The Benefits of Choosing a Contract Role

Mark Ranahan 12.10.2018

To date, September was the busiest month this year for contract roles in the mid-west. More and more jobs in the current market are being offered on a contract basis. There are many good reasons to seek out contract employment as part of your search for work. The search for that ideal “permanent” job often means that you could be missing out on the numerous opportunities presented by contract positions. Below, I have listed just some of the benefits associated with taking a contract role:     

Adding to your Skillset

The majority of contract roles have immediate start dates and need to be filled quickly. Somethings you will find that employers are prepared to overlook some minor gaps in experience, provided a candidate has the majority of the required knowledge, skills & attitude for the role. This is often not seen for permanent recruitment assignments allowing the contract employee to add a new skillset, a new industry or even a new system to their CV.  

Leveraging your Network 

Taking up a contract role while you search for that ideal permanent role, allows the contract employee to build or strengthen their professional network. I am a firm believer that leveraging off your network is one of the best ways to search for a new role. Extending your professional network and making new contacts whilst in a contract role, may provide a future lead for an opportunity that you so badly crave. 

Getting that foot in the door

Taking a short / medium / long term contract is often sometimes a great way to get a start into a Multi-National Company (MNC) environment. Remember possession is nine-tenths of the law, it is up to the contract employee to make it as hard as possible for the company to let you walk out that door when the contract is up. By rolling up the sleeves and getting stuck in from the get go, this can often lead to extension or even something more permanent. Also having a well-known MNC on your CV will mean that future prospects will be substantially increased.   

My advice to anyone considering a new role be it contract or permanent, would be to look at the job in terms of what it can add to your career and where it can take you rather than focusing narrowly on whether it is a permanent or contract role.

If you require any additional information on contract vacancies, market updates, salary guidelines or career advice please feel free to get in touch on 061-430940 or drop me a line at mranahan@morganmckinley.ie 
 

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Consultant | Accounting & Finance | Interim & Contract
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