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How To List Contract Work On Your Resume

How To List Contract Work On Your Resume

More and more companies are hiring employees on a contract basis. And in today’s “gig economy,” this contract work is especially appealing to many job seekers as they allow for increased flexibility and potentially even higher wages. However, creating a resume full of contract work is a little different than it would be for someone who has strictly worked in a permanent capacity. Here are a few important things you’ll want to consider when crafting your contractor resume:

Distinguish contract from permanent roles

If you have a mix of contract and permanent positions in your work history, it’s important to distinguish between the two on your resume. Oftentimes, employers will spot short work stints and automatically assume there’s some element of “job hopping” going on. However, if you identify your roles as contact, it’s understood that it was a temporary position, and therefore, more short-term. Here’s a great example of how to do that:

Company Name – Chicago, IL

Electrical Engineer Project Manager; Contract (March – December 2017)

Company Name – Westmont, IL

Electrical Engineer; Permanent (November 2014 – March 2017)

Don’t limit yourself to one page

You may have read articles suggesting that you need to keep your resume under one page. This is NOT true (especially for contractors)! Because you often have many more, shorter-term roles, that space on your resume can add up quickly. Feel free to extend your document beyond one page, as it’s essential to show the diversity of roles and experiences in your background of contract work.

Focus your bullets on what’s most relevant

While you certainly have permission to extend your resume beyond one page, it’s still important to keep it concise. Chances are, you’ve worn many hats throughout your contract career. Many of your experiences are probably relevant to your future career, while others, not so much. Keep the bullet points throughout your resume focused on what’s most essential to your next role and remove anything erroneous.

Keep in mind, this may vary between job applications. What is relevant for one position may be completely unnecessary for another. This is why it’s essential to custom-tailor your resume to each position to which you submit an application. Review the job description, and align your past skills and experiences to match what’s required. While it may be a little extra work, it will go a long way in landing you your next position!

Contract Work, Contractors, Contracting, Temporary Work

Why Contract Work Is Appealing In Today’s Job Market

Contract Work, Contractors, Contracting, Temporary Work

You may have heard some refer to today’s job market as a “gig economy.” But what does that mean, exactly? In 2018, nearly 15.5 million U.S. workers had alternative employment. This statistic includes independent contractors, on-call workers, temporary help agency workers, and workers provided by contract firms. So, what makes these alternative work options so appealing? Here are four reasons why both candidates and employers are considering contract work arrangements more and more.

Try something new

Dabbling in contract work gives you the opportunity to expand your skillset. Testing unchartered waters in a job that is just outside of your work history with a short-term contract is a great way to give it a trial run. Additionally, having the opportunity to work in new industries with varied teams allows you to gain exposure to different environments and work styles. It’s kind of like trying before you buy! It’s easier to try new opportunities on a contract basis than to head straight into a brand new career.

More flexibility

Contract jobs are perfect for keeping your career options open. Working on a contract assignment often comes with the ability to work flexible hours. These flexible options can be very appealing during today’s gig economy. Thinking about relocating or making another huge life decision? Contract assignments can be perfect while you’re waiting for a more permanent change.

Possibly better pay

While contract work often doesn’t provide the same benefit options as full-time positions, you may have the ability to receive a spike in pay. Because contract employees get paid for every hour they work rather than a flat salary, people who work overtime will especially reap the rewards of a temporary position.

Future options

Contract work significantly increases your network and connections. It also opens the door for future opportunities. A handful of the contractors at Johnson Service Group are invited to work full-time once their contract is up. However, you may decide down the road that you’re ready to convert to a salaried position. If this occurs, you already have established a rapport with numerous companies in your industry that are familiar with your talent.

2018 Hiring & Staffing Trends

6 Hiring & Staffing Trends On The Rise In 2018

2018 Hiring & Staffing Trends

We’re in a new year which means new goals for candidates and companies alike. Many organizations are desperate to boost their talent by hiring employees poised for growth and advancement. Candidates, however, have a wealth of options in today’s candidate-driven market. Here’s a look at the staffing and hiring trends that will drive the job market in 2018.

Hiring Will Increase

Hiring was strong in 2017, the year ending with around a 4% unemployment rate. This push for hiring will continue to grow into 2018, with 61% of companies expecting to hire more talent in 2018 than the year previous. The best part? Companies are hiring to support growth – with 56% of employers aiming to use fresh talent to push growth agendas, and only 13% hiring to backfill open positions. (Source: Indeed)

Competition Is Hot

With the unemployment rate being so low, competition for hiring top talent is at an all-time high. 42% of employers are concerned about finding the candidate’s they need to fill new and existing positions.

The U.S. Tax Reform Bill

Whether you are for it or against it, the U.S. Tax Reform Bill was signed into law by President Trump on December 22. The tax reform will provide a whopping $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to corporations and businesses. These reductions in taxes may result in a boom in the economy and companies may look to create more jobs with their tax savings.

Increase In Contract Work

“In 2018 we expect to see a continued imbalance between a tight labor supply and fairly robust demand,” says Patrick Beharelle, CEO of TrueBlue. “And with such low unemployment, you tend to see more churn.” (Source: Monster) Rapid turnover in a candidate-driven market often increases the demand for temporary or temp-to-perm hiring. In 2018, employers will be eager to hire employees and train as they go in an effort to fill critical needs quickly.

Tech & STEM Will Lead The Way

2018 will continue to be a year of technological advancement and companies who want to stay competitive will be looking to hire top tech talent. Other STEM positions will also be in high demand as drones, streamlined product development, and data analysis become more and more prevalent in business operations. Between now and 2022, over one million new STEM jobs are expected to be created, with about half not even requiring a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, 93% of STEM occupations boast wages above the national average and these numbers are expected to continue rising as competition for this skilled talent increases.

Healthcare is Now the U.S.’s Largest Employer

Due to the escalation of medical spending and the inevitable aging of the U.S. population, the Healthcare industry just surpassed the manufacturing and retail markets as the largest source of jobs in the United States.