Full time job to...no time job?
March 29, 2010 8:21 AM Subscribe
Third job interview - now I have to write a proposal...now what?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (7 answers total)
Confused about a potential job situation I've found myself in. I emailed the CEO in response to a job ad for a full time marketing person. My email was strong enough to get me an in-person interview, which went very well a few weeks ago and ended with him saying 'I have some concerns about your experience, but I'm interested - let's at least find some way to some work together'. The CEO goes away on a biz trip for a week, and I get another in person meeting with him after that, at the end of which he mentions, 'we'll meet next week - draw me up a proposal which we can work on in person when we meet next week". Apparently I'm to meet with the CEO and the existing marketing person whose contract is ending in a few weeks. Yes, that kind of sounds awkward, doesn't it - "let's meet with the person you're replacing..."
My question is, how do I draw up a *proposal* for a 3 month contract? It's obviously less secure than 'here, let's have you start full time with three months probation". I've never even heard of a proposal for employment - either you have the money to hire someone or not, no? I've only heard of companies issuing a RFP which I understand how to respond to, but this is a small company. Having to do a proposal to convince somebody to hire me - isn't the idea they draw up the contract? I'm not understanding why I even have to work on writing up a proposal for a 3 month contract, when I responded for a full time position for work. I'm tempted to email him and ask, 'what would you like in your proposal?' but don't want to damage my chances by sounding dense. I don't want to sound like I'm not paying attention, but don't really have enough information to go on to form a contract - do I just go in with a basic one and lots of 'TBD's all over the place? If someone goes from posting an ad for a full time job to it suddenly morphing into a contract job, is that a good sign?
Does any of this raise any alarms with people - does a company just keep on hiring contractors to fill something important? Would you deal with a company like that? Or does it just sound like they're using terms they don't understand, and just try and keep open minded about the whole thing? The practice of using multiple contractors and meeting with the previous consultant - a lot of this all sets off some alarm bells. Am I just being too sensitive here?