As a recruiter, you may be capitalizing on the rising trend of contract workers looking for flexibility in their career. If so, you want contractors with various hard and soft skills that match your clients’ needs. By educating contractors on the importance of improving and refining their skills, you open up a wider candidate base from which to place contractors with your clients so that everyone wins.
Hard skills are teachable, quantifiable, and include specific knowledge and abilities necessary for a role. For instance, transferrable skills such as writing or math ability can be applied to different career fields. Job-specific skills such as payroll skills are required for a set position. Taking a contract position to learn a new programming language or a new technical skill provides the perfect opportunity to develop a new skill that is tangible to a job candidate’s future job prospects.
Also known as people skills, they relate to a person’s personality and ability to work with others. For instance, a contractor may strengthen communication skills by monitoring their body language, practicing formal and conversational speaking, and proofreading their writing skills before sending a message. They may enhance collaboration skills by evenly dividing up work, remaining open-minded, and making everyone feel important. A contractor may increase creativity by regularly brainstorming ideas, working with creative people, and showing up for work well rested.
Whether a contractor invested money in a college degree or entered the workforce right after high school, it is important that they continue to build on their knowledge base and experience level to remain employable. With rapid changes causing most fields to continually evolve, contractors need to remain current with those developments to continue adding value for an employer. The more skills a contractor has, the more initiative they have, and the greater they stand out from the competition. More desirable skills lead to better opportunities, income, and perks.
Because employers want the best talent, they look to leaders who possess the expertise in the necessary area. Continually learning and refining skills and applying them to work situations increases a contractor’s visibility as a master in their field and brings additional opportunities their way.
Having a variety of updated skills means a contractor is qualified to take on a variety of work. Establishing a strong track record of fulfilling contract duties and terms shows adaptability in diverse situations, the ability to work individually and collaboratively, and the desire to follow through on commitments.
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