Changing your career path can be a daunting and sometimes tricky task but this is especially true for temporary workers, where you are unlikely to be considered for any contract unless your skills set perfectly match the role.
That is why we have outlined some top tips when it comes to transitioning careers as a contractor.
Do your research
The first step to take when making the move is to seek out your perfect role and from there look at all the desired skill requirements for that particular industry identifying if there are any niche skills that you can obtain to help you stand out from fellow contractors?
The most effective way to do this is to sift through job boards and take a look at the current contract opportunities on offer. Alongside this, networking with industry professionals that already have experience working in the role can give you a good idea of what clients are looking for.
You can then use this information to pinpoint skills that you need to build on in order to make the transition a successful one.
Evaluate your current skills set
Once you have evaluated what skills your desired role requires, you should then list your own skills and experience. Alongside each skill you should make note of your experience, including past work experience, hobbies and volunteer work.
It's important to be honest with yourself when evaluating your own skills. You can then compare the skills you have with the skills that you need to move forwards. This will allow you to put an action plan in place for ways in which to build your skills set.
Update your CV
In some sectors contracting can be highly competitive and so it is essential to have a CV that is tailored to the role you desire. Creating a functional CV that highlights your skills, experience and achievements instead of simply listing your previous roles can be a great way to start.
Remember that your newly created CV should act as a template, so it should be tailored for every role that you apply for showcasing the desired skills and experiences.
Be your own promoter
Being proactive when seeking a new contract opportunity will not only increase your chances of winning more contracts but it will also highlight you as a go-getter which will help you stand out from fellow contractors.
Start by submitting your CV onto job boards, then approach agencies directly and explain to them your change in role and why you are passionate about getting a contract within this industry.
Networking can be another fantastic method to proactively seek new contracts. Social media platforms such as LinkedIn allow you to build relationships with industry professionals which can be highly useful if you’re moving to an industry you are unfamiliar with.
Remember, making the move into a new area of contracting can be daunting. You have to be confident that you will succeed in your new role and have the persistence and perseverance to flourish.