I'm a software dev who was transitioned from a temporary employee on a 12 month term to a permanent employee (4 months into the job) a few months ago (I have held the job for 7 months). With COVID-19 likely to dramatically impact our area of business, I am updating my resume and trying to build a pipeline of options.

To clarify: - I was hired as a temporary employee with a contract lasting 12 months. This was in September. - The product owner liked me and wanted me as part of the project. - She asked her boss (the CEO of the 500 person agency) to have me hired full time. I was hired permanently in January. - It is now March.

Before that, I was earning my software engineering degree.

This isn't an urgent thing because I am part of a large local government (relatively secure) and thus plan to stay, but the software I work on is not yet live, so it could be cut as a cost saving measure.


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The purpose of a resume is to get the interview for a job.

So, I invite you to think about why your product owner decided to hire you permanently. If you can state that reason in terms of a benefit to your agency, that's best. Something like this.

2019 - present: Big Agency: Software Developer

I refined the definition of a product so it would serve 30% more members of the public, in collaboration with the product owner.

Obvs you should state what you actually did for the project that caught your colleague's attention.



You should absolutely put this on there. Especially as a new programmer fresh out of college.

Put what you did first as a bullet point, or points, with the hard numbers bolded. For the last bullet point under they job entry, put that, based on performance, you were converted to permanent 4 months into a 12 month contract.


Yes. Something like: "Invited by management to transition to a permanent contract, thanks for my performance and contributions, less than seven months into a temporary contract."

You did well, and this impressed your employer enough to make them want to commit to keeping you around. It's a simple, strong story, telling about your ability to integrate in a new team, earning the trust of your new colleagues, and impressing management enough to make them create an exception to retain your talent.

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