19 October 2015
Hiring the Contractor
The term contractor (or consultant) seems to engender images of
a room full of flighty greybeards, honing their solitaire skills
with terms like billable hours being thrown around in casual
It is little wonder with these common misconceptions that a
number of companies are reluctant to employ even the most
experienced and qualified candidates when a significant amount of
their employment history is prefaced by the word "contractor‟.
I thought I would take some time to present another scenario for
you to consider:
Contractors - Your very own walking, talking dictionary.
With changes in the market I have spoken to a number of
experienced contractors and consultants enquiring about full time
Strengths of a Contractor / Consultant
- - They are often strong transformational leaders. Bringing
about change to improve X, Y and Z is on the position description
of every consultant I come across.
- - Successful consultants are able to change the deepest set
culture to revitalize areas of your business; an extremely valuable
weapon to have at your disposal. In some ways their success is seen
as their downfall with movement between companies seen as
instability rather than an ability to achieve a desired
- - With their employment terms being outside of the norms it is
also very common for a consultant to have more than "traditional‟
levels of responsibility. Their work is their reputation and the
decisions they make are not sheltered by the organizations they
work for. This makes them careful and encourages them to take pride
in their work. Excellent traits to find in any employee.
- - Been there, done that, happy to do it again. Yes, consultants
work on a variety of projects. This is a great reason to consider
them your very own walking talking dictionary. They bring with them
the experience of other peoples trials and errors, saving you time
Far from the images that the title "contractor" (or consultant)
conjures are a number of extremely talented and experienced
individuals who are seeking longer term commitment and could make a
great difference to your organisation.
Where do youstand on the contractor debate?
Want to hire a consultant, contractor, temporary employee?
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or 1300 Stealth (13007832584) for more information.