The majority of IT opportunities staffing agencies run into today are contract to hire roles. Typically consultants are converted to full time employees around 6-9 months.
How can you make sure you land that full time gig?
- Interview honestly. During the interview process be sure to let the hiring manager know that you are interested in full time employment and ask when they expect to convert. Contractors tend to stay contractors. They may not know that you are even eager to convert. During the interview be sure to also let them know why you are interested in this opportunity long term, what drew you to the company and that you see yourself invested.
- Exceed the need. As a consultant you should already be outperforming the full time employees. Prove to them that they require your work and get noticed.
- Be a team player. Many times I have had contractors tell me that they don’t feel part of the team because they are a consultant. Invite everyone to an off-site lunch or invite them to a user group meeting. A lot of times these employees have worked together long enough to be comfortable in their small group.
- Don’t be afraid to ask. When you are getting close to the end of your contract, reach out to your hiring manager to see if you are still on target to convert. It never hurts to ask and see where you are in the process.
- Be prepared to negotiate. Usually at this point their internal HR will begin the negotiation process. Know the market value of your skills for a full time opportunity. Contract rates are typically higher than full time roles…are you prepared to accept?
What are some additional steps that took place when you were in a contract to hire opportunity?