Job seeking can be a long and drawn out process, especially if you are looking for a permanent role with a high volume of candidates applying for each vacancy. It is often a good idea to look for contract work in the interim, even if your ultimate aim is to secure a permanent job. It can be a good stepping stone for securing a permanent job as it gives an employer the opportunity to find out how you work and whether you are suitable for the role, without taking a chance by hiring you on a permanent contract straight away. It also keeps your CV and skills up-to-date, so there are no long gaps in employment. Many employers choose to use employment agencies for short term contracts, as it means they can place candidates into roles at short notice. It can often be quite a lucrative option for workers as they are frequently paid at an accelerated rate. There are several ways to find contract work through a recruitment agency.
The first step in looking for contract work is to obtain a list of suitable recruitment agencies who specialise in the field you are looking to work. You can source this information by looking online or perhaps by speaking to people you know who already work in the industry and may be able to provide some contacts for you. This is useful as you can send out an email to all of the contacts you have and this can really increase your chances of gaining suitable employment.
Get in Touch
When you have a list of contacts you can send out a generic email to each of these recruitment agencies, providing information on what field you are interested and what type of role you are ideally looking for. If you don’t hear back within a few days, you should give the agencies a call, as they will receive large number of emails each day and yours could easily get missed. Making a call will also show you are keen and enthusiastic. Recruitment agencies also advertise many of their contract positions on popular job websites, so it is worthwhile checking these and applying for any suitable roles you find. The more options you give yourself, the better.
Wherever possible, try to make appointments to meet with recruitment consultants to talk through your experience and what you are looking for. It may even be an idea to take a walk round the recruitment agencies you have nearby, as they will often be able to speak to you on the spot. If you have met with the consultants and are on their books, you will be more likely to be contacted when any contracts become available.
Contract work often becomes available to cover holidays or even sickness, so sometimes you will be required to start on the day they call you! This doesn’t mean you have to sit at home waiting for the phone to ring but always keep your mobile handy incase the consultant has to get a hold of you. It is usually first come first served with contract work, so if you don’t pick your phone up on first attempt, they may try another candidate and you could lose out on the opportunity.