Reader FatBoy sent us this about the importance of a good image when trying to get a contract. Here is his advice.
An interview is an opportunity to set out your stall.
It’s a two-way process, so go after preparing, with knowledge of the company (if available on the net), certainly a full awareness of the job itself (agency) and get as much info as you can regarding the environment and the interviewer BEFORE you go into the room.
If they offer you refreshments, take them in good grace. So, be alert in the interview, show them you want the job. Also, demonstrate to them in positive style why you are the person they need.
Contractors with Wrong Attitude
I have interviewed countless candidates who were eminently qualified for the positions for which they applied but who came across as having the wrong attitude – for example, despondency, over-assuredness, arrogance – all qualities that don’t present the right image.
As a contractor (and I’ve been there, before anyone suggests I’m just spouting without experiencing) you are selling yourself – so SELL yourself.
Contracts rarely drop in your lap. You need to work to get the rewards.
Keep Trying to Get Contract
As to layoffs, keep plugging.
A few years ago I decided to give up contracting (IR35 and the wife, mainly) and I was laid off for 6 months, during which I applied for 550 positions, attended 12 interviews and never gave up hope.
If you have the skills, eventually someone will see this, but make sure that you go to every interview with a freshness of attitude and brightness of eye.
best of luck
IT Contractor Comment
So, what do you think contractors? Is it crucial to have th right image? Will a good image get you more work?
What do you think recruiters? Do you think a good image makes a difference?
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