A recent ID post from a Reddit member asked about getting hired full-time after starting out as a contract employee. While many IDs are interested in landing freelance work in addition to a full-time job, the opposite question is also a relevant one. Check out these takeaways, applicable to both freelance and full-time ID work.
(Note: I've edited the original post for brevity and privacy)
Hello all, I recently landed a one-year instructional design (entry-level) contract. I'm one month into the job. It's a great company, but once 12 months is up, my staffing agency requires me to wait 6 months before re-applying to work with the client again. Here are my questions:
Absolutely ask! Here are some action items to put you on the right path:
Remember, you're getting experience to put on your resume and projects for your portfolio, regardless of the outcome of this 12-month contract. Experience matters, as does the ability to talk about your work. Be ready to discuss how you analyzed, designed, developed, implemented, and evaluated each project.
As for full-time IDs looking for ID freelance work on the side, the same six principles apply. Every meeting, every project, and every interaction reflects on your professional reputation and can enhance your ability to land your next best ID job, whether it's full-time, part-time, or freelance!
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