I just want people to know I'm employed...
February 20, 2012 7:03 PM Subscribe
I am starting a long term contract position and am unsure as to how to properly reflect this on my resume/LinkedIn profile - but want to be up-to-date since it's not a guarantee that the contract will go perm. How do I update my resume/profile in this circumstance? I'm new to the world of contracting.
Hi everyone. I was laid off recently and have been searching for new work and just landed a long-term contract position beginning this week. It's for several months, but as of right now they don't see it becoming permanent, though there is a possibility that could change at some point. So, I still plan on keeping my eyes and ears peeled for a permanent gig, and I want to be sure that my resume/LinkedIn presence is up-to-date as I do so. What is the protocol for how to list contract positions such as these on a resume? I'm a complete newbie to being a contract employee of this sort. This is a great company, and a fairly prestigious one at that, so I'm glad that I've stumbled into this gig even though it may turn out to be temporary since it is an impressive name to have on a resume in any capacity and the work I will be doing is directly related to what I have been doing in my career thus far.
As I said before, I'm new to being a contract employee in this sense. I did begin my career by temping fresh out of college and I ended up getting placed permanently at the first company I ended up at, so that part of my career is listed on my resume (pre-permanent job offer) as [name of company I was working at] via [name of temp agency]. This new position seems sort of different, in that I was contacted by a recruiter for this position. The recruiter works for an agency that specializes in placing employees in long term contracts, or putting candidates through for direct hire (specializing mostly in the tech and finance industries) so I guess it's a temp agency of sorts, but not really an office admin farm the way most temp agencies seem to be. That being said, the contract I signed does stipulate that I am an employee of the agency being contracted out to Big Awesome Prestigious Company, and not a direct employee of Big Awesome Prestigious Company. So my gut is that I should list this on my resume using similar verbiage to that which I used for my former temp position. But since I am not sure, I thought I'd poll the hive mind.
Suggestions for how to reflect this on LinkedIn would be helpful, too, since my former experience as a temp was many years before I ended up on LinkedIn. Do I list myself as an employee of the agency, or is that too confusing alongside recruiters who actually work for the agency?
Or am I just overthinking this? I think maybe I am. Regardless, any advice from anyone who has been in this boat (or HR types) would be helpful. I just want to be honest about what I am doing and how I am employed without selling myself short. I did have to go through a fairly extensive interview with folks from Big Awesome Prestigious Company to get this gig and beat out at three other potential candidates, so I'm not just a warm body that an agency is giving them...but I don't want to be dishonest and give the impression that they have, in fact, hired me directly, when they have just entered into a contract with me using this agency as a broker of sorts.
Man, I must be overcomplicating this, huh? Thoughts/advice are much appreciated in advance. Thanks!