December Downtime as a Contractor

28th November 2017

Article written by:

Chris from iContract

Now with us soon to enter the month of December later this week, we’re starting to see things wind down work wise as people prepare for the holidays and take a long and much earned break. Like the summer holidays, this has proved to be a quiet time for the contractor market with employers not thinking about their hiring needs till the start of next year.

If you find yourself at a loose end this coming month, December could be an opportune time to prepare yourself professionally for the start of the year. Here’s what you can do this December as you enjoy some downtime as a contractor.

Spruce up your iContract profile

If you’re registered as a contractor on iContract, to get the best user experience from the platform, it is important to ensure your platform is complete with all your completed work experience and relevant skills. iContract’s search algorithm is skills based so to get contract recommendations that are tailored specifically to you, make sure all your key skills are updated on your iContract profile.

Maybe you’ve had some extra training and a new qualification? If that’s the case, add these to your profile as well and you’ll have more recruiters and employers notice you. It always pays to have a spruce up!

Get connected with recruiters and contractors

iContract is not just a platform for finding your next contract, there is a whole network waiting to connect with you! Run a connections search on the ‘My Connections’ feature in iContract and see what contractors and recruiters there are to connect with you that you haven’t connected with already.

Once connected, get chatting to them through iContract’s direct message feature. Find out if there are any new contract opportunities coming up they know of, or future events worth attending.

Remember, if there’s a particular type of contractor or recruiter you’re looking to connect with. You can use the search filters to filter your search more accordingly.

IR35 event

Following on from the success of our Contractor/Recruiter Social Evening last October, iContract has its forthcoming IR35 workshop event. Guest hosted by Contractor Insurance and IR35 specialist Qdos Contractor, find out more about the latest developments in IR35 and how potential private sector changes may affect you. Find out more and book your attendance to this free event here.

Get ready for the January rush

January is always known as a busy month for job hunting as companies get new hiring budgets for the year. If you find yourself twiddling your thumbs this December, get ahead of the pack and prepare yourself for this January rush in whatever way you deem best. Maybe it’s getting in some extra training, sprucing up your CV, or simply just resting so you’re physically ready for what lies ahead.

December’s a great time to turn your focus away from actual day to day work and concentrate more on your professional development and employment profile. Why not register for free with iContract, the new online platform connecting contractors with recruiters for job matching and networking. Visit and sign up today!