Life as a contractor might not be glamorous, but it can be very empowering for a professional looking for a more flexible way to build experience quickly and make a difference on their own terms. Here are the two first steps you need to take to make sure you set yourself up for success as a contract worker in the modern age.
Build Your Reputation
If you are new to the contracting world, reputation is everything. Employers need to know they can trust you, and the only way to do that is to show them that you are trustworthy and responsible. You need to quickly build credibility and show your current client (and future ones as well) that you are a fast learner, an expert in your field, and someone they can count on to come into a role fresh, make an immediate impact, solve problems thoughtfully, and communicate expertly. This stage of being a contractor should be a short one, so don’t take too long to show that you are someone clients and colleagues should trust. Focus on demonstrating your skills and proficiencies in the assignments for which you are hired and perform at a high level to make sure you learn how to do the right job in the right way quickly and effectively.
Your reputation is what your career as a contractor is built on, so take it very seriously. You can’t afford to burn bridges with employers or client (or staffing agencies) because you can be sure that that information will get around. While of course, managers of contractors recognize that it will take a certain amount of time to ramp up in any specific role, you need to take the opportunity seriously and make sure you are meeting expectations early on in your contract. Your current and future employment depend on it.
Complete Jobs Well and On Time
The next step to success as a contractor is about delivering on promises that you make to your client. They know you can do the work (as you’ve shown them you can in the early stages of your career growth), but now is the time to establish your expertise and deliver on expectations within an appropriate time frame. Hiring managers need to know they can count on you to work independently, communicate effectively, and don’t require the level of hand-holding that is necessary to bring you on board for longer than is necessary. You need to be able to ask the right questions and seek out information without unnecessarily distracting others from their own workloads.
You must be comfortable operating with limited supervision and support, find solutions to problems and overcome most of your obstacles on your own. Show clients and managers that you are easy to work with and have strong business and interpersonal skills. Keep yourself accountable for the results you achieve and continue to grow and accept responsibility for mistakes that you will inevitably make.
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