Naturally, everyone’s Plan A is to land their dream job on a full-time basis. There’s the job-security and on-going work that everyone strives for. Some people may need to rely on their Plan B - working on a Part-Time or Casual Basis. It could be that there isn’t enough work to go around, or that someone may have prior engagements.
But what if I tell you that there’s a Plan C?
Well I have good news, it's not going to require you to drive Ubers, wash cars or go back to school. And the beauty of it is its tapping into your core experience and skills you already have. It's called Contract.
Also known as On-Hire, Temp or Contracting, Contract Work is fast becoming an alternative but sustainable form of long-term employment. Sure it can sound daunting that you aren’t technically employed on a permanent basis but choosing Contract Work has its advantages, often not considered by individuals.
As soon as you finish your deployment, you can choose what you want to do next. Is it that you choose to tee up another contract with your recruiter? Perhaps spend a couple of months restoring the deck out the back? Or maybe it’s time to go on that dream holiday on the other side of the world.
The contract market is booming across a variety of industries, and you can be confident that when the time is right and you decide to get back into work, there will be a position for you.
No two contracts are ever the same; as long as you have relevant and transferrable skills and experience, clients are often willing to take someone on board on a Contract Basis. Naturally, after a couple of deployments, you will begin to pick up on different work-styles, systems and processes across a variety of organisations. You will also find that your ability to adapt and work in a new environment will strengthen, as you are often expected to hit the ground running from day one.
In this market, it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know. Contract work is one of the fastest ways to network. You will always be meeting new stakeholders, new managers, new subordinates, and new colleagues.
Life doesn’t always go to plan, and if you do find yourself without a job, you should never rule out Contract work. You can do some contract work, while you find that next dream job of yours. It will keep the lights on, the water running and the bills paid. Sure, it may not be exactly what you had planned for yourself, but getting paid for every single hour of work sure beats getting paid nothing.
Gone are the days where we graduate out of university or TAFE, land our dream job, and work the next 50 years before retiring; that’s just not how the way the world works anymore. You can work the same old full-time job for years (Plan A), rely on casual or part-time gigs (Plan B), or you can try out Contract Work (Plan C) and see what works best for you.
Rob De Luna is our Contract Work guru at Talentscope, a boutique recruitment firm to the Property, Construction & Technology sectors. We are expert talent acquisition specialists who have a knack for identifying and acquiring technical, hard to find talent. We combine digital marketing, analytics and recruitment craft to engage and interact with talent much earlier. Rob previously worked at a well respected builder and specialises in recruiting Contract/Temp and On-Hire professionals within the Building and Construction markets.