How Do I Secure My First IT Contract Role? 4 Tips For Success
Many of us know how to secure a full time or part time job; The process of applying, interviewing, and starting work is something that we may have seen our parents do when we were younger, or prepared for during careers events at school. At this time, however, full-time employment is starting to fall out of favour, especially in terms of IT roles, with contracting becoming much more prevalent. The problem, of course, is that we may not be quite as prepared to secure an IT contract role as we are to secure IT employment.
So what are some good ways to increase the chance of securing a great position?
1. Identify Where You Fit in
Think about why businesses are beginning to focus more and more on contract roles, rather than employment. In many cases, contracting is preferred because it’s an effective method of bringing onboard niche IT skills to assist the company with technological change and advancement. So, where do you fit in with this? What skills and knowledge can you offer a business that they may not already have easy access to? It’s a good idea to conduct a skills analysis and determine your individual strengths before searching for contract roles. This can make it easier to know what you’re looking for in a role.
2. Understand the Differences
While there are some similarities between contract roles and employment, there are also many differences. For example, when hiring for permanent positions, businesses are likely to carefully consider both skills and cultural fit, ensuring that the new hire is a good match for the business environment. While fit is also important for contract roles, many businesses will focus less on this aspect, and more on making sure applicants have the right talent onboard for the specific project that’s being undertaken. It’s worth tailoring your CV to remove ‘fluff’, and listing relevant skills in a clear, simple, and direct way.
3. Be Proactive
If you’re accustomed to being headhunted for IT roles, then securing a contract role may be more challenging than you think! IT contract roles won’t simply fall into your lap; You’ll need to be proactive and ensure you’re taking appropriate measures to get your talents seen by the right eyes, at the right time. The good news is that, as contracting has become more popular, there are now platforms that can fully support your efforts, such as Contract Recruit. Browse or search for your desired IT contract role, send your application, and be sure to follow up with the business to demonstrate your interest.
4. Facilitate Change
One of the primary reasons that businesses are looking for IT contractors is because they do not have what they require in-house, whether that be the skills, the knowledge, the experience, the approach, or anything else; They need to bring on a temporary worker to facilitate some sort of change within the workplace. If you’re asked to attend an interview with a business, don’t be afraid to be bold and to share your own ideas about how you would approach the project at hand. A business needs to know that you’re willing to facilitate the necessary change, and that you have the initiative to work independently.
Of course, it’s easy to look at ways to secure your first IT contract role… but actually doing it can be nerve wracking, especially if you’re making the leap to contracting from permanent employment. ContractRecruit are here to support you every step of the way, making it easier to transform theory into practice and plans into reality.