At some point in your career you may find yourself in-between roles. When that is the case, it's worthwhile considering contracting.
Our National Contracting Director Kristan De Sousa, highlights 5 benefits of contracting:
1. Keeps your work history alive
Gaps in your resume often prompt an enquiry from a potential employer, and while 'job searching' is an acceptable response for a short period of time, it is usually questioned if its prolonged. Accepting contracting assignments serve as a 'gap filler' as well as keeping your skills up. It's a well-known mantra, "use it or lose it", so the more you can keep involved, the better off you are.
And of course, nearly everyone needs an income flow.
2. Gets your foot in the door
A contracting opportunity can open a door that was previously closed to you, and could lead to permanent employment. But this should not be assumed - you have to embark on a contracting assignment knowing it has a termination date. However, if after a short time in the assignment you realise it is exactly what you're looking for there is no harm in mentioning you'd love the opportunity to stay on.
3. Get varied exposure across different industry
The assignment may give you the opportunity to add new skills and experience to your repertoire, and as a result of this, you would have more opportunities further down the track.
In addition, a contracting role further expands your professional network. Make an effort to build relationships with co-workers during your assignment, as you never know where these connections could lead you.
4. Work on significant and exciting projects
Often short-term assignments are the result of project work, demanding an increase in employees for a finite period. These project-based assignments can be exciting, interesting, and a variance on what you have done previously.
Contracting is an ideal option if you are unsure what your future plan is. It allows the flexibility of a shorter notice period, so you are not 'locked in' to a long-term career move. It also enables you to ascertain exactly what you want to do, without having to commit to a permanent role.