I have recently been trying to transition into doing full-time work at a company as a junior developer but have had some issues I am seeking advice about. I have applied for about 100 jobs so far and have had a few interviews.
I was offered one front-end developer position. They wanted me to go full time, but they are only offering an extremely low rate. Like the absolute bottom end of the lowest possible rates ($15.00/hr, no benefits, and I have a stay at home wife and 15 month old). I told them I would do part-time so they could see how much value I provide, and will be happy to transition to full-time if they agree to pay me a higher rate.
I usually am able to charge $32.50/hr as a freelancer so even though the pay cut is massive, I think the experience working on a team will be worth it in terms of leveraging into a better pay rate/new full-time position since I literally have no experience working for a larger business in a team environment).
They agreed and I start today.
Is it okay for me to continue to seek opportunities elsewhere while I am doing part-time work for them?
My thought process is, I should seek a better paying position somewhere else, and if I get it, go back to the company I am working part-time for and tell them, “I have been contacted by another company who is willing to pay me x, if you are willing to match that, I am happy to turn them down and go full time here.”
Also While looking for other opportunities, should I put this position on my resume even though I literally just started?
Will this look weird/odd to employers to see I just started but am looking for a new job already?
Is this appropriate? How would you handle this situation/what advice if any do you have for someone looking to make this transition?