“It’s too risky”, “I’ve got bills to pay”, “It won’t look good on my CV” …
Just some examples of the responses we hear from candidates when discussing a Contract, interim or temp roles.
For many people, the contracting world is shrouded in mystery and to be avoided at all costs. The truth is, that many an exciting opportunity is available that can add great experience, achievements and skills to your CV making you an even more appealing candidate than you already are.
Below I have brought together a few points that will hopefully lift the veil and show you just how appealing a contract role can be.
“I can’t take the risk; I’ll only be looking again in a few months”
While true, you will be surprised just how many contract roles get extended, become permanent or open up other opportunities in the same business. As this doesn’t always happen there’s another important point to remember: if you have a strong relationship with your contract specialist recruiter, you will find moving from one contract to another easy. It’s our job to keep on top of the market, know what is going on and be thinking about your next move, even before you do!
Also, as your experience in the contracting market increases, so will your network – this will prove to be a vital tool in your future searches.
“I don’t want my CV to look like I’m always jumping around”
Probably the biggest myth about contracting. The end of a contract is a perfectly plausible and easily explainable reason for leaving a business. You come in, you deliver an excellent job, you ride off into the sunset in search of your next great contract! How can this be perceived as negative? Your network will grow, the number of people that will recommend you as a skilled contractor will increase and other doors will open. People who hire contractors understand contractors – it is very rare that you will be asked to justify why you are contracting. It is a legitimate, thriving part of any industry.
“I don’t see many contract roles advertised in my industry”
Two points to address here. Firstly, the majority of contact roles are not advertised. This is where your network and relationship with your contracts recruiter come into play. The point of businesses bringing on contractors is that it can be done quickly and efficiently so it is rare that the usual hoops of online application, 1st stage interview, 2nd stage interview etc. apply. Trust your recruiter and trust your network to keep you up to speed on what’s going on. Secondly, you are not limited to the industry you are experienced in. Your skills and experience become much, much more important in the contract world than the industry in which you have plied your trade. Businesses that would be closed to you for permanent roles will see you as a realistic option on a contract basis. Is there somewhere you have always wanted to work but never got a look in? Contracting could be the key!
“I’ve got bills and a mortgage to pay”
Haven’t we all?! The blunt fact of the matter is that working as a contractor can be highly lucrative. Employers appreciate that working as a contractor means you are sacrificing benefits like long-term job security, pensions, bonuses etc. Day rates or salaries are therefore adjusted to accommodate this. Manage your money well, do not apologise for what you charge and believe in the fact that the job you are doing is worth every penny for your client.
“I’m nervous it won’t work out”
A MAJOR point that many people use to permanent work overlook is that if you try contracting and it isn’t for you or the right contract doesn’t come up at the right time, permanent roles are not closed to you. You will not be shunned, you will not be at a disadvantage and, in fact, you may well find that more permanent opportunities are available to you due to your contracting experience. You will have picked up new skills, explored new industries and delivered some outstanding work. Good businesses want the best people for the job and anyone who rejects you based on the fact that you have had contract positions probably needs to re-evaluate their values and hiring practices!
If you want to know more or are actively looking for a new contract position in marketing, digital, product, analytics and more, get in touch with one of our specialist contract recruitment consultants at Better Placed.
0161 238 6700
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