Lately, I have noticed an increase in temporary contract opportunities in the market. Generally, companies bring candidates in on a temporary contract to fill a gap caused by a leave of absence, internal changes, or to help on a specific project. They may also use the contract as an opportunity to see if there would be a long term fit – a “trial run” of sorts. With so much competition in the job market, a temporary contract is a great way to gain valuable experience and distinguish yourself among your peers. If you are searching for your next opportunity, here are three reasons why a contract position might be a good option for you.
Gain experience. Whether you are a recent grad, new to the area, or interested in expanding your skills, contract opportunities can be a great way to add to your resume. It is also a safe way to test out different roles and industries to help you determine what you are passionate about without bouncing from job to job. On a resume, I would recommend listing the name of the agency that you are working on behalf of as the “employer” and listing the various contract roles you’ve held below. Here is a sample:
Meridia Contract Staffing January 2011- present
Held various contracts roles including Payroll Assistant, Receptionist, Data Entry Officer and Administrative Assistant with employers such as Nova Scotia Power, EastLink and Bell Aliant.
Make new connections. Networking is an essential aspect of your job search. Forming new connections within different companies is a great method to “get your name out there.” With so many qualified individuals competing for the same few jobs, distinguishing yourself from the pack should be your modus operandi. Keep in mind that performance is key and having a reputation for being professional, reliable and flexible not only impresses your current employer, it also creates opportunity for you down the road.
Get your foot in the door. Employees who come in on a contract for one position, can often find themselves moving within departments or even job functions. Consider your contract opportunity as an extended interview- always put your best foot forward, make an impression, and plant the seed so that the next time a permanent opportunity comes up, your employer thinks of you for the job.
If you’re not currently working, temporary employment can be a great way to get some new experience, meet new contacts, gain a new perspective and get your foot in the door with a company that you might not have otherwise had the opportunity to work with.
Meridia, a Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette company, is Atlantic Canada’s leading contingency recruitment firm that is focused on providing high quality, fast turnaround recruitment for professional and technical positions.
What do I look for in a contract candidate? Professionalism, adaptability, reliability and charisma. Want to be a candidate? Go to www.meridiarecruitment.ca and register today!