Is it better to go for a contract role or full-time opportunity?

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Anonymous User at Taro Community7 months ago

For context - I have recently left Amazon and I'm actively looking for another role that suits my lifestyle in terms of work/life balance as well as the interest during the job role. Given how the market is right now - I was wondering if it is better to get a contract role until you can get the opportunity that you find interesting or go for a full-time opportunity regardless?

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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    7 months ago

    It depends a lot on your current job-hunting journey and your needs. Here's my thoughts:

    Case For Full-Time

    • You need benefits like health insurance
    • You are ambitious with your career growth (FTEs are given way better opportunities compared to contractors)
    • You have high compensation requirements

    Case For Contracting

    • You don't need benefits (I see a lot of married couples where one of them works as FTE getting benefits and the other as a contractor)
    • You want better work-life balance with more flexibility and less pressure
    • You can't get anything else (very possible in the current crappy market)

    For broader advice around finding good opportunities in general, I highly recommend this video (it has a software engineer focus, but most of its advice applies to anyone in tech): [Masterclass] How To Choose A Good Company And Team As A Software Engineer