I understand there should be some difference because they offer
benefits like paid vacation and holidays, reduced health insurance
plans, and 401K. But I'm not interested in these benefits; I'm only
interested in the higher paycheck -- I have my reasons. Additionally,
full time work most of the time does not pay overtime, and that can
I feel your pain. I am currently in a full-time position after about 10+ years of jumping contract-to-contract. And I am currently weighing the benefits of a full-time gig versus contract/freelance & am starting to believe going back to freelance might be best at least for the short-term.
In my experience, the main thing an employer wants to see is long term consistency. And when I was freelancing I had some solid clients who I was able to retain for a few years. So while I knew it was freelance, nobody else really knew.
And when I looked for full-time gigs I explained these gigs were “perm-lance” for lack of a better term, and they didn’t bat an eye. Employers are mainly looking for a return on investment, so if they are spending 1-3 months ramping you up to their environment, they do not want to find out that after 6 months you’re gone. Which is the key.
So when you say you jump from contact-to-contract what is the actual time-span of the contract? If it is a year or more, do not worry. But ultimately if you are jumping from one 3 to 6 month gig to another it will add up to a future employer seeing you as a rogue commodity when looking at your employment history. And your ability to play the game of “contact-to-hire-but-not-really” will get weaker & weaker.
It all comes down to timespan. I assure you no employer expects you to be there for years, but if you simply have a resume of short-term gigs that will negatively impact the view of any future employer greatly.
And if you really do want a bit of freedom, see if the next gig you can get will allow a true part-time scenario. You might get a little less in the short term, but if you are working part-time you have the freedom to pursue other gigs at your own pace while having the solid anchor of a part-time gig you can rely on. And if you can keep that part-time gig for a while, that will look better on your resume. Yeah, you will still look like you cannot retain a long-term commitment in a way, but a part-time gig that spans about a year will still look goof and indicate you desire some stability.