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Posted by David Brown, Executive Vice President, Veredus, a Hays Company, on Thursday, Apr 28, 2016
IT contractors need to continually invest in their own business, which means continually upskilling and ensuring they're at the forefront of new technology.
Even for experienced contractors, learning new skills and keeping up to date with the latest trends is critical to success.
What do you need to succeed?
You’ve got to have the skills that clients want. If it’s difficult for you to find permanent jobs then you’ll struggle even more as a contractor.
Just as a ‘bricks and mortar’ business needs to invest in its infrastructure, people and products, an IT contractor needs to continually invest in their own business (themselves) to survive and prosper. On the plus side you have more control over how you develop yourself and define your own career path.
IT contractors need to enjoy the risk vs. reward dynamic in their working lives, be able to handle pressure from clients (people expect top quality for top money), and have good social skills to quickly integrate themselves into new teams.
It shouldn’t be overlooked that you’ll need to be an adept salesperson if you’re calling up clients and pitching for business. This is where working with an experienced recruiter like Hays is beneficial, as we already have a large network of contacts and can take care of the difficult and time consuming task of finding companies recruiting for your role/skills at the right time. You just need to turn up for the interview!
To summarize, a top IT contractor has a strong entrepreneurial mind set; they’re willing to travel to where the work is; they’re business minded, they take care of their finances (tax, admin etc.) and they create a ‘financial airbag’ for when they’re between projects; some IT contractors even go on to own their own companies with a few employees, passing down their skills and knowledge.
If this sounds like you, then you could be a prime candidate to move into the world of IT contracting.
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