As an IT Contractor, there are many skills that will stand to you when it comes to taking on your next contract. Here are 3 skills that we hear mentioned by our clients time and time again about successful contractors that they employ:

1.Team Player Skills:
Your ability to work well with others is imperative! Whether you are working with a technology that doesn’t require a huge amount of human interaction or working in a more social environment, it is important not to underestimate the value of people skills. No one wants to hire someone who doesn’t work well with other people. Being engaging, pleasant and willing to work collaboratively will stand to you on any contract that you undertake. Successful contractors take advantage of opportunities to get to know new people and contribute something to the team. Being friendly and sociable with fellow colleagues will stand to you in future roles, particularly in Ireland as the contracting world is quite small!

2. Be Web Savvy:
Technology is constantly changing and every company requires a person who can help their business develop and thrive in this space. Understanding web 2.0, new technologies as they emerge are key when working as an IT contractor. An awareness of how the web works, whether it relates to storing files in the cloud or browser cookies on a website, knowledge of this will stand to you. Technology know-how is crucial and will help you to get ahead and stay ahead of your competition. Read blogs and web resources relating to your field of expertise and continue to gain up-to-date knowledge.

3. Flexibility:
Be willing to take on and complete tasks that your company focuses on. If you do this, you will show that you are willing to follow direction, and possess a good attitude and work ethic. There are some things that must be done in different ways at times and being flexible involves taking new approaches to your work when needed. In addition to complying with a request to do something within your role, you should be willing to help your co-workers when asked. This will show that you are a valuable asset to a team and go a long way in boosting your contracting career.

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