So you are all set to start your contract role. Make sure that you are valued as a contractor by following these top tips.
1. Think outside the box
Make sure that you don't just come in and just complete your set tasks. Think outside of your norm and identify opportunities that can help the business save company money or perhaps create more efficient processes. This will help your employer recognise your abilities to think outside of the role you are in.
2. Make yourself noticed
Be visible in the organisation. Instead of emailing, visit your colleagues or direct managers, volunteer for extra project activities outside your job description, represent your team at meetings or ask to go along, so you can be more involved and meet a wider range of teams.
By making sure you are seen, colleagues and your employer will see how committed you are to getting involved.
3. Build relationships
Don't just come in for your contract and leave when it is over. It’s important you get to know your team. You don’t need to become friends or socialise outside of work hours but make an effort to be involved and friendly at work.
4. Enhance your skills
Never turn down the opportunity to take on additional training if it is on offer. This will show that you are willing to learn and take a keen interest in the organisation, and it may even provide an opportunity for you to network with other employees.
5. Be proactive
Simply completing the responsibilities outlined in your job description is enough to get you paid, but it might not potentially be enough to make you a valued team member. If you’re experiencing a quiet day, ask your manager for something extra to do. Being proactive can go a long way and will also help with your visibility.
6. Be professional
Take your job seriously. Make sure that you are punctual, respectful of your colleagues and company property, wear appropriate business attire and be diligent in the work you perform. This also includes avoiding unnecessary internet usage such as social media sites during work hours.
7. Avoid the water cooler gossip
Although it sometimes can be difficult, try to not get involved in office politics. You will be more highly regarded if you avoid the politics and gossip and just rather focus on building positive working relationships.
8. Ask for feedback
One of the best ways to learn is by seeking feedback. Asking for feedback will demonstrate that you are looking to improve your skills, that you value your supervisor’s experience and that you want to learn. Take this opportunity to help make sure your supervisor knows about any improvements you have made during your contract. By finding a way to communicate the message in a self-effacing manner you will be able to show your employer how you have added value to the company during your short time.
9. Take responsibility
It is your responsibility to fill out your timesheets, expense forms and any other paperwork required by the organisation. They are basic requirements but making sure these tasks are done in a timely fashion illustrates you are responsible, reliable and organised.
10. Respect your CV
Finally, deliver what you have promised in your CV and during the interview. If you fail to do this and don’t apply your skills and experience to the best of your ability, then any additional value add you deliver will be of little importance to your current employer.
Perform to the best of your ability, do what you set out to do, and go above and beyond your job description. You will demonstrate the value that you add to the business and be in a strong position to have your contract extended or at the very least, come highly recommended for future contracts.