Maybe you can’t find the job you want? Or maybe you don’t like the idea of committing to a full-time, permanent placement? Either way, you’d like to explore other options. Answer these questions to find out if contract work is right for you.
Are you hoping to have more work flexibility?
Most full-time jobs lock you into a position, a location, and a salary. Not to mention, you’ll probably be working set hours. But… what if you’re planning to relocate soon? What if you like to take off extended periods of time to travel? Or what if you need to seasonally adjust your schedule based on childcare/family needs? Contract work addresses all these possibilities. You’ll be able to choose between various shorter-term assignments and find the best ones for you.
Do you get bored after a few months on the job?
Maybe you love tackling new challenges in new environments? As a result, you can’t imagine staying with the same company for five, not to mention forty years. Contract work allows you to experiment and keep your work-life interesting. For example, you could spend four months at a small start-up, followed by six months with a multi-national corporation.
Are you looking to build your resume?
On the other hand, maybe you don’t have enough experience to land the job of your dreams? In this case, contract work will help you grow your skillset, build your resume, and expand your network. This can be a wonderful option for career-changers and/or recent graduates. Plus, as a bonus, you’ll be able to try out different opportunities, and thus, discover your best-case work scenario.
Would you like to have more control over your earning potential?
With contracting, generally, the more you work, the more you earn. In addition, contract work doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Some people accept contract positions if they find themselves unexpectedly unemployed. This is a smart tactic to cover an employment gap. Others take side gigs, in addition to their full- or part-time jobs, to make extra spending money.
Are you comfortable covering your own benefits?
Of course, most contract work doesn’t include health care, life insurance, or a retirement plan. This lack of benefits can be a dealbreaker for many people. However, if your spouse carries health insurance and/or you’re comfortable setting up your own retirement plan, this may not be a problem. Plus, if you’re contracting through a staffing agency, they often DO provide benefits for those who work a given number of hours.
So, Is Contract Work Right for You?
If you answered “Yes” to most of the questions above, contract work might be right for you. To find a contract position, search the job boards for “freelance” or “contract” opportunities. Or contact your local staffing agency. Most agencies have a wide variety of temporary and/or contract positions available.
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Halpin Staffing Services matches great people with great companies throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern, Illinois. Our recruiters can help you find the right contract, temporary, temp-to-hire, or permanent placement. Browse our available openings today!