Contract employment: when it’s time to move on

Contract ending

With up to 1 in 7 Australians working on a contract basis and there’s an increase in the number of organisations hiring employees on flexible fixed term contracts, it’s fair to say contract roles are here to stay.  From parental contracts to temp roles to project-based contracts, contract employment has become an integral part of the employment market with a growing number of job seekers willing to trade long-term job stability for employment flexibility, career progression and the opportunity for change.

When accepting a contract employment offer, it’s important to remember that employment contracts have a set end date. Unless you’re a seasoned contractor, navigating the last chapters of a contract role can be stressful and full of uncertainty. With bills to pay and a looming end date, it’s important to have a plan to assist you in finding your next employment opportunity. So we’ve put together a suggested 4 week guide to help you make a plan for your transition.

4 weeks

If you’re a CMG contractor, arrange a time to talk with your Chandler Macleod consultant to discuss your end date, you may also ask if there a contract extension or permanent position available. Depending on the organisation and your skills, it may be appropriate to ask if there are opportunities elsewhere in the organisations that you may be suitable for. If it is confirmed that you will be departing the organisation upon completion of your contract, discuss employment opportunities with your Chandler Macleod consultant and register your interest in upcoming roles.  If necessary, arrange a time to meet with your Manager and/or HR Department to discuss your contract end date and handover procedures.

This is also an appropriate time to ask your manager if they are comfortable being listed as an employment reference in your upcoming job applications.

Now is a good time to start updating your resume and send it through to your CMG consultant. And remember to update your LinkedIn profile and professional portfolio (if applicable) to ensure your recent work and newly acquired skills are represented.

Start looking at job advertisements in your local area to get a feel for the current job market, salary level and skills/experience required.

3 weeks

Start applying for relevant positions and be sure to let potential employers know your contract end date.

There’s also a passive job network circulating beneath the online job listings – so register with local industry recruiters to ensure that you are considered for new opportunities as they arise. Chandler Macleod expert recruitment consultants have specialised knowledge of the sector and have positions available across the country – get in touch today.

Talk to your colleagues, friends and professional network and let them know that you are looking for your next opportunity; they may be able help or offer advice.

Register for Job Alerts so you are notified of relevant newly listed roles immediately.

2 weeks

If you haven’t found a role yet, keep applying for relevant positions advertised online and on LinkedIn and check your local newspaper for job listings. Follow up with industry contacts and your Chandler Macleod recruitment consultant to let them know you are still interested in new opportunities and remind them of your availability date.

End date

Last days can be difficult, ensure your work is all completed by your last date and that any ongoing project requirements have been communicated to your colleagues. All employees should remember that your reputation among friends, colleagues and even strangers can be made or broken by how you say goodbye – in person and on social media.

Regardless of if you are resigning or your contract is ending, the way you leave a position impacts significantly on how you are remembered. Last impressions count and chances are you will be listing your current employer on your resume as a reference.

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