IT contracting offers many benefits. Higher pay, a chance to learn new skills, and the opportunity to try new things are just a few examples. One of the difficult parts about contracting, though, is ensuring there aren’t any gaps in your employment. Not only is this not good for your income, but it also doesn’t look good on your resume.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the best ways to make sure there aren’t gaps in between your contracts.
Verify Your Project Dates
Before starting an assignment, make sure to drill down when it comes to the project dates. While it’s not always possible for the client — or you — to pin down an exact date when a project or contract might end, you must put I the time to make as accurate an estimate as possible. That way, you know when it’s time to start looking for your next contract.
Make a point to gather a reference from every client you do contract work for. For one, you can add these to your website or LinkedIn. More importantly, they’re very powerful tools for convincing your next hiring manager to sign you up for the contract. When you have a batch of great references from your clients, you’ll be much more likely to snap up one contract after the next, creating a streamlined and consistent employment path.
Keep an Open Mind
Remember: one of the best parts of IT contracting is the chance it provides to try new things, learn new skills, and work in a variety of teams and structures. Keeping an open mind about what kind of work you want to do next or what kind of contract you would like to find is very important. If you have too rigid of an idea of what contract you’re looking for, you might never find it!
Work With a Recruiter
Last but not least, working with a recruiter is one of the best ways to ensure there aren’t gaps in between your contracting assignments. Your recruiter will help you apply for more contracts and can help you keep up your contract flow so that there aren’t any gaps in your employment.
Would you like to pair with a recruiter to make your contract search a lot easier? That’s where we come in. Get in touch with OakTree Staffing today.