The UK is set to leave the European Union in the coming years, creating economic uncertainty.
Here, iContract’s Ed Bardos explains why Brexit could be good for contractors in multiple fields.
So, it’s official: our prediction that Brexit – whether you like it or not – will provide increased opportunities for contractors is coming true. The first monthly ‘Report on Jobs’ after the EU Referendum vote indicates that clients of recruitment firms have shifted towards using short-term staff.
We believe that the general uncertainty and lacklustre economic situation predicted for the next few years, coupled with the wide-impact but one-off nature of Brexit will mean many companies across many fields looking to hire contractors for special projects.
Whether you find yourself out of a permanent job involuntarily or whether you are actively make the leap towards contracting, now is a positive time to be looking.
Unlike permanent roles, clients usually fill contractor roles within days. It may only take one interview or a phone call, so here is my list to make sure you hear about opportunities and to hone your skills, contacts and interview techniques to take advantage of the opportunity:
1. Sharpen your CV: make sure you have a clear and concise CV that highlights specific skills required in a role. Register with iContract for free and we will do this for you automatically
2. Network: make sure you are getting wide exposure to potential jobs and stay in touch with your contacts. Think back to old colleagues, ex-clients, school friends. Call them, email them, invite them for a coffee. Go to industry events; join discussions boards (such as on iContract), and continually build your online profile
3. Stay up to date: You are an expert in your field. Register for industry or skills updates from online sources so that you stay aware of latest developments and news. Take a training course. As a lawyer, I have registered with several law firms for their monthly newsletters
4. Follow-up: Don’t be afraid to chase people. Everyone is busy and they may just need a nudge. Send a ‘thank you’ after all interviews. Keep your details up to date on iContract and we’ll send you the latest opportunities matching your skills immediately
5. Just get an interview: Savvy contractors know that the key is to get an interview. Don’t get drawn too early into phone or email negotiations over rates or other details and don’t set these too high or rigidly at the outset
6. Be prepared: Don’t treat contractor interviews any more casually than you would a permanent role. Do your research – know the company and the role
7. Sell yourself: A contractor interview is more of a sales pitch. The client needs to know you can hit the ground running rather than whether you are a long-term cultural fit. Be forward and specific about why you are perfect for the role and good value to the company right now. Don’t stray from these points; and ask for the actual job! Companies often hire contractors once a project has or should have already started so play your cards right and you may get an offer same day.
iContract goes live in September and will connect recruiters and contractors in a period of time when contractors will be in high demand. Make sure you pre-register for iContract now!