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I've been offered a short-term contract role. Should I take it or wait for a permanent position?

I've been offered a short-term contract role. Should I take it or wait for a permanent position?

There are a number of factors you should consider when deciding to accept a contract role.The opportunity to re-enter the market and have some income is a strong reason to accept in this market.…

There are a number of factors you should consider when deciding to accept a contract role.

The opportunity to re-enter the market and have some income is a strong reason to accept in this market. Equally, if the opportunity will develop your technical skills, give you exposure to a new practice area and allow you to access other lawyers and networks it may be a great option.

A contract should be flexible for both parties. Downright terminating a contract early should not impact on your career.

Alternatively, you may prefer to hold out for a permanent position. If your practice area is buoyant with more opportunities, then this is an option. Dedicating your time to your job hunt could be a priority for you.

Obviously, everyone's circumstances differ and you need to make a decision that suits your personal situation.

- Megan Drysdale, senior consultant at Mahlab Recruitment

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