As an experienced technology professional, contracting can be a fantastic way to build new skills and gain extensive industry experience.
However when progressing into a contract career, it's important you make strategic choices to maximise your contracting experience in order to gain a professional advantage. We discuss how to get the most out of your contracting career.
Update your CV
As a contractor, it’s likely your skill set and experiences can expand at a pace. Make sure to continually update your CV and be sure to send any revised versions to your specialist recruiter. This includes any systems you've gained exposure to, formal training acquired and industry specific experience.
Keep in touch
If taking a longer term contract, it can be very easy to fall off the radar of many recruiters. Make sure to keep in regular contact, providing the exact details of your contract length and end date. Doing this will allow far more time to arrange your next contract, providing a more seamless transition into your new position as well as negating the possibility of a break without income.
If the company you are working for decides to extend the length of your assignment, be sure to inform your recruitment consultant immediately so that they are aware of your availability. This will not only foster a strong working relationship with your consultant but it will also demonstrate your commitment to your current company.
As a contractor, it’s likely that your skill sets and experiences can expand at a pace. Make sure to continually update your CV and be sure to send any revised versions to your specialist recruiter.
Although it’s difficult to keep track of everyone to inform when your circumstances change, it is particularly important to tell your consultant. If you are out of contact for an extended period, make sure you have this clearly communicated in your ‘out-of-office’ replies, specifying an alternative date to make contact or another way to get through should a relevant opportunity present itself. In the technology market, recruitment processes tend to move quickly and being offline for often only a day could be the make or break of scoring your next big contract.
Keeping a strong relationship with your recruiter can take much of the stress out of contracting. Ensure you clearly communicate the types of opportunities you are interested in as well providing an indication of where your flexibilities lie and where you will require the most support and guidance.