Find work as a contractor

If you are just starting your career as a contractor, finding that first contract can be a particularly daunting task. Unlike a permanent employee, it’s not just a case of uploading your CV to a few job boards and waiting for the agencies to contact you – you need to take a proactive approach to finding work.

We are experts in contractor payroll and accountancy solutions, and with over 18 years’ experience in the industry we have seen a variety of different approaches that contractors take to finding work.

The following paragraphs contain a few pointers to help get you get started with how to find work as a contractor.

Recruitment agencies

Just like with permanent positions, recruitment agencies are a good place to start. Many recruitment agencies will be recruiting for contract positions, so be sure to have a look online to see if there is anything available that is appealing.

Contract positions are quite competitive and it’s likely that recruiters will be overwhelmed with contractor CVs to sift through, so a more direct approach could serve you well. Rather than just applying to a position online, if you can find the details of the recruiter it is well worth giving them a call and telling them a bit about yourself. It’s a more personal approach that can drastically increase your chances of getting an interview.

Utilising contacts

Potential clients are everywhere, and often the phrase “it’s who you know, not what you know” can ring true. Therefore it’s crucial that you utilise any existing contacts that could potentially open a door or two for you.

Have a look on LinkedIn to see if any of your current connections could be potential clients or if they could introduce to anyone who might be interested your services.

Generating an online presence

Building a website that showcases your previous work and how you can help companies, can be a fantastic tool in helping you find work as a contractor. You don’t need to go overboard and invest thousands in a flash based website, just a clean design that clearly shows who you are and what you do is perfect!

Things to include on your website are:

  • Testimonials
  • Contact details
  • Examples of work/case studies

When finding work as a contractor, it is also useful to bear SEO in mind so that you have the best chance of appearing highly within search engines. You can employ an agency to help you with this, but essentially you need to think about url structure and the placement of keywords within your content. There is an abundance of help available online, so have a Google and read a few jargon-free guides to give you a more complete idea of what you need to do to find work.

The direct approach

We make no qualms about it, sales is tough. However, the direct approach of being able to pick up the phone can be one of the best ways of generating awareness of your services.

Most of us have a list of a few “dream” companies to work for, and contractors are no different. Whether you are working in construction, oil and gas or any other industry for that matter, identify some companies that you think you can help and contact them directly.

Often it can be hard to think on your feet when you are trying to sell on the phone, so developing a script or at least some pointers can be a huge help. Put yourself in the shoes of the person you are calling, what questions are they likely to ask you and how can you help them? If you need a bit of extra assistance there are an endless number of templates and resources available online.

Get your finances in order

Once you have found a contract, you need to think about how you will be paid. Do you want to form a limited company or would being paid through an umbrella company be a more appropriate solution?

We offer a range of contractor payroll and accountancy solutions, including:

You can find out more about these solutions by calling our team on +44 (0)1923 277 900 and they will be happy to talk things through with you in a jargon-free manner.

Now that you have a clearer idea about how to find work as a contractor, you might also find the following resources useful:

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