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3 Tips for securing a new contract role in 2018

Last updated on Thursday, December 14, 2017

Written by Alex Cadman

The New Year is around the corner. Contracts are up for renewal, terms are ending, and clients will be finalising their hiring budgets. There’s no better time to look for a new contract role, and we have 3 tips to help you find a new contract in 2018.

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1. Don’t wait until the New Year

Whilst your New Year’s resolution might be to find a new job, why wait until 1st January to begin your search? Get ahead of the crowd by putting feelers out there now. Let your recruiter know you’re looking, put your CV up on job sites, and network with potential clients.

Clients will be finalising their hiring budgets for 2018, so now is a good time to let others know you are available. It also decreases the likelihood of having a gap in contracts if your contract completes at the end of the year.

Here are initial steps you can take now to secure a new contract in 2018:

  1. Research – Which clients or organisations would you like to work for? What type of role would you like? What rate of pay will you look to achieve? Write these down and narrow your search around these criteria.
  2. Tailor your CV – It’s best practice to tailor your CV around on the role you’re applying for, and the skills required. This allows you to put your best foot forward.
  3. Contact your recruiter – Sometimes, recruiters will be aware of upcoming roles that aren’t yet posted. Letting your recruiter know now that you will be available for a role starting in the New Year means that you could be put forward ahead of the competition – if you’re right for the role.

2. Differentiate yourself from other prospects

When it comes to finding a new contract, you want to appear eager, but not pushy. Differentiating yourself from your competition is key, but you must do so tactfully and strategically.

One thing clients and HR departments look for most is initiative. Interested in a role? Pick up the phone and contact the hirer to introduce yourself rather than sending an email like everyone else. Had an interview for a contract role? Send a thank-you note or follow up in the relevant way.

Potential clients take notice of this type of effort – and this goes for any job including contract roles. Contractors and freelancers make up 15% of the entire UK workforce, so you’ll likely have some competition, especially in the New Year. So try and differentiate yourself from others in a way which you feel is appropriate for the organisation and the role.

3. Take charge of your own career

You must take charge of your goals and manage your own contract search in order to find the right role in 2018 – it all comes down to, once again, taking initiative. The same applies to your business set up.

Keep track of which clients and roles your recruiter has put you up for, do your research, follow up, and chase your recruiter for leads if you have to.

If you’re looking for a contract directly from an end client, don’t be afraid to approach them as having confidence will set you apart and prove you are serious about the role.

You should also have a look at your current business set up and review how it’s working for you. Is umbrella the right payroll option? Are you happy with your current accountant or is it time to switch?

There is no better time in than the New Year to begin something new or make a change. The important thing is not to procrastinate – don’t put off your goals as it will only delay the results. We can provide support by advising you on which business set up will suit you based on your contract role going into 2018, and your personal preferences.

Download our free guide – How to find new contracts – for additional advice.

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