(Closed) Moving from a Permanent Role to 3 month contract

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

My Darling Husband did this.  While it worked out for him (his 3 month temp ended, but he got a new job a few weeks before the end of it), it doesn’t always work out that way…  I work for a company that does some staffing, and usually the positions we staff out for 3 months aren’t extended.  Obviously that’s not consistent from industry to industry, but I don’t personally see them extending very frequently in my line of work.

I’d personally be reluctant to take the position that’s shrouded in so much uncertainty, especially since it’s only a 3 month temp position.  My hesitation would come mainly from the idea of having a mortgage and wedding to save for.  I wouldn’t want to risk being unemployed.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

amazeying:  Could you float for a few months if things fall through? Until you found another job?  If you could, then I think it sounds like a great opportunity!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Maybe your current job offers a possibility of leave without pay for a few months? You could use that and work at that other job and then see. Of course, the reason for the leave should be personal or something like that (sometimes, those leave are only for health reasons or taking care of a sick loved one or enrolling in a course). In my case, I’m currently on a six month leave without pay for personal reasons (a trip to Europe and some other projects). I could be working elsewhere during that time I guess (i’m not). It could be an option!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

It’s a little risky, and I say this to you as a recruiter. I would never encourage someone to leave a perm position for a contract, especially one that short. Unless it’s contract to hire and you will survive if things fall through, contracts can be way too risky. Sometimes they bring you on, sometimes they extend you, and sometimes you work the contract and that’s it. I’d sit tight – the right opportunity will come.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I have had similar opportunities in my field but would never leave a perm position for a 3 month contract. Do you carry benefits for you and your DH? Because you wouldn’t have them in that contract position (or they may be available but cost a small fortune). Also, you typically don’t have much paid time off, if any. The salary is higher for a reason…there really aren’t many benefits.

Also, and I work in web development, colleagues of mine who have left for these types of roles end up in a cycle of short-term contract to short-term contract because the contracts aren’t extended and you’re stuck taking the next job that is readily available, not leaving yourself time to really search for something that is a good fit or career move.

If you feel like you’re stalling out with your current organization, I’d recommend looking for a perm position vs jumping into the short-term contract world.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I wouldn’t do it. It’s always risky to leave a permanent position for a temporary one. In this case because the term is so short the risks definitely outweigh the potential benefits. Three months is not much time to impress them into hiring you on full time and if the position isn’t extended I doubt you will really have gained much new experience. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

Earlier this year I took the plunge and full time role with a big multinational company for a contract role. They money wasn’t that much better but I needed a change.

Fast forward 9 months and I have no only been made permanent but am also in the ‘development pool’ and on the management track.

Sometimes it pays to take a risk.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

If you can get a personal leave for that three to six month period – I would say go for it! Don’t expect to be hired on more permanently (let it be a nice surprise if it happens) but if you can grab this opportunity to get a foot in the door in a field you want – carpe diem. I would try to ensure there isn’t going to be fallout if you take a leave, as well – but your current job doesn’t sound like it’s going anywhere you want to be.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

It’s not quite the same but I left a permanent customer service job for a 3 month temporary job which was a 2 and a half hour commute one way. Most of my wage went on to commuting but it was a development role for me. I was there for 18 months and twice they asked me to apply for a permanent role (the reason I didn’t apply was the cost and time of commuting). I left that job and took a job that was initially one month because I wanted out, my partner knew what I was doing and how unhappy I was -fortunately the contract was extended to 13 months whilst I was on the phone accepting the job. On the other hand, I’ve left an interview half way through for a job that would only extend my contract by a month – I think if you feel it’s the right job it can be a risk worth taking. I would say that sometimes when you get in the cycle of contracts, it can be hard to break that cycle. Good luck!

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