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Old 06-24-2009, 03:48 PM
 
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I've considered approaching some companies with the idea of working for free for the first 60 days in order to land a full time salaried position. Has anyone tried this? I figure it might be a good way to seperate myself from the pack, and offers very little risk to the employer.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:51 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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A lot of volunteers were hired later on where I used to work. It was a public job. I always wondered if they had a plan in place. One ended up being a branch manager.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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I'd never submit to slavery for a company because all they think about is a bottom line and it's hard to get a raise. You gotta demand a good salary when you start because you can do great work for a year then when a new year comes they deny all your accomplishments for a raise... This did happen to me at Platt Luggage.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:55 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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I've considered approaching some companies with the idea of working for free for the first 60 days in order to land a full time salaried position. Has anyone tried this? I figure it might be a good way to seperate myself from the pack, and offers very little risk to the employer.
I'd say you have absolutely nothing to lose and maybe much to gain. Would be interested to know what happens if you go ahead with the plan. Cheers and good luck!
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Old 06-24-2009, 04:10 PM
 
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I would think that would make you look desperate (and thus less marketable), no? It's just my guess, but wouldn't a company think that if you feel like you're worth no pay than why on earth should they hire you since it seems you couldn't land a salaried job elsewhere. Again, just my guess. If you do go through with it and it works, I'd love to hear about it.
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Old 06-24-2009, 04:23 PM
 
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I took a lower salary than I wanted at my current job with a review at 90 days and a guaranteed raise to what I was looking for (another 5%) unless they had real problems with my performance. I think "Putting my money where my mouth was" was what got me this job over one of the other candidates. (The other wasn't even in the running after telling them she flat out wouldn't travel, even thought the position requires up to 10% travel.) I got the raise and everyone was happy.

But I'm not sure I'd work for free, and frankly due to workers comp laws, I'm not sure they'd be able to allow you to.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:00 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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I've considered approaching some companies with the idea of working for free for the first 60 days in order to land a full time salaried position. Has anyone tried this? I figure it might be a good way to seperate myself from the pack, and offers very little risk to the employer.
That's the craziest thing I ever heard in my life. Please if you want to volunteer then do that for a coupe of hours a day but I hope you don't mean working full-time
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Subarctic maritime Melbourne
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I wouldn't lift a finger unless I got paid.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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I agree with annerk regarding the workers' comp laws. I don't think any reputable company would let someone work for free. It's too much of a risk for the company.
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Old 06-25-2009, 03:16 AM
 
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I knew one company that had 6 month unpaid internships. They were just basically assistants in the office. About 75% of them end up staying the whole 6 months, mostly college kids. We tell them, if you leave early then we won't give you a good reference. If you stay, then we give you a good reference for future employers. We never hired any of them, just free labor to us.
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