If you are a seasoned contractor, then searching for that next contract may be of second nature to you, however, for those who have just sprung into contracting, it might not be so easy. Here are our top tips on how to search for your next contract or even the very first.
Update your CV
Previously we have discussed what you need to do in order to achieve that perfect contractor CV, so if you have followed that advice, your CV will just need dusting. Updating your CV can be anything from; adding your contracts completion date, to updating your contact information.
Make sure everything is correct, and there are no typos. We’d recommend you give your CV to a close friend or relative to proof-read. You don’t want to miss out on an amazing contract all because you didn’t include the correct email address.
Speak to recruitment agencies
As an experienced contractor, you may already have worked with an agency. Inform the agency that you are looking for work, and keep them involved in any updates such as change of location and contact information. It’s in the agencies best interest to pro-actively source candidates contracts. However, if you haven’t yet spoken to any agencies, as a newly formed contractor you may have worked with or heard of agencies from your permanent employee days.
Here is a list of top IT recruitment agencies:
Use what you have to create new contacts and keep in touch with existing ones, such as LinkedIn. Remember that LinkedIn isn’t good enough to build a working relationship, you need to make sure you nurture your working relationships and actually work on them. You wouldn’t expect someone to recommend you for a contract based on a LinkedIn invitation?
If you have contacted a few agencies or applied for a few contracted jobs through jobs boards etc, you may have to follow up on any leads you may have. Make sure not to bombard the agency everyday with an update, but instead leave the follow up communication from a few days up to a week.
Find out more
For more advice, take a look at our guide on finding work as a contractor.