How do you prefer to get job opportunities from recruiters?
A couple years ago, we asked Eagle’s recruiters about their preferred method to be contacted by IT contractors and passed it on to help our readers understand the most successful ways to build a relationship with a recruiter. Not surprisingly, we learned that everybody has different preferences for being contacted, based on their time management and organization processes.
This month, we’re curious to learn more about technology independent contractors and how they prefer to be contacted by recruiters at staffing agencies regarding new opportunities. What’s your preference in most cases? Do you like to hear a voice so you can ask questions immediately? Would you rather an email with the details or a text with a brief overview? Do you like to be contacted on LinkedIn? Or would you prefer to do your own searching and reach out to the recruiter when you find something that interests you?
IT Contract opportunities are everywhere and each professional has their own preferences for finding the best ones. What are your top sources? Don’t forget to leave your thoughts about your favourite sources in the comments below. Are there any in the list you hadn’t considered?
Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Stop Searching for IT Contract Opportunities Over the Holidays
We’ll all use this holiday season to relax, enjoy time with family, and even be a little lazy. Given how busy we are the rest of the year, taking a break is necessary and there’s a good chance that what won’t be on your mind is searching for new contract opportunities. If you are able to squeeze it in between meals and movies, though, you just might set yourself up for a rewarding 2015.
There are several reasons a job search over the holidays can increase your odds of winning a contract. Here are a few:
- Organizations are still hiring. Even though many of us will take a break, business will absolutely continue to operate. Companies are always planning their next moves, projects are always moving forward, and people are always needed (usually sooner rather than later). If you keep an eye on your favourite job boards, you’ll notice that, although there won’t be many, there will be new opportunities appearing.
- Less competition. And while those new opportunities are appearing, fewer people will be seeing them. Remember, most people use the holidays to “turn off”. When you “turn on” for a few minutes each day, you may be the only person applying to a job.
- Budgets reset. While not true for all organizations, many companies reset their budgets on January 1st. They suddenly have money to spend and will want to get projects going the second 2015 starts. They’ll use the holiday period to find contractors to work on those 2015 projects.
- Recruiters are easier to reach. As we said in #1, it may be slower but business doesn’t stop during the holiday season. Many recruiters are still at their desk and may have some extra time. What a great opportunity to call them, build relationships, and discuss upcoming roles.
- People change jobs in the New Year. 2015 will come with a slew of resolutions and some of them will be to make a career change. Be proactive by getting your name in front of recruiters and hiring managers over the holidays, and you’ll be the first person they call in January.
- Show enthusiasm and initiative. If anything, taking the time to apply for jobs, writing cover letters and checking in with your network shows that you’re serious about your business. Many clients love that personality trait and will recognize you for it.
We’re not recommending you cancel your vacation, ignore your family and work for the next few weeks straight. But could you monitor some websites and make a few calls? It just might pay off!
We often say there is no better time to be an independent contractor in Canada, and we genuinely believe that. If you’re considering contract work but are unsure if there’s enough opportunity, consider this: ALL great companies use some form of temporary or contract help at various times.
Here are just ten reasons why they do that!
- For project work. Assigning full time staff to a project (a) is sometimes difficult; (b) can cause problems in the role you take them from; and (c) can create issues at the end of the project if there is no new role available. Hence using a contracted solution works well.
- Work with an uncertain future. It might be an initiative with promise, a pilot of a new line of business or any “high risk” venture. Companies don’t want to risk having their employees left with no job if the initiative gets canned!
- Filling in for staff who are away. Maternity leave, sick leave, leaves of absence are just some examples.
- Filling in the role while the company looks for the permanent person. Sometimes that “stand in” person becomes the permanent person, and sometimes companies just need an “interim manager” while they find the perfect candidate for the full time role!
- Someone with a very specific skill set. The knowledge isn’t in the organization, but they don’t need that expert forever!
- Requiring a “non-partisan” opinion. Companies may seek advice from an expert who has no political ties inside the company.
- There’s nobody who has every skill. A company may have money for one headcount, but that headcount needs to have different skills at different times: three months of logistics skills around the holiday season, three months of financial skills around year end closing, and other skills the rest of the year. That’s three different three month contracts!
- Knowledge transfer. There may be a requirement to get employees up to speed on a new system, technology, process etc. In this case, companies often bring in the expert to work with them through a transition period.
- Cost containment. Contractors are often a more cost effective solution than a full time employee. When you factor in the cost of hiring, career & HR management , training, loaded benefits, pension costs and the potential of severance costs, a contractor is often a great answer.
- Opportunity cost. For many companies the cost of not advancing a project or other agenda is far greater than the cost associated with bringing in contract help. If it needs to get done and they don’t have the resources on staff, they bring in contract help!
These are only 10 of the many reasons companies need contractors and, therefore, only 10 of the many reasons there are plenty of opportunities for contractors in today’s economy. Whether or not it’s for you depends on many variables, but don’t rule it out. If you have questions, reach out to a recruiter at your favourite staffing company or leave your questions in the comments below. We’re always happy to help!