How Can Contract Work Help Between Jobs?

Working in the IT field is actually a pretty good choice. Jobs are available, and finding one that you want, where you want it, is not too difficult.

However, there is that period of time that occurs when you are between jobs. Just how can contract work help between jobs—so that you can make a living?

Due to the fact that technology covers a wide variety of jobs, you must be able to market your skills. For example, you may be able to use your skills from your time as an IT sales representative in a classroom setting, as a long-term substitute teacher for a technology teacher.

Substitute teaching a computer class for a long-term is a contract job, and will help fill the gap for you—but it doesn’t pay as much as a standard IT job. However, knowing a lot about computers will also help you in a different way.

While you may not think of substitute teaching as a great idea at first, consider this. Not only will you work on your people skills—even if it is mainly with kids—but teaching is a leadership position. You have to be able to take charge of a classroom, keep everyone in order, and the class on track in the given amount of time. These skills are great to add to a resume.

IT covers a large number of different areas that you are able to specialize in—and if needed, utilize the talents in different ways as your career grows and changes.

Are you a software geek—or do you know how to take computers apart and rebuild them in your sleep? Using these handy skills of yours for a short-term contract while you search for your dream career job will help.

Use your knowledge to set up a website, and offer your abilities out to others. What most people don’t understand about computers—and you do—will pay you well. Replace a hard drive, or install software. Reformat a hard drive—these are all skills that are not easy for the general public sometimes.

Computer stores and electronics stores are always looking for technicians—even on a part time contract basis. While they will give you an hourly wage, you can use the contacts you make in the stores as a way to help you find a job that you want as well.

When it comes to determining how contract work will help between jobs, you will discover that there are a number of different ways in the IT field. Some of them are obvious, while others might take a bit of thought. Use some creativity, and that gap between jobs won’t be a problem.

Erin Kennedy (7 Posts)

Erin Kennedy, MCD, CMRW, CEMC, CPRW, BS/HR, is a Certified Master & Executive Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services, Inc. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of 14+ best-selling career books and has written hundreds of career-related articles. Erin and her team of executive resume writers have achieved international recognition following nominations and wins of the prestigious T.O.R.I. (Toast of the Resume Industry) Award and advanced certifications.