How it began
Following an entire year of unsuccessfully searching for a new job -- after being laid off by his previous employer -- Don Millar was getting anxious. Don knew he had the skills to help a company, but many organizations were wary of increasing their workforce after the recession, and wanted to “try people out” before making full-time hiring decisions. He decided to contact Kelly Services in hopes of getting a contract position to get his foot in the door.
The Kelly recruiter was impressed with Don’s skills as an electrical engineer, but only had a two-day contract opportunity available with a small medical device company. Don accepted the position without hesitation and immediately impressed the company. Week after week, he was called back to help with various projects, and eventually caught the attention of the general manager. Don was interviewed for a position as the company’s Director of Research and Development—and his professionalism, flexibility, and expertise led him to a job offer.
Don transitioned from working as a Kelly contractor to a full-time employee of the company. Since then, he has implemented new methods for testing products to improve the quality of devices, and has also worked to improve the overall software environment at the company.
When asked about his most memorable experience so far with the company, Don said, “The first time I solved a critical problem at my new employer, I was very happy to show that I could bring my skills to a new area—C programming. I wasn’t very knowledgeable about this language, but I studied up in my free time, and made an impact soon after.”
Don’s depth of experience and desire to continue learning helped to show the company how impactful he could be to their success, which ultimately led to the full-time job he was looking for. His advice for those in a similar position: “It’s tough in today’s market to get a chance to show your worth, especially if you are a more experienced employee … so consider starting as a contractor to create that opportunity.”
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