RE: Thoughts on transitioning from one contract to another

Subject: RE: Thoughts on transitioning from one contract to another
From: "Al Geist" <al -at- geistarts -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:25:36 -0400

There maybe a couple of problems with simply giving notice to the
contracting agency and picking up a contract directly with the company you
are assigned to work (your former company). Does the contracting agency have
a "buy out" clause with the company your are assigned. If so, the company
that wants you to work for them directly (your former employer) has to "buy
out" the remaining portion of your contact. Another thing you have to figure
into the equation is if you do choose to contract with your former company,
they already let you go once......is there any reason to believe they won't
do it again?

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Mike Starr
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Subject: Re: Thoughts on transitioning from one contract to another

A bird in the hand is better than a bird in the bush. The idea of working
for both your current client and your former employer might be a good idea.
However, if your former employer makes you a good offer for full-time work
with appropriate benefits and work-at-home privileges, tell them you have to
give your staffing agency a minimum of two weeks notice.

Best Regards,

Mike
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On 9/27/2014 11:10 AM, Ed wrote:
> I would like to hear from fellow writers who have experienced a quick
> transition from one contract to the next as a new opportunity appeared.
>
> I may be at the tail end of a 3-month contract. I was placed by a well
> known body shop (Employer B) at a very good rate, and the hours are
> 2-3 days each week. I work from my office 1-2 days each week. The work
> supervisor (a project engineer) is a good manager. I have no
> complaints at all, and see this type of assignment as ideal. However,
> it is a project that is constrained by budget and time. I should be
> concerned with the project end, but I am not aggressively pursuing
> work, and letting my muse take charge, for a change. I have not received
an end date yet.
>
> For 10 years previous I was employed as a full time writer (Employer
> A). It was a very good job, but there is an economic cycle, and my
> number came due in January. Now, 9 months later, I am expecting a job
> offer to go back there, but as a temporary worker of Employer A. I don't
have specifics yet.
> But I expressed interest when asked.
>
> There are 2 questions in my mind, and I think fellow writers will
> bring the right perspective to this discussion.
>
> 1. If hourly rate for Employer A was X, would you ever accept less than X?
> I realize that a fair rate would be X + 25%, or more, but not
> expecting that kind of offer. Money has not been discussed at all.
>
> 2. Would you discuss this at all with Employer B, or the work supervisor?
> Or, just give 2 weeks notice if and when this becomes an issue.
>
> I believe all of this will play out in the next month. There are other
> aspects to consider, but I thought posting this now a good idea.
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
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Thoughts on transitioning from one contract to another: From: Ed
Re: Thoughts on transitioning from one contract to another: From: Mike Starr

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