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Should I apply for another job since I've been a temp for a year?

Asked by chelle21689 (7405points) November 9th, 2015 from iPhone

So I’ve been a temp for officially a year and a week now with no sign of being hired. My and my other coworker was brought on at the same time and each time we feel like we are being strung along with one excuse after another. I had a $1.50 raise in a year but I think only to keep us interested without having to pay for our benefits. I mean, if he doesn’t answer us and seems to not have any indication of hiring us in the future I want out. There’s no where to grow anyways.

I need insurance… I just don’t wanna look like a job hopper. I’ve been at my previous job 7–8 months and was laid off and then I found this job I’ve been at for only a year. I’m willing to not make more than I do now at this point for benefits.

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chyna's avatar

I would go ahead and start looking now. It always seems easier to find a job when you have a job. You also can be a little more picky since you won’t be desperate to get just any job. In the meantime, if you could talk to the boss and ask what his future plans for your full time employment are so you would have some idea where you stand. It would not be unreasonable for you to do so. But I wouldn’t give him an ultimatum. Don’t even tell him you are looking elsewhere. You may find yourself without a job.

chelle21689's avatar

@chyna if employers ask me the reason I’m leaving should I leave out that I’m looking for a permanent company to grow with? I was thinking that and also the cliche answer of more opportunity to utilize my skills in HR and not just soley recruiting.

I found I want to stay away from recruiting…you can have 10 openings and on boarding 20–30 people and like 5 show because people suck and then you can still get the blame…lol

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I’d look for something else. It’s always easier to find a job, when you’re in a job (I wrote this before reading @chyna‘s response!). Are you looking for a company where you have a long-term future? I don’t think that’s a bad thing. You do want to have a career, and this company hasn’t committed to you or the other people in temporary employment situations by giving any of you permanent jobs yet. As such, you’re looking for another opportunity with an organisation where there is a mutual commitment.

Good luck with your search.

chyna's avatar

“The position I’m currently in is temporary and I am looking for a full time position with room to grow.”
Although it seems like a pat answer, in your case it is very true.

marinelife's avatar

A year looks stable enough. Keep working there while you are interviewing. Tell people that you are looking for a full-time, permanent position

msh's avatar

Please include in new job interview/ resume how this current position has gained you skills to apply towards a more permanent position with this new company. Emphasize how you enjoyed work, and learned new skills to apply…
( taught job skils/ resume )
Good luck!

filmfann's avatar

AT&T hired a lot of “term” employees, with the understanding that they would work for 4 years. They ended up working 7 years, and then one day, out of the blue, they were all released. They were all super pissed!
If you want permanent employment, tell your current employer, and if they don’t hire you immediately, begin looking elsewhere.

chyna's avatar

^Kroger, a supermarket in my area did the same thing.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Screw the notion that you might appear to some employer as a “job hopper”. This is a question of your self worth. The fact that “he” (whoever that is) gave you (what I must guess is) a raise of 1.50 an hour counts for something, but you should be looking regardless for a job with benefits.

chelle21689's avatar

Do any of you guys remember my last job how it was so toxic and I felt like I was being bullied by a manager to the point where I’m crying often in my office? I am still kind of traumatized by that work environment how upper management could be so snobby and power hungry to even say anything if you don’t look or say something to them correctly. I fear of being in that work environment again, in your experience what are some red flags? I remember having high hopes for the place and everyone was friendly but truly everyone was fake. My self worth at my last job depleted and made me feel worthless.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

@chelle21689, I’ll think about flags, but what I do want to say is the interview process is a two-way street. You can ask about the work culture. What do you do to build a team culture and collegiality in your workplace? What opportunities are there for mentorship? If the responses you get are clearly contemptuous of such ideas, you probably don’t want to work there. So think about what you need from your workplace, and frame some questions (share there here if you want feedback on how they might be received) and have them ready for interviews.

I’ll think on the other question you asked. I’ve worked in toxic environments, how to spot them is a difficult question. I’ll think on it though.

chelle21689's avatar

Thanks. I’m keeping an eye out but so far nothing that makes me really drawn to apply.

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