I live in New Mexico (yes, we're part of the USA, despite opinions to the contrary). New Mexico is primarily a rural state. Albuquerque (I live in that area) is the largest city, then Santa Fe and a few others. But basically, small population. Two of the primary employers in the area are Kirkland Airforce Base and Sandia National Labs. Occasionally, I'll get a phone call from a recruiter trying to woe me away from my full-time with benefits job, to work a 6 month contract at either Kirkland or Sandia. Yesterday, I got such a call. The position is only 6 months, "with an option to offer full time employment at the end of 6 months", no benefits and pays $15K to $10K less than I'm making now. I am open to new opportunities, but due to my wife's medical condition, as far as it is within my control I need to take jobs that offer medical insurance from day 1 - not 6 months later, and only "maybe we'll offer to bring you on full time". I've come to the conclusion that the recruiters in this area primarily recruit for contract jobs of various short term durations (some as little as 3 months). I'd say about 10% of the time, when they call me, is it a full-time with benefits job.
I'm wondering about other job markets? Say in Dallas, Houston, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, etc., when you get a call from a recruiter is it nearly always for some short term contract, no benefits and only a possibility of getting hired?
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