Clark Patterson
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Need Advise

Been looking around for various IT jobs since June. All that’s available is contract work so I took a job that just ended end of January. Of course I’ve been looking for better, more permanent solutions this whole time. Accepted a new contract that starts Monday the 17th but got called to do a final interview in software development on Wednesday. Already signed paperwork for the accepted job so don’t know what to do if the other company offers to pay potentially $10 more.

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Nicholas Leonard
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Hey Clark Patterson - let me say back to what I think the scenario is, and then give some advice.

You just accepted a contract position that isn't exactly what you want, but is better than nothing that starts on the 17th. At the same time, you're going into a final interview for a full-time position that you would be really excited to work for (potentially better comp & fulltime!). What should you do if you get the full-time offer?

My advice is to wait and see. If you get the full time position, there will probably be questions around "how soon can you start". You can answer this by letting them know that you'll need at least two weeks (to be respectful to your contract employment). If they want you to start sooner, then tell them that you'll speak to your contract employer about ending early.

The reason to give the contract gig two weeks is to not burn bridges, and you probably have the additional reason that you don't want to burn bridges with the company OR the staffing agency that helped you find the gig (if there was one). Two weeks should be an acceptable amount of time, and they should be understanding that you found a full time offer that compensates you much better.

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Lenin Pina
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Hey Clark Patterson , having multiple job offers is usually a good thing for job seekers but you are in somewhat of a unique situation.

At-Will employment or a temp work assignment would be a no brainer but contract employment is an entirely different relationship. By signing a contract you agree to the outlined terms of employment.

Did you review the contract for items related to termination? Take a look and check if there's an out option. If you don't find anything that states your ability to back out of the agreement in good standing then stick with that job.

It's always important to remain professional and maintaining a good reputation within a close knit IT industry will benefit you greatly down the road.

Contact the software developer employer and briefly explain your situation. No need to go into too much detail but do whatever you can to keep that door open in case you decide to go back in their direction when your contract ends.

Hey Clark Patterson , I wish you the best of luck with your decision. Please come back and let us know how this all worked out for you. Thanks!

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Tia Varner
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Good luck in hang in ther

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