I came across your website and decided to write in.
I am a middle age accounting and finance professional with more than 10 years of experience.
I am facing problem whereby my job history is not very good.
The average period I stay for each of my permanent role is 2 years plus and usually its less than 3 years.
Except for my first job where I stay much longer, but that is not directly related to accounting and finance field.
I have valid reasons that are not by my choice such as company restructuring and poor job fit. There were also reasons for career
Matters got worse when one of the perm role I got into was a poor job fit and the working environment was toxic. So I left the role in 6
months as I was informed that I will not be confirmed.
Thereafter, I could not find a perm role and 6 months later, I took up a contract role with a MNC as I do not want to waste any more time, and subsequently another contract role with another MNC.
Both roles were with well-known companies, mid-senior level, complement well with my previous experience and provide very good exposure.
The only drawback is that each of these contract role lasted for less than 1 year each even after contract renewal.
Whilst working on contract, I continue to seek permanent roles both within the MNCs as well as externally but with no luck.
Now that my contract role had ended, I find that I am being ostracised by employers and head hunters while seeking for a permanent role due mainly to my job history, even though my salary and skill sets meet or even exceed their expectations.
Some of the head hunters and recruiters propose only contract roles to me even though they have permanent opportunities on hand.
A strong wake-up call came for me when a head hunter suggested that my career is over which is my worst fear. I am not very old – less than 40 years and have at least more than 10 to 15 years of working life left.
I feel lost and my future unknown with a big question mark. I do not want to be working on short-term contract roles for the rest of my
life. Even if I am willing, there will come a time where this will not work out.
Should I take a chance with another contract role and hope a long term role might come out of it? This will risk further jeopardising my poor job history that I am trying to fix.
A recruiter suggested to me that I should not take up another contract role any more.
Given the job market slowdown now, employers are picky over permanent hires and I feel that this is also true for contract hires now.
I am not sure how long it will take for me to find a perm role. If it is even going to come at all…
Is it worth the risk to tweak and stretch the employment year of one of my earlier job experience to limit the damage on my resume?
Thank you for reading my long letter.
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