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Subject:RE: Hiring Publications Managers From:"Sean O'Donoghue-Hayes (EAA)" <Sean.O'Donoghue-Hayes -at- ericsson -dot- com -dot- au> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Mon, 4 Feb 2002 14:16:09 +1100
Looks like the touchpaper to the old "hiring a contractor for a permanent
role" debate has been started.
Whilst the contractors have strong grounds to feel discriminated against -
it is a double edged sword. Would a contractor hire for a short term
contract somewhere who had been working in the same position for 15 years in
a government department/service or a large company??
If hirers are going to be allowed to discard applicants on whether or not
they used tabs in a document, or the font-type of the month - then looking
at a resume and saying "changes job every few months, unexplained gaps,
we're after someone who will be stable, static and likely to stay at least a
year" becomes a valid argument.
Even if, as we all know, everyone is an individual and circumstances and
career desires can change.
Just my .5045 cents to the dollar
regards and thanks,
(having worked both sides of the street, and seen folks get rundown
>Ask the candidate questions if the job history makes you uncomfortable,
>but don't be so quick to jump to conclusions that something is wrong. Far
>from being some sort of stigma, a record like the one you describe could
>be the sign of a person who is highly successful and living exactly the
>way that they like.
This, of course, might be exactly why she shouldn't consider him. If you're
looking for a full-timer, then someone used to the life of a contractor who
chose to do it because they can take sabbaticals is probably ill-suited,
right now, to captive employment, regardless of how good they are at what
they do. As an aside, quite frankly, I think they should stick with
contracting and let the people who like captive employment get the
full-time positions. After all, contracting was a choice and the contractor
made more money last year because they were expected to use that money to
pad them for bad times, whereas the full-timer didn't.
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