It’s been a while since I updated you guys on the contract gig I’m working at so I figured I’d report on that and then ask ya’ll for your opinions.
It’s been slow going at the contract gig. I’ve been getting some training from a kid fresh out of college on some of the files I’ve been working on. Imagine that. He’s a really smart young man and I can tell he’s going to go far. He is a part of the management training program that the company has and he’s bilingual so that’s a added bonus. I’ve taken a lot of notes in order to be ready when I have to start taking over some of the workload that college kid currently does. I will be getting a start on that this week when he takes a few days of vacation and I have to fill in for him on some time sensitive assignments.
The guy I work for is also pretty nice, and I can tell that he’s glad I have a strong financial analysis background but since he’s brand new to the company himself, he’s been caught up in a lot of meetings and conference calls. He keeps apologizing for not being able to spend more time bringing me up to speed.
But, it’s all good. I’m getting paid a nice hourly rate to sit quietly, look at some spreadsheets, blog and twitter. And, I’m not complaining at all. I wanted to work and get some money back in the bank and I am doing so. About the only thing I don’t like is the fact that my cube sits right next to the copy machine and folks tend to congregate and talk very loudly right in this area. It’s VERY annoying.
As as such, since I’ve been back to work on a full time basis, of course you know my phone has been blowing up with recruiters. And I confess for the first time I don’t know really how to answer them when they ask me for my status/availability. I am working, true enough but it’s contract. I would really prefer a permanent role. I don’t want to eliminate myself from any possible opportunities just because I’m working right now to get some money in the door. I asked some of my twitter peeps and they said to say I’m on a contract role, some others say give the recruiter just the information that they asked for and don’t mention status at all.
So readers, what would you do in my type of situation? You are working but still on the job hunt on the low low. What are the best tips you have for me? Drop me some love into the comments.