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By Russo91 ·
Hi All,

I'm in a technology-rich area of the country. I'm also considering putting myself back on the market (having studied the summer to get my MCSE and CCNA certs).

There's a good chance that I will move away from the area in the next year(family reasons). Should I keep that fact to myself and go for a full-time permanent position, or take a year as a contract consultant through a placement company? What the Pros and Cons of each? My wife is worried that I'd end up on 'the bench' but I don't see that happening here.

Thanks for your thoughts!
-Russo91

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by teauteau In reply to Job Search Quandry: Cont ...

I was surprised to see the negativity regarding contract work in the previous answers. I can only conclude it is a result of misinformation or lack of information.

While a permanant position could be a solution, it is not true that contract isunreliable or only short term. As a technical recruiter, I have people who have been working on a contract basis for more than five years with the same company. Their skills and incomes have grown with time.

The advantage to the company hiring long tarm contractors is that our company takes care of all the risk management, ie: unemployment compensation, workers compensation, health benefits, 401k, holiday, and vacation pay, as well as the training needed to grow and progress in their career.

Many contracting firms have all these benefits and more. Gone are the days of professionals working as temps with no benefits or security. If a contracting firm you work with operates like that, it is wise to find another.

In the end, the better placement firms place both direct placement (permanant positions) and contract positions (both long and short term). There isn't much difference between a permanant position or a contract position with them because full benefits are often available, as well as many positions that focus on long term contract work.

Take the best paying, and best possibility of career development, position, whether contract or direct placement. Just be sure it's with a strong and stable company.

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by ftleejerry In reply to Job Search Quandry: Cont ...

Over the course of the last decade the idea of a permanent "job" has eroded. As far as tenure with a company is concerned, there really is very little difference between being a per-diem (contractor) employee or being a per-annum (permanent) employee. Therefore, the choice you have to make should be based on which among your current opportunities is best for you right now. Which opportunity will provide you with the skills you will need a year from now when you have moved to that new communityand are, again, looking for work opportunities? What skills do you want on your resume for that recruiter, a year from now, to see?
The workplace has changed. Careers are no longer tied to one or two specific companies over the course of a lifetime, so don't be concerned with the prospect of spending only a year with a given company.
Unlike in earlier decades, a company should not expect, not should it assume, that the worker will be there for any long period of time. Likewise, unlikein earlier decades, the worker should not assume, nor should he or she plan on being with the company for any long period of time. This is, indeed, a radical departure from the way things have been for a long time. It goes against much of what, in an earlier era, business implicitly stood for. Yet this is the nature of any paradigm shift. Much of what we were taught has changed and now we must rethink our premises and rethink our plans.
So pick the "job" that will best give you the skills and resume "buzzwords" that you will need a year from now when you are in a new town looking for a new position . . . then make sure that the new position you take, a year from now, provides the skills and "buzzwords" you will need 2 or 3 years further down the line, when you are looking again.

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by BV2 In reply to Job Search Quandry: Cont ...

Go for full-time permanent. The market is such that many businesses are offereing instant vestment in stock options, retirement, matching funds, etc. You can easily transfer those things to another company, should the need to move arise. However,if you decide to go consultant, do it yourself - Touting your own business when looking for employment is generally more effective than placement company employment, often viewed as temp work, which leads a perspective employer to wonder why you can't hold a job, although it was entirely out of your hands...

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by kellyr64 In reply to Job Search Quandry: Cont ...

Having worked in both type of situations may I offer the following - Doing contract type work over the next year (be it one 12 mo stint or two six month positions) will provide you with 1) possibly broader knowledge base (different needs in different places) 2) more money 3) a break from the grind 4) more contacts for networking. Also, you can better plan on where you want to go and be placed in that type of a category. Good Luck!

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by ccrain In reply to Job Search Quandry: Cont ...

I read all the answers that were posted priot to my adding anything to the information pot. I have worked as a consultant and a permanent employee so I agree with many of the things said in reagard to the pros and cons for either. My only additional comment would be to find out what types of companies are in the area youare planning to move to within the next 12-18 months and find employment that will enhance you ability to secure a good position. If you know for certain the move is going to happen and when, I would starting interviewing in that area before the move. You might even find a company that is willing to pay for the move
Good Luck!!

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