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A few weeks ago we talked about how working as a contractor can help your career. As a company that staffs direct hire, contract to hire, and contract roles, we sometimes talk to job seekers who are apprehensive to take a contracting role. We began to realize that there are a ton of myths about working as a contractor and we’d like to take the opportunity to dispel them.
Here are some myths about working as a contractor that we often hear and some background information to give more context.
Contract work means I don’t have access to benefits
At ICONMA, we offer contractors the opportunity to enroll in our benefits program. We know the importance of benefits like medical, dental, vision, and more; that’s why we extend them to the contractors who work with us.
Working as a contractor means a company doesn’t value me enough to bring me on full-time
This simply isn’t true. Sometimes a company realizes they need help for a short period of time. Instead of bringing someone on full-time and not being able to keep them, they employ on a contract basis. They know the value that a contractor can bring and respect them enough to be transparent about the length of employment.
Contract work is unstable
Because of the relationships we’ve built over the years, we’re often able to help our contractors transition seamlessly from one role to another. Also, there are often long-term assignments that provide you with a consistent position.
Contracting looks bad on my resume
With the expansion of the temporary staffing market over the last several years, there’s a lot of awareness on the value contractors bring to employers. If anything, the fact that you have contract work on your resume shows that you’re willing to accept new challenges to grow and develop your career.
Working as a contractor keeps me from getting long-term roles in the future
The opposite is true. Contracting roles often lead to longer term roles.
Contract work is only for certain skill sets
Contract positions are available for all types of skills, from information technology, marketing and creative, human resources, engineering, accounting, healthcare, manufacturing, clinical, and more. There’s almost no industry that doesn’t hire contractors.
Here’s a little feedback we’ve gotten from some of our contractors.
“As of Monday I am being converted to a fulltime employee of the client. Today will be my last day with ICONMA. I would like to say that my six months of experience with ICONMA was incredible. At first, I was worried and scared but XYZ, you made yourself available every time I had a question or a concern. You were great to me in every aspect, and for that I THANK YOU. Please keep in touch, and I look forward to dealing with you again in the near future.”
“I just wanted to take some time to say it has been a pleasure working for ICONMA and getting to know you. I have accepted an offer with the client and as of June 15th I will be a full time employee. Out of all my contracting companies I have worked for yours was one of my favorites. I wish everyone the best in their future endeavors!”
If you’re looking to get started in a new role, take a look at our career portal to see our nationwide openings. Also connect with ICONMA recruiters on LinkedIn. They’re always posting about new opportunities that might interest you or someone you know. Follow ICONMA on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up with our updates and find out about both internal positions and positions with our clients.
June 26, 2019