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What’s The Most Important Trait For Today’s Independent Contractor?

John Jennings discusses the value of flexibility in the independent contractor arena and how this particular trait can even help to make them a greater asset than a full time employee, in certain situations.


(Monday June 10th, 2013) United Kingdom - John Jennings says: “One of the big buzzwords across the worlds of industry and commerce today is ”flexibility.“ The independent contractor really loves this word as it epitomises what they bring to the table and have to offer.”

The employment landscape has certainly changed in the last 5 to 10 years. We know that employers are far more hesitant to take on full or even part-time staff and are looking for alternative options. Some people might only attribute this to the downturn in the economy, but other people who tend to see the glass as being half full might point to changes in technology and significant advances across cultural and corporate environments.”

Host John Jennings conveys that: “The independent contractor is ultimately flexible, certainly in the eyes of the potential client organisation. If it can be shown that the contractor has equally as good a skill set as a potential full-time employee then the client organisation needs to think long and hard about their selection process here. All things being equal it is often better to cultivate an arrangement with an independent contractor, where the supply of services can be essentially turned on and off as needed. ”

At this point John Jennings goes on to say: “As more and more people opt for entrepreneurialism and consider how they can become an independent contractor there is an inexorable shift in the skilled labour landscape. As people with skills in any one area are now more likely to be independent rather than seeking the ”security“ of a full-time job, thus the corporate recruiter begins to shift overall policies and procedures.”

John then puts forward a very important question: “So is it an advantage to have a freelance past in the eyes of a potential client? There was a time when a CV with much activity was seen as being a disadvantage. In other words somebody was jumping from job to job in the eyes of the recruiter and this would not necessarily be a stable choice. However, as more and more independent contractors enter the marketplace so the recruiter has to look with fresh eyes on the experience of the past. The independent individual is likely to have attained far more experience in varied situations and when working for different organisations and this could be seen as having more value. ”

John Jennings of ProfessionalRep.Net says: “When presenting yourself to potential client organisations as a self-employed entrepreneur it is absolutely advantageous to show that you have engaged independent contractor services to help with your day-to-day operational support. This shows that you are forward thinking and organised so that you can bring your innovative and motivated approach to bear on the tasks ahead.”

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