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Old 04-03-2019, 12:58 PM
 
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I've been working at a company "freelance" part time for the last 10 months, with no real contract (it can end immediately from both ends), as the company is a charity and funding dependent. My contract is due to end in three months, however my managers are implying that I'll be working with them on future projects beyond that deadline- though this is never explicitly said. I've brought it up with one of my manager's who said they simply don't know what will happen afterwards yet, and haven't heard anything back.

For me this is clear that there is a chance I may end up jobless in 3 months, but the trouble is that they have hired me and other freelancers to work on a specific large-scale project which ends then. This makes it difficult for me to leave before the project ends, as I would be leaving them in a lot of trouble since we are quite understaffed! However I know that it isn't possible in this competitive job market to line up a job perfectly to coincide with a contract ending, so if I want a good job I may need to leave early. This is made even more difficult for me because these people are really lovely and we have developed a strong, good relationship, so I feel guilty about dolenty ofing this. They would be very upset if I left early- even though I would give them a month's notice.

What would be your advice on how long to wait to start applying for jobs? Am I being a fool for feeling guilty, or would it be best to ride this job out and then start applying when the project is finished? I'm also worried about future references.

Thanks, any advice is much appreciated.
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Old 04-03-2019, 01:17 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I've been working at a company "freelance" part time for the last 10 months, with no real contract
What would be your advice on how long to wait to start applying for jobs?
Am I being a fool for feeling guilty...?
No. You could have perhaps even should have been making contacts for the next job all along.
If you don't have a contract limiting your options to solicit new work then there aren't any.

So...if they aren't offering you something another contract or something fulltime in house by now...
then you need to go out and find your own something. Start today.
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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Agreed, absolutely start now. You don't have a secure job, you owe nothing to them, only to yourself.
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Old 04-05-2019, 04:03 PM
 
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This is made even more difficult for me because these people are really lovely and we have developed a strong, good relationship, so I feel guilty about dolenty ofing this. They would be very upset if I left early- even though I would give them a month's notice.

What would be your advice on how long to wait to start applying for jobs? Am I being a fool for feeling guilty, or would it be best to ride this job out and then start applying when the project is finished? I'm also worried about future references.

Thanks, any advice is much appreciated.
Glad you like working there and like the people. However, none of them are so lovely they will pay your living expenses if the job ends in three months will they? No, of course not.

The time is now for you to look for another job. If when presented with another job offer before the clock runs out on this one, if you really want to stay, ask the top management if your contract will be extended or not. But I have to say, if you can find a non-contract direct job elsewhere that you like you should take it. Because working at a place that can't secure contracts for more than 6-12 months at a time is not a place you want to invest your career in unless you are promised to actually join their staff.

Don't worry about the reaction from others if you need to leave. You would be happy for them too if they found a good job situation wouldn't you? After all, you did say they are lovely people, so they should take you out to lunch and wish you well when you leave. Anything less than that will reveal to you exactly what kind of environment it really is.
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