How to make yourself a valued contractor

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Companies hire contactors to add value to their organisation, wanting them to apply their skills and experience to a project or other organisational goal. Here are some ways you can add value to demonstrate your ROI and increase your chances of getting your contract extended or even your pay increased.

Measurable to the bottom line 

Always seek opportunities to identify ways you can save the company money. Is there something you can do to generate revenue? Perhaps there is a process that can be streamlined?

Visibility 

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.

Build relationships

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.

Enhancing your skills 

If there is additional training on offer you should take it. It shows 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.

Be proactive 

Simply completing the responsibilities outlined in your job description is enough to get you paid on a weekly basis, but potentially not enough to make you a valued team member. If you’re experiencing a quiet day ask your manager for something to do. Being proactive can go a long way and will also help with your visibility.

Professional

Take your job seriously – be punctual, respectful of 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 Facebook during work hours.

Avoid politics 

Try not to get involved in office politics. It can be difficult to do but you will be more highly regarded if you avoid the politics and gossip.

Ask for feedback 

One of the best ways to learn is by seeking feedback. Asking for feedback will demonstrate you are looking to improve your skills and that you value your supervisor’s experience.

Understanding what the organisation wants to achieve should start when you first speak to your recruitment consultant

Awareness 

Make sure your supervisor knows about any improvements you have made but be modest and find a way to communicate the message in a self-effacing manner.

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.

Respect your CV

Finally, deliver what you promise on your CV and in the interview. If you fail on 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 consequence.

 

Perform to the best of your ability, do what you set out to do, and go above and beyond your job description. You will be able to prove your value 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. 

 

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