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Insights: How to go Back to a Full-time Job After Working Freelance

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Submitted by: WISE NYC Metro member | 15+ years professional experience

After a progressive 15-year career, I chose to work on a freelance basis for the past 10 years. I am now looking to go back to work full time and have been told by a recruiter that she would not even consider me for one of her full-time searches because I am not working full-time now. How do I respond to that (and without sounding defensive) and overcome the apparent stigma that I wasn't even aware existed?


First, find another recruiter. A smart recruiter will look at your total experience, whether it has been as a permanent employee of a company or freelance, and determine if the experience fits the role. Freelance work does not mean it was always part-time, or part time at all.
Highlight your experience. Show what you achieved and how it matches the role you are going for. Keep pursuing what you want with the help of someone who understands what your experience brings.

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Jane Hollman

About Jane Hollman

Jane Hollman has more than 25 years experience in senior human resources roles at large multinationals and sports across Asia Pacific and the United States. Currently a career coach, she helps business leaders and university students think through their career paths. Hollman is passionate about creating flexible, innovative work places and mentors women looking to start their own businesses. She is also a freelance writer covering the business of sports for publications such as Women Talking Sports.

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