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Ronan Connolly 🛠 • Edited on

I find my gigs through a recruitment agency.
They have offices all around the world, so if I want to move somewhere they set up a bunch of interviews for me.
They also help with negotiating contract renewals, and rate increases.
However they usually add on 10% to 20% on top of your daily rate so they get paid well!
In a few years I should have enough contractor clients that I can get new gigs via referals from other contractors I know, since companies that hire one contractor usually have a need for more contractors.
This also helps in the interview process as you have a member of the team vouching for you.

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Jen Miller Author • Edited on

I find my gigs through a recruitment agency.

Having contact with a good recruitment agency is a really helpful thing. I think it's one of the important aspects of contracting too. There's alot of bad recruiters out there, but if you can find a good one, it can really make finding gigs way easier. Glad you find a good one.

yeah referrals from past collages is a great way of getting gigs!
I have a few contractor friends who have not interviewed for a contract for years and years. They rotate among a set of core anchor clients. Hopefully you can reach that goal too...b/c it sounds pretty great not having to interview for jobs...

I actually have an entire blog post devoted on tips contractors can do to try and reduce their interview burden...just need more time...

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Ronan Connolly 🛠 • Edited on

Having contact with a good recruitment agency is a really helpful thing.

My current recruitment agent is really good.
I wouldn't have started contracting for many years if it wasn't for him.

He sits between the client & the accountancy firm and pushes both sides to get payments through as quick as possible. Usually takes 1 to 3 days to get paid.

He can also write letters of recommendation mortgages and that kind of thing since I'm a client of his.

There's alot of bad recruiters out there

To be honest, I've heard more bad than good things about recruiters, most people resent them as they see them as these people who don't really do anything but take 10% to 20% of their pay. I guess most people don't see the value or have really hands-off recruiters.

I really enjoy that I can focus on working, and can have my agent deal with the sourcing of work, negotiating of rates, and hassle of interacting with the client.

Perhaps when I reach a pay ceiling I may consider applying directly as then I can take back some of the cut that the recruiters take.

The recruiters will tell you that the clients don't take their cut into account, but I find that hard to believe. You cost the client a certain amount per day, and that's the bottom line for them.

I'd be interested in your thoughts on this.

They rotate among a set of core anchor clients.

This is the goal! I already have contractor colleagues that are in three different companies, and those companies are looking to hire more contractors.

I actually have an entire blog post ...

Looking forward! When are you thinking of releasing it?
There are not many contractor blog posts, great to see someone talking about it!

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Jen Miller Author

From my exp working at large fintech orgs, we use agencies all the time for candidates. From what I've seen:

1) Yes, places rather pay a lower rate if they can get away with it....but

2) There's a budget of how much a org is willing to pay for someone regardless if the agency adding 20% market on individual contractor rate or not...but many places can't afford the time and resources it takes to look for contractors on the open market.

One thing that's kinda on my mind is that sometimes I'll pass along a resume of a friend, or someone I personally met to HR and see if they are a fit. Let's name him "Peter" .

I'll sometimes find out that they've already seen Peter's resume via a agency, so that agency "owns" the relationship..and the organization will not init any communication to Peter. Peter has to reach out himself...which kind of defeats the purpose of having a inside person pass along your resume...and that part is kind of unsettling..