War chest Almost Depleted and Getting Desperate War chest Almost Depleted and Getting Desperate - Page 5
Page 5 of 6 FirstFirst ... 3456 LastLast
Posts 41 to 50 of 60
  1. #41

    Super poster

    quackhandle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Bag End, The Shire, Middle Earth
    Posts
    2,303

    Default

    In all seriousness, the post by the OP should go in a sticky somewhere, for all that come on here thinking "I'll just give that contracting lark a try..."

    qh
    He had a negative bluety on a quackhandle and was quadraspazzed on a lifeglug.

  2. #42

    Godlike

    BR14's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Location
    Under your kitchen sink
    Posts
    5,974

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by oliverson View Post
    I AM a Yorkshireman!
    oh, well, we can't all be perfect,- just try to rise above it
    Entropy is NOT what it used to be.
    Inertia, however........................

  3. #43

    Still gathering requirements...


    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Posts
    20

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by quackhandle View Post
    In all seriousness, the post by the OP should go in a sticky somewhere, for all that come on here thinking "I'll just give that contracting lark a try..."

    qh
    Never a truer word spoken....

  4. #44

    Still gathering requirements...


    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Posts
    20

    Default

    Update... still no progress. I've resorted to applying for really low paid contracts i.e c£100+ a day and not even getting a sniff of a phone call or interview there! Granted they've not been directly in my field but they're not looking for specialist experience.

    Has anyone who has been in my position taken a permanent job temporarily, and how long did you stay before securing a gig again? How did you deal with the whole 1 month's notice thing, given that with most contracts they want you to start within a week or two? I'm just thinking about how to deal with the likely questions by interviewing hiring managers, maybe not convinced that me going for the job would be nothing more than filling a stop gap. Then maybe a couple of months (or less!) down the line jumping ship when a gig comes up and really p****ng everyone off.

  5. #45

    Fingers like lightning


    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    702

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Tractor Trace View Post
    Update... still no progress. I've resorted to applying for really low paid contracts i.e c£100+ a day and not even getting a sniff of a phone call or interview there! Granted they've not been directly in my field but they're not looking for specialist experience.

    Has anyone who has been in my position taken a permanent job temporarily, and how long did you stay before securing a gig again? How did you deal with the whole 1 month's notice thing, given that with most contracts they want you to start within a week or two? I'm just thinking about how to deal with the likely questions by interviewing hiring managers, maybe not convinced that me going for the job would be nothing more than filling a stop gap. Then maybe a couple of months (or less!) down the line jumping ship when a gig comes up and really p****ng everyone off.
    Applying for low paid contracts will not usually work as they want specific experience & as you said many will sniff its a stop gap role for you so avoid you as a viable candidate. If you take a perm role (if you can even get one that is) make sure you stay at least a year otherwise once again it will show on your CV its a stop gap role. Contracting is very hard nowadays unless you have an in demand niche skillset.

  6. #46

    Super poster


    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    3,890

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Tractor Trace View Post
    Update... still no progress. I've resorted to applying for really low paid contracts i.e c£100+ a day and not even getting a sniff of a phone call or interview there! Granted they've not been directly in my field but they're not looking for specialist experience.

    Has anyone who has been in my position taken a permanent job temporarily, and how long did you stay before securing a gig again? How did you deal with the whole 1 month's notice thing, given that with most contracts they want you to start within a week or two? I'm just thinking about how to deal with the likely questions by interviewing hiring managers, maybe not convinced that me going for the job would be nothing more than filling a stop gap. Then maybe a couple of months (or less!) down the line jumping ship when a gig comes up and really p****ng everyone off.
    Depends what you mean by temporarily.

    It might be the case you should get a permie role, and stick with it for a few years to both build up your war chest, and potentially re-train/move sideways into something, or even just plain get a bunch more experience (how many years have you been in the industry, and doing your current job role that you are targeting for contracts?)

  7. #47

    Super poster

    Lance's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    home
    Posts
    3,603

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Tractor Trace View Post
    Update... still no progress. I've resorted to applying for really low paid contracts i.e c£100+ a day and not even getting a sniff of a phone call or interview there! Granted they've not been directly in my field but they're not looking for specialist experience.
    Dropping your price, to get a role you're not experienced for, is not a good strategy.
    At least put your price up for roles you can't do. If you're gonna wing it, then wing it like a pro.

    If I was an agent I would smell desperation. An agent wants the best return, for the least amount of effort, for the longest perios of time. You clearly aren't appearing as that otherwise you'd be in a role by now.

    Go perm is the best I can suggest.
    As for your CV. Rewrite it for permieland. Use your LTD as the employer (and hope the agent doesn't notice).
    If a client notices at interview (they may well do), tell them you've had enough of contracting and want to settle down. You can't cope with the cowboy nature, yadda yadda blah blah blah I really want this job... yadda.

    The thing that makes employers nervous about taking contractors on as perms is that they're just filling in a gap. Which you are trying to do, but being blunt, you don't sound like you are cut out for it. Dropping your price to £100 a day is NOT the action of a businessman. Harsh maybe, but that's my take.
    See You Next Tuesday

  8. #48

    Fingers like lightning


    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Posts
    941

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Tractor Trace View Post
    Update... still no progress. I've resorted to applying for really low paid contracts i.e c£100+ a day and not even getting a sniff of a phone call or interview there! Granted they've not been directly in my field but they're not looking for specialist experience.

    Has anyone who has been in my position taken a permanent job temporarily, and how long did you stay before securing a gig again? How did you deal with the whole 1 month's notice thing, given that with most contracts they want you to start within a week or two? I'm just thinking about how to deal with the likely questions by interviewing hiring managers, maybe not convinced that me going for the job would be nothing more than filling a stop gap. Then maybe a couple of months (or less!) down the line jumping ship when a gig comes up and really p****ng everyone off.

    I was in this situation in 2003 when I first started contracting.

    Completely ran out of money. I put ads in the local rags and shop windows advertising myself for landscaping work and rented out a room in my house. Did this for about 3 months - damage limitation really to avoid maxing out the credit cards. Then I eventually got a crap 30k permie job miles away from home which I stuck with for just under 3 months until a contract came along. ISTR I was on a 3 month probationary & I had an easy get out clause so no real issues with notice periods.

    Good luck OP.

  9. #49

    Some things in Moderation

    cojak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Look to your right...
    Posts
    19,077

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Tractor Trace View Post
    Never a truer word spoken....
    Done (but more in sadness TT).

    Hope it works out for you.

  10. #50

    TykeLike

    SimonMac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    God's Own Republic Of Yorkshire
    Posts
    22,937

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by cojak View Post
    Done (but more in sadness TT).

    Hope it works out for you.
    OT but it might be an idea cleaning up the stickies in Business/Contracts as there is now 8

    Lose the Germany one (not been updated in over a year), move the PS one to one of the sub forums in L&A and is the survey one still relevant?
    “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

    ― Marcus Aurelius

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •