We have all heard the following sayings. “It’s a small world” and “Reputations take years to build and minutes to destroy.” These truisms are particularly relevant for professionals working as independent contractors. Today’s job will be tomorrow’s past job. With these thoughts in mind, contractors increase their marketability by following a few simple rules.
Make smooth transitions: If you are offered a permanent job with another company, it is professional courtesy to give your current employer two weeks notice.
Keep the firm your are working through informed of any changes in the scope of the engagement or any changes in the political environment. This is for your benefit so that the staffing firm you are working for can help you achieve your personal career goals and help mitigate any possible challenges in a changing environment.
Document your current assignment duties and successes. These are the heart of your resume.
Remember you were hired for your expertise. Each day assess what problems you can solve to make the process smoother.
Be respectful of your immediate managers and peers. Do not insert yourself into company politics. You are a neutral party that has more to lose in the long by choosing sides. No matter what the fight, it is not yours. The people on both sides of a political issue are your references for your next career step.
Avoid the appearance of handling personal business on company time. No checking personal e-mails or excessive cell phone use. The company is paying you by the hour and expects your full attention to the task at hand.
Even if you hate the assignment and cannot image working another day at the company, it is still important to give two weeks notice. Contractors who just decide to not come in the next day create an image of irresponsibility and are not likely to be placed as quickly as the contractor who conducts business as a professional. Always contact the staffing firm you are working through when difficulties arise. They may be able to extricate you out of the situation sooner without burning bridges or may be able to help resolve the problem that is the cause of concern.
Please feel free to contact Tracy Levine, President, Advantage Talent, Inc. if you have further thoughts or questions.