Re: Contract Work! How is the Market Really??? I really need some-- opinions

Subject: Re: Contract Work! How is the Market Really??? I really need some-- opinions
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 10:22:45 -0800


jsokohl -at- mac -dot- com wrote:

So it seems that what John and Bruce are saying is that the market for
consultants is good--if you have the ability and the temperament for
consulting, you will have no problems getting a job in today's climate.

Well, no, I didn't quite say that. If you remember, the original poster had a promising contract job lined up. Under those circumstances, the only real issue was whether the poster was tempermentally suited for contract work. I would give quite different advice to someone contemplating a jump into contracting without any work lined up: Don't unless you have no choice.

From my experience in the Vancouver, Canada market, even contractors have it rougher than in the glory days of 1999. However, even now, they seem to have it better than those looking for full-time work. While companies will think twice - or even three times - about hiring a contractor, often they won't consider hiring a full-time employee at all. Contracting is better, but only relatively so unless you've been at the game for a number of years and you've developed a good reputation.

However, I think that contractors are often tempermentally better suited to facing hard times, too. Experienced contractors are used to looking for work all the time - it's a necessity for them. Also, they are more likely to have put money aside for a rainy day, and are usually more accustomed to jobs ending; what may devastate a full-time worker is simply standard procedure for a contractor. As I'm fond of pointing out to those who are looking for job security, the main advantage of being a contractor is that I know when my job is going to end, while a full-timer doesn't. I can prepare for the end of a job, while a full-timer is often blind-sided.

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