A contract job suffers from just one thing. The inability to provide job security. But then, it’s not something the truly exceptional need to worry about. If they are good at what they do, they can work for six months and take the next month off to pursue their many passions. This way, they can come back to work on some other project for the same or different company. Not only will this break the monotony of a 9-5 job but also get you do what you have been wanting to do in a long time. Take a break and climb the Mount Everest, for example.
Which brings us to ‘functional’ resumes compared to the existing chronological variety where dates play a significant role and not the job you did. It’s time to not only adopt the contract culture but also emphasise the work you did rather than the time you spent at a particular company. Make sure your resume demonstrates not only the quantitative part of your work experience but also the qualitative aspects to them.
It’s time to be multi-faceted and not wedded to one company doing the same thing over and over again. It’s time to take a break and do something new with your job. You could upgrade your skills and get a better pay at the same company or get into a completely different field just because you can. What’s more, you can do one better. You can work on contract and also become an adjunct faculty to transfer your knowledge to the future generation. It’s your way of giving back what you’ve learnt. And only a fixed term contract job allows you to do that.
So whether you’ve worked for just a few days, months or years, you can turn that into your unique selling proposition. Focus on the job you did rather than the duration and you’ve landed your next job. Just remember to focus on work that is relevant to the job you are applying for. And don’t forget to talk about the attributes and goodwill you carried into your every job. If your co-worker or boss expresses deep gratitude to the work, your future employer will realise how helpful, creative or hardworking you were. And that could be a great value addition to the job you are applying for.
If you are a habitual contract employee, it exemplifies traits few possess. That of accomplishing tasks in a brief period and be able to mingle with a new set of people to achieve your goals. It showcases your interpersonal skills and the fact that you worked in a team full of strangers.
Contract jobs are for those who are serious about what they do. They give their best in the shortest possible time, so they can do something better after that: pamper themselves by pursuing a hobby or fulfilling a long cherished dream.
Just the way contract jobs are redefining workplaces, it’s time our resumes did that too. Focus more on the jobs and attributes you brought to your work and pay less attention to the duration of your work. That doesn’t really matter in a world where you can chase multiple careers. And that’s precisely what WorkFlexi.in offers. A fixed term contract job after which you also get a month’s minimum basic pay, so you can look for a job in the meantime without worrying about your living expenses. Welcome to a new world where you can LIVE and not just EXIST!