Contract work may not appeal to everyone, but it does offer some attractive advantages for those willing to take responsibility for their personal career development.
According to Eunice Ng, director at Avanza Consulting Pacific, people who work on contract usually fall into one of two categories - those looking for more work-life balance, and those positioning themselves for a permanent role down the road.
For the former, Ng highlights the need to keep skills up-to-date and make sure that industry-knowledge remains relevant at all times. As for those in search of a permanent role, she recommends focusing on acquiring the hard skills needed for future positions.
When it comes to job interviews, Ng says candidates should be able to clearly articulate why they took up each assignment as "employers need to know that they are serious about committing to a permanent post."
These explanations - which can be centred around a particular skill set, industry, or eve