Contracting Career – How to Manage it Like a Business

Contracting Career - successful interviews for contractors
Successful Interviews for contractors

Contracting Career Advice

You should plan your contracting career if you are to be successful.

Look upon yourself, therefore, as a company with a product or service to sell. Understand your market and devise a marketing campaign. Remember, alos, that companies hire people who offer them the best results and the best value for money.

So, begin by identifying your skills, qualifications, and accomplishments. Adopt a customer-focused approach.

So, what benefits and results can you offer clients?

Are your skills marketable, therefore, and up-to-date?

Clients are in the market for team-players and problem-solvers.

They want to see evidence in your CV or resume of specific, quantifiable accomplishments.

Determine what additional skills you need, therefore, to develop to make yourself more marketable.

Finally, take advantage of all opportunities for continuous learning and
professional development.

Unique Selling Point

Successful businesses win customers by developing a unique selling proposition.

So, to give yourself a competitive advantage, analyse what other contractors in your field are offering.

It is not enough just to emulate them. You must also strive to differentiate yourself by offering something extra, something unique.

Try to assess yourself, therefore, as objectively as possible in order to identify your marketable features.

Analyse your performance appraisals and, if possible, enlist the help of a trusted friend or colleague to help you evaluate yourself.

Define and prioritise your short-term and long-term career goals.

Furthermore, study recruitment websites and the appointments pages of newspapers to familiarise yourself with the current requirements of clients.

Up-To-Date CV or Resume

Your CV/resume should be fine-tuned regularly and kept up-to-date to enable you to make a swift and targeted response to any suitable job opportunity that arises.

Learn all you can about job search strategies, job-specific resumes, and professional interview techniques.

By adopting a planned and proactive approach, you will maximise your chances of landing the job that best fits your skills and personality, and increase the likelihood of achieving your long-term career goals.

There’s often not much in it at interviews.

Give clients as many reasons as possible to pick you.

It’ll help give you a successful contracting career.

From ‘Four Minutes to Job Interview Success’ published by Assignments Plus Business Publications

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