5 IT Contract Jobs That Easily Go Full-Time

Moving from a contract position to a full-time one is pretty common in IT. Contracting is a way for companies to test technical skills and cultural fit before they commit to an employee—especially an expensive one. “Mid-market and larger companies like to hire in bulk, so they really gauge the fit and eventually make a permanent home for the best people,” said Andy McCall, managing partner for executive search and consulting firm McCall & Lee. “It’s a great way [so] companies don’t make a mistake in hiring.”

And while not all tech professionals want to go full-time, the majority of contract professionals will make the leap at some point, especially for the right company. But just how easy is it to make the transition? Not all IT jobs are created equal when it comes to quickly moving from contract to full-time; IT recruiters believe the following five types of jobs represent the best chance for jumping from a contract to a full-time position:

Software Engineer/Developer

Software engineers and developers often find their job descriptions evolve as time goes on. This natural progression means that many a tech pro is upgraded from contracting to full-time status as he or she takes on more and more responsibility.

“Even if a company has a software engineer work on a project, those projects often have debugging, testing, and modifications to them,” suggested Bob Hadick, president of Russ Hadick & Associates, a recruiting firm. “They can get out in the field, and a customer may want some piece of the software custom. Eventually, the company can turn a contract into a full-time hire, supporting and enhancing the product.”

Check out the latest developer jobs.

Project Manager

In companies that juggle multiple and ongoing projects, it’s relatively common to bring in a project manager for one project and use that as a trial. “If they can perform on one project, and there’s enough demand, clients will often try to convert them and stick them on other projects,” said James Wright, partner at Bridge Technical Talent.

For those who overachieve on one project, it’s often an easy choice for the company to make them a full-timer. “It’s better economically, and you already have someone who understands the project culture of your organization and has proven themselves as being able to integrate across teams,” Wright added.

Check out the latest project manager jobs.

Network Architect/Engineer

There simply aren’t enough network architects and engineers to go around; the best and brightest can quickly find full-time gigs, especially if they start out as a contractor for the company that eventually hires them. “The role often begins on a project or temporary basis, but it can seamlessly transition into a full-time one,” said John Reed, senior executive director at Robert Half Technology. “Managing a single project or joining an existing effort will be a good gauge of a temporary employees’ breadth of knowledge and personality and will allow managers the time to consider their chances for success in the future with the company.”

Check out the latest network architect jobs.

Business Analyst

Business analyst jobs often start out on a project basis, too, but fulfilling one project can create new work. “For example, a BA might be doing requirements-gathering and uncovering a new customer need or business opportunity, which would lead to extending the BA’s contract,” said Julie Desmond, IT and software engineering recruiting manager at George Konik Associates. In other cases, the company might opt to make the analyst a full-time employee.

Check out the latest business analyst jobs.

Systems Administrator

Companies without a systems administrator face a critical need. “If you’re a strong AIX administrator, you’ll be able to port your skills pretty quickly into another AIX environment, and the quality of the candidate is easy to evaluate,” Wright said. “You have great conditions for a contract to hire—quick impact, strong need, portable skills, and quick evaluation.”

Check out the latest systems administrator jobs.

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12 Responses to “5 IT Contract Jobs That Easily Go Full-Time”

  1. jgalt2000

    “Moving from a contract position to a full-time one is pretty common in IT…”

    Really??? Not in *this* part of the country it isn’t. Time to step outside of Silican Vally and see how the rest of the world operates. The *real* world is much darker than your glowing little fantasy-land.

  2. Kerry McCune

    There is a layer of parasites between companies and job seekers now; we call them recruiters. I recently finishes an associates degree in computer information systems with a GPA of 3.96. I can’t even find a position I can apply for. None of these so called recruiting sites are anything but scammers.

    • Common sense

      Maybe you’re having a bad time with recruiters because your priorities are in the wrong place. First, stop having such a bad enough attitude that you’re calling recruiters ‘parasites.’ Second, no one cares about your GPA. Third, if you really want to flaunt your degree (which no one ultimately cares about either — people only care that you have one depending on the JD), it better be a bachelor or masters. Finally, people look for experience above all. You should be busy finding all sorts of little ways to add to your experience rather than being a whiny baby about the job hunting process. It’s hard for everyone.

      • Common sense

        To clarify to those with less than common sense, what I mean when I say they ‘don’t care’ is that just because you have a good GPA or a college degree, doesn’t mean you’re entitled to be offered all the jobs in your industry on those merits alone.

  3. The truth is, gentlemen, that companies in the IT sector value experience much more than degrees and GPAs. It is extremely difficult for someone fresh out of college to find a job higher than a base help desk tech. I landed a job as a systems admin a month out of college (Bachelors in IS). What did I do different? I networked my ass off. I got this position by reaching out to complete strangers daily and having the balls to ask for help and advice. One guy out of about 90 gave me a shot. That’s just the reality of it.

    • Marcus Griffin

      Congratulations Jonathan on finding a job. I’m also networking my butt off I just have not been as lucky as you. As for experience I have it, four years of experience in Java Algorithms and Data Structures, Machine Language, Transactional-SQL, C#.net , HTML, Javascript, angular.js, SpringMVC , bootstrap, R and many other skills sets I have to learn to earn my educational credentials. My GPA and degrees should tell an employer that I have been tested under pressure and turn out a excellent product or an answers to difficult problems. My years of academic experience is as good as anyones work experience without mt credentials. I will produce clean, testable, maintainable and well document code in the time given.

  4. Marcus/ Kerry > Change your attitude and ask what you can do for a company instead of what a company can do for you. If you aren’t getting the right looks the recruiting firm is doing their job. Your not a fit and thats what they are paid to screen for. Good Luck.

    • Marcus Griffin

      Career Advise 101, your an idiot. I’ve finally been able circumvent the idiot recruiters and talk to hiring managers myself at the two companies I was interested in. And after interviewing with both of the I’ve gotten two job offers @ two great companies. I say to all newly minted CS graduates or career changers avoid idiot recruiters who understand the jobs you are applying for. I say this because this idiot recruiter would not submit my resume to the hiring manager for a job I was perfect for. Luckily my friend got job at this company and he was able to hand walk my resume to the hiring manager and contact me, interviewed me and made an offer. In fact he tails me HR was sending him candidates who couldn’t even write a program to sort a list. He was happy I was able to my resume past the recruiters.

      • CAREER ADVICE 101

        Marcus,
        Congrats on the new job..its unfortunate you had that experience w your recruiter. I’m certain not very many recruiters are like that because they want to get paid and there is a reason they’re in business. I’m sure you’ll have a great career, best wishes.

        • Marcus Griffin

          I am so happy to have beaten this recruiters and the candidates he sent over. My advise to recruiters, stop being lazy a_sses. Understand the technology you are getting job requisitions for. Work with the candidates on their resumes and interviewing skills. Leverage your relationships with the employer to advise to a canditate before an interview. Realize the candidate is your CLIENT and without him you will not get paid. Recruiters give off your lazy butts and get your clients work. Be helpful not a hendarence.

          Hey dice why don’t you an article on how lazy recruiters vs good ones and how to tell the difference without wasting months with them.

          • IT Recruiter

            Candidates are most certainly NOT my “Clients”…the employers are. My “Clients” are those that pay us. You crybaby, self-important drama-queen candidates are a dime a dozen…it is absolutely the truth. I`m a college drop-out who earns $300K+ per year, and I work maybe 25 hours per week…so tell me, who`s the idiot?