When You’re Hired on Contract

You’ve been offered a job, but it’s a contract position.  While you’re relieved to be getting a paycheck, you can’t help wondering what will happen when the contract is up.  Will they extend it?  Will they hire you on full time?  Or will they tell you to move on?  Follow these tips to increase your chances of turning your contract into full time employment:

Exceed the employer’s expectations.  If you want the employer to extend your contract, give them a reason.  Let your manager see you working hard and surpassing your targets and they may determine that they can’t afford to let you go.

Ask about their plans for you.  There is no reason that you can’t ask your manager if they are planning to extend your contract.  They may not be able to give you a definite answer, but you might get some information and just by asking you are letting your manager know that you are interested in sticking around.

Make friends with your coworkers.   As a contract employee, it is particularly important for you to form strong connections with your colleagues.  If your manager sees that you fit in well with the team, they may decide to keep you instead of hiring someone else.

Ask for feedback.  When you ask for feedback you get information that can help you perform better in your job and you show your manager that you are serious about your career.

Although you are hoping that the employer will keep you around, the reality is that it’s out of your control.  Do your best but keep your options open by continuing with your job search.  That way if they decide not to extend your contract, you’ll be well on your way to finding something better.

(Written by: Karen Bivand)

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