Want a career boost, but aren’t sure how to go about it – especially if you’re currently between long-term employers?
Regular ups and downs in the energy industry leave many professionals wondering which “next step” to take. If you’re one of them, a contract position might be a great way to advance your career. Here’s how:
Use contract positions to find the right “fit.”
Maybe you love your work, but you’ve never quite gotten along with any of your bosses or felt like you really “fit in” with your fellow employees. Or maybe you’ve found employers that you loved, but you didn’t quite feel like the job captured your attention and enthusiasm.
Contract positions are a great way to try out new projects, skills, and employers as you try to determine what makes a job and a workplace a good “fit” for you. The more you learn, the closer you get to finding your dream job.
Learn new skills or sharpen existing ones.
Because many contract positions are project-specific, they give you the chance to learn a new skill or to sharpen an existing skill in a focused environment. Unlike long-term positions that come with a list of day-to-day demands in addition to the occasional project work, contract positions focus on the project, leaving the daily tasks to the everyday staff. This gives you the chance to get better at a particular process or skill – and set yourself apart as an expert.
Expand your professional network.
Every contract position gives you the chance to meet new professional contacts, any of whom may hear of a job opening that meets your long-term goals. Your co-workers and supervisors on each new job see your skills and approach to work firsthand, making them ideal current references when it’s time to apply for another job.
Get paid to be “between jobs.”
Contract work helps you bridge the gap between more long-term positions, keeping your career moving forward and earning income while you seek your long-term dream job. You’re learning new skills and demonstrating your passion for and commitment to the energy industry and both qualities are highly prized by hiring managers.
At FootBridge Energy Services, our experienced recruiters specialize in placing qualified professionals with great employers in the oil and gas industries. Contact us today to learn more.