I had an approach from a Service Leaver through Linkedin that needed some advice.
He had found a contract opportunity with a local company, but was getting frustrated at the time taken to bring things to a successful conclusion.
I've pasted the text of the emails and redacted any sensitive information. Maybe you're going through this process also.
Thanks for the notification as you can see I am trying to get into the Telecoms/Data Industry.
I have a good contact for a job at the moment but as its contract it seems to be taking a while for everything to be thrashed out.
Is this normal?
I feel like I'm not getting anywhere at the moment.
Any advice you have would be much appreciated.
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Is this normal? - The answer is........Sometimes.
But it depends why it's taking a long time.
The nature of Contract is normally that a company needs someone ASAP, that being said we supply contractors on some contracts for a long period of time, and so that will need to be managed properly.
I've experienced Contract start dates being delayed because
The rates are being negotiated and the client wants to pay less
The job hasn't been signed off or a budget approved
The hiring manager being spoken to isn't the real authority
The CVs they have aren't floating boats/lighting fires/running flags up flagpoles and flapping so they procrastinate
Background checks have to be made CRB / Security
If you're going through an Agency they haven't qualified the job properly (made sure that the client is serious)
Sign off or approval have to go through different layers of management in different offices possibly in different countries
It may be one of the above, or it may be that you have a situation i've forgotten about or something new (in which case i'd love to hear it).
Could you expand on what's being "thrashed out"?
If you like you can call me at my office and I can talk to you then.
We have a lot of experience working with ex forces and placing them into roles so happy to give advice to help you secure a role with your company. (NO OBLIGATIONS)
Hope to hear from you soon