A lot of people are reluctant to work a contract engineering job or a contract manufacturing job, and it’s understandable. There’s the uncertainty of what will happen at the end of the contract. Will they hire me? If not, where will I work? Add in a family to support, and contract work sounds like risky business. Better to just stay on the market for a full time position, right?
Well, maybe not. While there’s much to say for the certainty of knowing where your paycheck is coming from for the foreseeable future, there are quite a few benefits of working contractual jobs when you don’t have a permanent position.
7 Reasons To Do Contract Work
1) It Gets You Working Again
Being unemployed sucks. You don’t have nearly enough money, and more importantly, daytime TV is just terrible. It’s all soap operas and talk shows. So unless being bored and broke sounds like fun, contract work could be your salvation. Because you’ll be doing something constructive while making lots of…
For all the talk about how the best things in life are free, it sure is hard to do anything without money. So if you’re not not currently making money, isn’t it better to take an opportunity where you are making money? A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Not to mention, many contract jobs pay better than a permanent position because the employer knows it’s temporary. Though sometimes it…
3) Opens the Door To Permanent Employment
Contract positions don’t always become permanent opportunities, but it happens enough that a good reason to take that contract engineering position. Employers recognize talent and will sometimes keep a person on after the job even when they aren’t hiring, because they know they’ll need someone with those skills in the future. Quality engineers and manufacturing experts are hard to come by. And since they already trained you and saw how well you fit in with their corporate culture, it makes sense to keep you around permanently. But even if you don’t get the permanent…
4) It Keeps You Sharp
Sitting around for six months to a year will leave you out of the loop. Technology is changing every day, and if you’re not up on those changes, you’re falling to the bottom of the applicant list. Taking a contract position lets you hone your current skills, as well as add new ones to your repertoire. And the more you know, the more you’re worth to a potential employer. Not to mention,
5) You’ll Make New Contacts
It’s not what you know, but who you know. While that’s not entirely true, it does help to know the right people. And who can tell who the right person is? The guy your explaining the system to today could be the guy hiring you in a year. At the very least, the more people you know in your field, the more chance you’ll hear about an open permanent position. Because even when you have a contract position…
6) You Can Still Apply for a Permanent One
Just because you’re working for someone temporarily doesn’t mean you can’t still interview for a direct hire. People frequently find permanent positions while they’re working a contract one. Nothing is stopping you from applying, and at least this way, you have a steady source of income while you’re looking. In fact, you’ll likely get more interviews while you’re on the contract job because…
7) It Looks Good You’re Working
Employers like applicants without major gaps in their work history. Six months of blank on your resume isn’t going to help you get to the top of the list. But show a potential employer you’re dedicated to working and keeping your skills sharp, and they’ll have a whole new respect for you.
So there you have it. Seven excellent reasons to take that contract position you were offered. And if you haven’t been offered one yet, then give us a call and maybe we can help you!