I am on the job market now after completion of my contract. I have been on contract jobs since 2003 when company I worked for downsized.
I always got from recruiter "expressing concern" why I am on contract all the times. They want to know the reason why I am on contract. Personally I am not sure what the concern about?
With a family to feed, I took whatever is available to me. I just cannot sit and wait for permanent job. Bills do not wait. Mortgages do not want. My child hunger for milk cannot wait for perm jobs to be available.
The nature of my job are basically project basis. Company hired me to solve problem, build thing and once done I am out of it. Not to mention, most firm seems to be in these on-going, restructuring, cost cutting exercise.
Head count freeze seems to be the strategy of the day for most organisations.
The most ironic thing happens once when a recruiter acting on half on her client said why all my jobs are contracts in nature. I inquire further and she said that the position she has is a contract job!
Does contract jobs not counts as valid working experience? I got paid, I got CPF contribution and I did the same job as my those permanent staff.
Whether from agency or line manager, hirer seems concern about my long lists of contract jobs are really beyond my understanding!