Be the Boss Over Cancer

Hi, I've been interviewing for a staff position and I was pretty sure that I had the job. We spoke salary and benefits but no formal offer was made. Instead, I was asked to freelance for a few months...This is the second time this has happened to me. The first time, I did not go on to freelance. I'm beginning to wonder if this possibly has to do with me being a cancer survivor? I've been involved in many advocacy activities and spoken at conferences, so if you google me, you will find out. Am I being paranoid or do staff positions often turn into freelance opportunities? I am interested in the position but something doesn't feel right.

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  • Julie Jansen

    Julie Jansen on Dec 2, 2012

    Career Coach Comment:

    Hi Dee,

    I have a few reactions to your question. First, A 2012 Career Builder/Harris Interactive survey found that 36% of employers planned to hire contract or temporary workers in 2012 and research has shown that a large percentage of contract employees are hired full-time by the company. 

    One real and lasting symptom of the recent recession is that companies are much more wary of pulling the trigger and hiring employees. This is why they put employees through arduous interviewing processes with personality testing, background checks etc. 

    This said, if you have a feeling in your gut about something, it's always a good idea to pay attention to it. No doubt you have asked your prospective manager or HR why they shifted from wanting a full-time employee to a contract worker? Let's say that your having had cancer is something that influenced their decision, (and we won't ever know this for sure) there isn't a thing you can do about this. What you do have control over is your contributions, your attitude and work ethic if you work for this company, whether in a full-time position or temporary. So if the company, the job, the work and the people ring your chimes, I vote for agreeing to their terms for now. The good news about working in a contract role is that it's easier for you to move on if you decide that the situation isn't right for you long-term. Also, it's never a bad idea to add experience to your resume! Good luck!

    Take care,


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