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Contract-To-Hire SQL Server Position: Is It Good?

July 6, 2009

Getting a SQL Server DBA job is difficult. That is a fact. A DBA holds one of the most critical, if it is not the most critical, task of handling the company’s most important asset – it’s Data.

For a Junior/Entry Level SQL Server DBA, what is the best path to set foot on a DBA job? Maybe to land to a Technical Support around SQL Server?

Some companies are willing to accept, or are actually offering, the Junior/Entry Level SQL Server DBA positions.  But that is not without a downside to the job applicant – most of these jobs are offered through a Contractual basis or, better, Contract-to-Hire position.

In connection to this topic I posted a survey question (well, kind of) to my Twitter stream:

Any thoughts on Contract-To-Hire positions related to SQL Server? Is it a good move for a SQL Server entry/junior/mid level? (Twitter Link)

So far, I got the following answers:

MarkGStacey could def be a good move, even if you DON’T stay after the contract – SQL is much in demand

dbmynxThese days with hiring freezes it may be their only way, but ask up front about why they handle it that way.

How about you, what are your thoughts about Contract-to-Hire SQL Server Junior/Entry Level Positions?

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