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CAREER TIP – Should You Accept a 3 or 6 Month Contract Position?

Hello everyone and happy new year!  For this post I wanted to take a moment to share my career tip and advice on whether or not your should accept a 3 month or 6 month contract position. So, let’s get right into it.

contractI recently had a conversation with someone about the type of jobs out there and specifically the ones that are either 3 months or 6 months in length. I get lots of emails from recruiters on a regular bases  who send me job descriptions that are a good fit. However, when I get to the end of the description, I get hit with …it’s only 3 months or 6 months.

Depending upon your situation, your career goals and other objectives you should really evaluate whether or not it will be worth your while to accept a very short-term position. Here are two major some considerations.

In my opinion, if you are in monetary constraints, you may consider taking the job. Just know that you will be right back looking for a job again. Therefore, my advice is to continue looking for permanent positions and interviewing while you are working the 3 months; even if they promise you a extended or permanent position. You never know if the company decides to follow-through or not. If you happen to land a 6 month job this will give you more time in your job search. So, don’t let up!.

Second, I would only accept a short temporary position only if it led me to the next step in my career goal. For example if I need some experience in Accounting, I will take the job and get as much out of it then find another job with the same position (title and pay even) to continue your experience.

Third, make sure your job experience is consistent throughout. What you don’t want is your resume to look like you are job hopping.  This is just my career practice, so you can make a decision on how you want to handle this here.

Whatever your decision, make sure you are getting something out of the position in the least amount of time. After all it is a very short period of time and you need this opportunity to have a positive impact on your career path.

I hope you enjoy these little quick tips. If you have any topic that you would love for me to discuss, please email me at a.alston@alstntec.com

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