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Transitioning from a Full-Time Job to a Contract Position? What You Need to Know

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As the workforce becomes more flexible, employees are realizing the benefits associated with contract work. The result is more employees are leaving their full-time job to pursue this potentially more fulfilling and lucrative path in their field. If you’re considering making the jump yourself, here’s what you’ll need to know. 


Find a vendor you trust 

Before you make your final decision to enter the world of contract work, make sure you find a vendor that works with clients related to your field that you can trust. A good one will have your best interest and overall career goals in mind throughout the placement process, helping you find the right fit for your skillset. 


Figure out the details  

While it sounds liberating to quit your job and move to a contract role with your dream company, there are certain details you should iron first, in addition to locating a trustworthy vendor. For example, refrain from submitting your notice to your current job until you have the offer from the vendor in writing. At this point, it is unlikely to offer will fall through and the only hurdle remaining is the background investigation, but you know you’ll pass that with flying colors. 


Think about your finances 

The vendor you choose will have different clients hiring professionals with your skillset, but like any position, there’s the risk of a break between your last role and the next opportunity. Because of this, it’s wise to make sure you have at least one month’s expenses in saving but shooting for three months is ideal. 


Remain responsive through the process 

In order to get your contract career started as soon as possible with you in a new role, make sure you are being responsive throughout the entire onboarding process. Failing to respond to an email in a timely manner or follow-up when necessary may cause a delay in your start date.  


Remember who your employer is  

Because you’re working with the client every day on the job, it can be confusing to remember that your actual employer is the vendor. When you have questions about your employment, such as pay, time-off, and benefits, your vendor will be your resource.   

Similarly, they are your contact for anything that isn’t going as well as you would like. They will call and check-in during your contracted time, but if you don’t take the call and answer honestly, they won’t know what concerns and issues you may be facing. Instead of waiting six months to reach out and talk to them about a problem, keep them updated along the journey.  


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