Contracting often gets a bad rap. They are seen as short term, benefit-less positions that can hold you over until you find something permanent. While that might be the case some of the time, the reality is that many people have made a career out of contracting – and have been very successful in it.
Today, 30% of all workers in the U.S. are employed as “non-standard work arrangements” – meaning consultants, contracting and temporary assignments.
That’s kind of a surprising number, right? So there’s got to be some kind of benefit to having a contract job. Here are a few of them:
- Flexibility: Since you log hours and are not paid on salary, companies are more likely to be more flexible in your schedule. Get your time in and work done and you’ll leave with a good reference.
- Benefits: It’s thought that a lot of consulting jobs don’t have the benefits that permanent jobs do but that’s not always the case. Find a good recruiting company that will offer them to you (Synergis does!).
- None of that permanent stuff: None of the office politics or company-wide meetings. You can go in, do you job and leave with more experience under your belt and compensation for it.
- Knowing when you end: In today’s market, you never know when a company is going to downsize or restructure. Knowing when your job is ending doesn’t leave you vulnerable.
Now, contracting is not for everyone. And there are definitely benefits to being in a perm role too! To find out what those are and more benefits on contracting, download our whitepaper “Contracting versus Permanent.”