10 Tips to Find an IT Contract Online

  1. Work on the CV – Submit your CV with each individual application you make, and spend an hour or two focusing it on the role you’re applying for but don’t add anything to it that you couldn’t effortlessly demonstrate a professional competency in should you be asked. Take out anything that would be of no interest to the hiring-manager and replace it with something that is. A covering letter in which you detail why this is the right job for you (or why you’re the right person for the job if that’s your angle) always helps. A good time to do this is Sunday afternoon for jobs that were posted to the job-boards late on Friday. That way when you submit the application on Sunday evening, on Monday morning it will be at the top of the recruiter’s inbox.
  2. Apply for Jobs – Try to apply for five or six jobs per working day and check the job boards hourly (or set email/sms alerts). For the reasons above, the first matching application seen is frequently the one followed up. Even if these are not really suitable jobs, ninety-five percent of your applications will be ignored anyway, so these can be robo-applications with a generic CV and no covering letter. If you do get a call back you can always use it for practice.
  3. Sell Yourself – You need to make an impression. In advertising, which is what you are doing when you send out your CV, an impression is counted every time the advert is seen. Two people see the same ad twice, that’s four impressions. If a recruiter sees your applications coming in several times a week he or she may get the hint that you are looking for a job and remember you. Use a template for your CV such as the one here.
  4. Know Your Agent -Hardly anybody in recruitment really gives a damn about who gets what job, just so long as the vacancy is filled. It’s all about matching applicants to vacancies. Suitability is trumped by availability. Personality ranks above skills.
  5. Aim High – Don’t be afraid to pitch yourself high from time to time. It doesn’t matter if you get rejected, and many “promotions” are gained when people leave one job and apply for the next level.
  6. Follow Up Your Applications – Applications submitted during working hours, for jobs that are worth the effort, should be followed with an immediate call to the agent. Don’t even give them time to read it. Just tell them you’re calling to draw attention to your application since “it looks like such a great job”, or whatever. Sound keen, excited even.
  7. Don’t be a mug – If an agent asks you for the names of managers you’ve worked for, politely end the call. There’s no job there, and he’s just using you to fish for contacts.
  8. Be Discrete – Don’t share knowledge of open positions you’d like for yourself with anybody, and never divulge to an agent details of any other jobs you’ve applied for – he will use that information to put his own candidates up against you.
  9. Cast A Wide Net – IT is not industry specific. We deal in abstractions and every sector wants us.
  10. Be Confident – And lastly…. IT contracts are like dates. You only ever get them when you are at your best, but you might end up stuck with them for longer than you bargained for only to get dumped at a time least suitable to you. Similarly, when you chase one that you really want and get rejected, try not to care too much and move on to the next one.



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