When recruiters call: how to pick the right agency

Contractors are faced with a dilemma that full-time employees can only wish to have. When a company has a new contract position to fill, they often put the requisition out to several preferred agencies, and many more, who aren't preferred providers, can also submit candidates. When this happens, agencies have to work fast to source, call, pre-qualify and submit candidates. So contractors are likely to get contacted by several agencies about the same position. Wow! You think. This is great! If I get submitted by five different agencies, the hiring manager will know I'm a great candidate, right? Hang on there, buster. There's a little "gotcha" in the world of contract work. A candidate can onl

How Contract Employees Work

I've been a professional contractor, on and off, for about ten years. I didn't know anything about working as a contractor when I took my first contract, and I didn't know anyone else who did, either. I was hired by an recruiter who normally staffed full-time, permanent positions, and I'll admit--I was totally unwaware of how contracting worked. Until the last seven or eight years, contractors were just professional temps who didn't actually take the place of a "permanent" employee on an ongoing basis. Well, now they do. So much so, in fact, that it's estimated that 40 percent of the entire workforce in the United States will be employed on a contractual basis at some point in their careers.

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