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Contracting to boost your career

Posted by David Brown, EVP Veredus, a Hays company, on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

IT Blog: Contracting key to careerI see a lot of IT professionals looking for long-term job opportunities, which is great for stability and job security, but if you want to learn new skills and become a really in-demand candidate, then IT contracting for a few years could be the best way to do it.

What can contracting offer?

Stay at the forefront of technology
Maximize your knowledge by looking for contracts where you can try different technologies and software. This will give you the broader experience and continual learning that will help you stand out in the market.

Experience different work environments
Try working in different types of company – large and small; construction, banking and financial, life sciences; start up and established. This will not only give you a broader experience on your resume, but it will also help you determine which environment suits you better so when you’re ready to transition to full-time work you can make the best decision.

Show demonstrable skills and results
Contract work is all about problem solving. It usually involves completing a specific project or achieving specific results, which will look great on your resume. Make sure you communicate those achievements on your CV and LinkedIn so potential employers know what you’re able to do.

Contracting isn’t the right decision for everyone. If you’re looking for stability and long-term certainty then a full-time role is going to be a better fit. Additionally, if you want to reach senior leadership then you’re going to need to transition to full-time around the management level of your career so you can get the necessary team leadership experience.

Job TitleLocationJob ID
Systems AdministratorWashington DC1062048
Java DeveloperAtlanta1061098
Network ArchitectTampa Bay1061654
Agile PLM Project ManagerBoston1061664
Solutions Lead/ArchitectNew York1061562
Service DeskRaleigh1061779
Senior Technical WriterChicago1061484

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