compensate you for the risk you take on.
Post # 16
I took a job for less after being laid off….and I regretted it later. It was hard knowing they had gotten me for a huge paycut, that ultimately I left after finding a better job. Your best time to negotiate salary is when being hired, so unless you get in writing that they can offer you a better paying job later, and you don’t need to work…I’d wait for something you really want.