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So you have become a contractor or consultant, but you are not sure what to do next.
Every situation is different, so there isn’t a single solution. What we do know is that 90% of all contractors who we currently engaged with are incorporated.
There are several reasons for this:
In our experience, professionals who are incorporated get more work and are paid higher. So, if you are serious about being a contractor, becoming incorporated will increase your chances of landing a contract and allow you to make more money. Getting incorporated is now one of the easiest things to do. We do recommend you seek accounting advice to ensure incorporation is the best option for your specific situation before starting the process.
Here are some helpful links to start the process:
Insurance is critical to the survival of any small business.
You might be wondering, “what insurance do I need as an IT contractor and how do I get it?” or “my business has little in the way of track record and no previous business insurance, will that make it more expensive?”
Not to worry, Ignite has you covered. All consultants working under contract with Ignite are extended our coverage for free GLI and PL Insurance.
This insurance policy covers against all liability exposures of a business. This covers any bodily injury or property damage incurred that the insured is deemed liable for. Premises and operations coverage for bodily injury incurred on the premises of the insured, and/or as the result of the insured’s business operations.
An error or omission which causes financial harm to another can occur on almost any transaction in any profession. This type of insurance helps to protect a professional, an individual or a company from bearing the full cost of defence for lawsuits relating to an error or omission in providing covered Professional Services.
An interview is like an exam. Walking in unprepared is like taking a test without studying.
It can be done but you are rolling the dice on whether you will succeed. The more energy you invest in preparing for your interview, the greater the odds are that you will end up with a positive result.
The person you are meeting is not just considering you for this role, but will consider any other possible opening and every other role that may come up in the future. First impressions only happen once. Before you step foot into an interview room, you must know as much about the company and the position as you possibly can. In today’s world of communication, there’s no excuse for lack of research.
After you have studied the company, write out answers to a list of questions a contractor should ask:
Here are some questions you may get:
Too many people second-guess themselves after an interview. By closing strongly and asking the right questions, you can eliminate the post-interview doubts that tend to plague most interviewees.
If you feel the interview is going well and you would like to take the next step, express your interest to the hiring authority and turn the tables a bit. Try something like the following: “After hearing more about your company, the position and the responsibilities at hand, I am certain that I possess the qualities you are looking for in the (title) position. Based on our conversation and my qualifications, are there any issues or concerns you have that would lead you to believe otherwise?” You have a right to be assertive. This is a great closing question because it opens the door for the hiring authority to be honest with you about his or her feelings. If concerns do exist, this is a great opportunity to overcome them. You have one final chance to dispel the concerns, sell your strengths and end the interview on positive note.
Make sure you answer the following two questions: “Why are you interested in the company?” and “What can you offer?”
Express thanks for the interviewer’s time and consideration. Ask for the interviewer’s business card.
When you leave, immediately write down key issues uncovered in the interview. Think of the qualifications the employer is looking for and match your strengths to them. Also, don’t forget to call your recruiter. Immediate follow-up is critical.
Writing a resume should be a simple job. But for many people, it’s the most challenging action they may ever undertake.
Everyone has their own opinion, yet no one answer is either right or wrong.
Most professionals in our industry use a chronological resume, one which lists projects, employment and education history in order, starting with the most recent experience. There are many reasons for this, but all the consultants we place, use a chronological resume.
Ignite has enclosed a resume template for you to use as a starting point. Over the years, our Account Managers have found this format brings great success in placing exceptional people.
When writing your resume, consider the following points:
While these points alone will not get you hired, it is the best way to highlight your skills in a way a potential employer can easily identify them.