Contractor’s Guide to Finding a Contract

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So, you’ve made the jump to self-employment, but what’s next? Besides doing all the admin that comes with setting up a limited company in the UK, you will also need to guarantee work and income into your business.

Finding contracting opportunities is very different from your traditional job search for permanent employment.

What’s in the guide?

  • Finding the right contract – Agencies or job boards? We’ve got you covered.
  • Seven secrets to optimising your income – From experience to presentation skills.
  • CV’s, e-CV’s and CV databases – How to make sure your CV is picked up.
  • Five tips when writing your CV – Why it is important to keep it up-to-date.

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Contract finding strategies

Before you begin your journey to find a contract, you need to decide what strategy to pursue. Our guide discusses a variety of different methods to achieve this, from working independently by using job boards, to letting agencies do the work for you.

What is the difference between a contract search and a job search?

Applying for a contract job is different to a traditional job search: an organisation will usually work out a few weeks before if they need to hire a contractor, who will then be required to work immediately after the contract has been accepted.

Typically, there is a maximum of one interview for a contract role. The need to hire a contractor ASAP usually means that you will have a minimal wait when finding out if you are successful.

Contractor CVs

A contractor’s CV should be formatted differently to that of a permanent employee. Contractor CVs focus more on skills and experience, rather than professional qualifications. When writing yours, one of the things to keep in mind is to go into more detail about your experiences working for other clients.

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