Following up on this question
. I am currently consulting, and I really like the consultancy I'm working for - they're very responsive to my needs. It's unclear whether my current contract (which ends in early January) will be renewed due to the client's budget situation. For personal reasons, I really want to work in the city I'm living in instead of travelling, so I asked my consultancy to focus on positions in that city when trying to place me. So far, they have't found anything. Complicating the issue is the fact that there are only 3 organizations (all hospitals) in my city that might need the kind of work I do, and only 1 of them is likely to have any positions.
I did some searching on my own, and found a low-level managerial position that I'm interested in at the hospital that is likely to have jobs. But I think it would be better if I applied to them directly for a full-time position. First, I have not managed before, so I would be growing into the position instead of coming in as an expert. Second, since it's management and it's posted as a full-time job, I don't know that they are actually interested in bringing in a consultant to fill it.
But I don't want to burn bridges in this process. I like my consultancy, I can see myself using them as a reference later on, and I would like to be able to work for them again - it's likely that I'll move again sometime in the next 5-10 years and I would like to be able to get a contract through them while I seek a full-time position after that move. So I'm worried that if I get this full-time position while the consultancy is trying to place me, they'll feel blindsided, feel that I'm disloyal, and won't want to work with me again.
So here are the questions:
Do I need to tell the consultancy that I'm looking for other jobs as well? Or is that just a given for a contractor?
Do I need to tell the consultancy about this managerial job in particular, and possibly give them a chance to present me as a consultant for that position before I apply directly? I'm worried that the organization will find it odd or off-putting if I'm presented as a consultant for that position, and then apply for fully-time employment for the same position if the consulting thing doesn't work out, so I'm worried that I'll lose my shot at applying through the regular channel if I give the consultancy the first shot.
Finally, am I correct in my assumption that I'm more like to be considered for that managerial position if I apply to be a hospital employee instead of a contractor?