Contracting

These Are the Most Important Traits of Successful Consultants

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Whether by choice or necessity, more IT professionals are working as consultants. In 2013, management and technical consulting services accounted for more than 48 percent of all newly created IT jobs, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, what does it take to be a successful consultant? Among other things, the right attitude to move from project to project, and an understanding of the challenges contract employees face. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate Many consultants complain that they’re handed assignments that aren’t… continue…

How to Become an Independent Contractor

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Frustrated with the longer time it can take them to find new jobs, many older workers are thinking about setting themselves up as independent consultants. However, they don’t all realize that involves more than technical smarts: A lack of business and marketing acumen will doom even the most experienced technology experts. Consulting can be lucrative and many companies are quicker to hire for shorter, specific projects. However, it may not be a panacea, observes Carl Angotti, board member of Santa… continue…

Here’s Where Tech Contractors Will Be Hired in the Next 18 Months

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Contractors focusing on app development will be in the greatest demand over the next 12 to 18 months, according to a survey by technology resource provider Mondo. These contract apps developers will be riding a broader wave of increased hiring among technology contractors overall: Forty eight percent of the IT decision-makers surveyed plan to hire more contractors than full-time workers during the period. Additionally, 32 percent say they’ll increase their annual IT contractor budgets. Economic Improvements Despite the government shutdown… continue…

More Tech Professionals Pushed Into Contracting

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Employment isn’t what it used to be, and for many tech workers it may never be again. As America slowly emerges from recession, employment growth isn’t following. Increasingly, workers find themselves with piecemeal employment, no benefits and what appears to be no way back into a full-time job. “Will we all be freelancers soon?” asked a recent headline in U.S. News & World Report. The accompanying story reported how: 6 in 10 companies have plans to hire more freelancers in… continue…

Can Healthcare.gov Fix Itself by November’s End?

Problems with the Website’s IT infrastructure are reportedly proving difficult to solve. continue…

Take Advantage of Those Consulting Gaps – Part 2

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I’ve been writing about what we can constructively do with the scary gaps in our consulting assignments, otherwise known as “bench time.” In part one, I looked at two of my five suggestions: Attend a Conference: You’ll learn about new technology and may be able to network and gain new clients in the process. Publish Expert Content Articles: Write about your areas of expertise. It’ll expand your horizons, get your name out to more potential customers and generally raise your… continue…

Take Advantage of Those Consulting Gaps – Part 1

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“Downtime” and “non-billable hours” are two terms that can strike fear into the most confident consultant – especially in a questionable economy. And for good reason: Too many of either can make the difference between succeeding and calling it quits. But downtime happens and it’s the reason we often charge what we do for our services. There’s rarely “100 percent utilization,” right? In reality, it usually ends up being 200 percent or 10 percent. Sometimes we work non-stop for 48… continue…

Success Tips for Business Analysis Contractors

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In a webinar from the International Institute of Business Analysis, Laurie Ryan gave some great advice on being a contractor Business Analyst, and shared some effective ways of succeeding from job to job. If you’re a contractor now, or are thinking of becoming one, here are some of Laurie’s nice, handy pieces of advice to keep in mind. Ask hiring managers as many questions as you want. They should be able to give you any information you need. If you… continue…

What If My Client Wants to Hire Me Full-Time?

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It’s always nice to be wanted – especially at the end of a job well done for a client you enjoy working for — and who now wants to hire you full-time. Of course, you need to take stock in their reasoning: Do they really want to keep you around forever, or is it more likely that they need you for longer than they anticipated, and/or it’s a cost-saving measure disguised as a compliment. Either way, it feels good and… continue…

4 Tips to Combat Consulting Burnout

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IT consultants can get worn out or burned out for a number of reasons, but those reasons can help you identify possible next steps to take to keep your career going. Let’s look at the reasons first, and then examine possible ways to combat burnout and keep moving forward. Technology Consultants have a reputation for living on the leading edge of technology and often see that as a reason they’re called in to save the day. It’s difficult to wake… continue…