Don’t Get Fired – Get Your IT Contract Extended

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So you love your project and you love your client. The money and the hours are good and you can do the commute in your sleep (literally), but you are not sure if your contract will be extended past the original end date.

What can you do about it?

What you may not realize is that you can absolutely influence the outcome of your contract by doing the following:

1.)  Become invaluable by learning your client’s business

A contractor is, by nature, viewed as a temporary fix to a specific client problem.  That was your ticket in the door, but time is on your side.  Use your original contract duration to not only complete your main job, but also look for opportunities to provide more value to the client.  Learn the client’s business and become a Subject Matter Expert (SME). This will help you to anticipate your client’s needs and will position yourself as a true client partner. In turn, the client will view you and your role as an investment and an asset to the company, making you someone they would like to keep around.

2.)  Get your fingers in multiple projects simultaneously

This is not always possible, but if the daily tasks of your project ever slow down, offer to help your client on another project while you are waiting for things to pick up. I have personally benefited from doing this because project 1 was ultimately canceled and I was already embedded in project 2, so I continued on at the client.

3.)  Network outside of your department

Unless your client is very small, there are usually many opportunities outside of your department.  Make an effort to get to know other contractors, employees and managers in areas that utilize your skillset.  When your contract is coming up to the end date, get the word out that you are available.  The other department would rather have a resource that is already proven than taking a chance on a new resource.  There is also the side benefit of putting urgency on your current department to renew the contract before they lose you to the other department.

If you would like to talk with me confidentially about your current situation and your career goals, please fill out the Say Hello form below. Together, we can brainstorm ideas to maximize the opportunities at your current client or work to find you new opportunities at other clients.

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The featured photo on this post is “CONTRACT” by Steve Snodgrass and is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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As a life-long consultant himself, Bert founded Solving IT in 1992 with the vision of transforming IT departments within Fortune 1000 companies. Under his leadership, and with support from many valued team members along the way, the one-man shop he started is approaching 25 years of excellence in the IT solutions and recruitment industry and has employed over 800 consultants and full-time employees in its tenure. He continues to be a hands-on leader and is a key supporter of a fun and productive work environment, as well as the IT recruitment industry overall.