How to build your reputation as a Rail Temp/Contract Worker

Posted on 27 March 2024

Have you recently moved over to contracting from being a permanent worker and want some advice on how to build your reputation as a contractor? Or have you been doing contract work for a while and want some advice on how to further your reputation in the industry? Well whatever your situation is, this article will help you! 

Backed by over a decade’s worth of innovative and unrivalled recruitment expertise, HSQ Recruitment provides our clients and candidates with temporary, permanent and contract recruitment solutions. We have been working with contracting professionals for over a decade and have helped countless contractors with new opportunities within their fields. In this article, we're highlighting the most important things you can do to help you increase your personal brand and future opportunities.

Be prepared

Before you start your assignment, make sure you have all the information you need, such as the location, hours,PPC requirements, supervisor, and tasks. Ask your recruitment consultant at HSQ for any tips or insights they have about the client. Being prepared will show that you are professional, interested, and eager to contribute.

Be flexible

One of the advantages of being a contractor is that you can experience different work styles, processes, and systems. However, this also means that you have to be flexible and adaptable to changing situations and demands. Be open to learning new things, taking on different responsibilities, and following different protocols. Be respectful of the existing culture and norms, and avoid comparing or criticising how things are done. Being flexible will show that you are cooperative, versatile, and willing to grow.

Be reliable

As a contract worker, you want to prove that you are dependable and trustworthy. This means that you must show up on time, meet your deadlines, follow instructions, and communicate effectively. If you encounter any problems, issues, or questions, don't hesitate to ask for help or clarification. Being reliable will show that you are committed, responsible, and respectful.

Be proactive

To be a successful contractor, you need to demonstrate that you are not just there to do the minimum, but to add value and make a difference. This means that you should be proactive and take initiative in your work. Look for ways to improve your performance, efficiency, or quality. Seek feedback and suggestions on how to improve your skills or knowledge. Being proactive will show that you are motivated, enthusiastic, and resourceful.

Be positive

As a contract worker, you want to create a positive impression and a good rapport with your co-workers, supervisors, and clients. You should be positive and friendly in your attitude and behaviour. Express appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity at the end of the assignment. Avoid gossip, complaints, or negativity. Being positive will show that you are confident, pleasant, and likeable.

Be professional

Being professional is paramount in the world of contracting. You want to maintain a high level of professionalism and integrity in your work. This means that you should follow the rules and policies of the company. Avoid any conflicts of interest or unethical actions. Keep your personal and work life separate. Dress appropriately and use proper language and manners. Being professional will show that you are respectful, honest, and ethical.

Work with HSQ Recruitment

Having a strong relationship with a recruitment agency is a huge benefit when contracting. Working with HSQ Recruitment means you can cut out the job search on job boards and focus on doing your actual job.

We know when your contract is up, so we can either help negotiate an extension with the current client or go out and find you another contract ready when the time comes. This removes a lot of the stress of finding your next job!

Building a strong reputation as a contract worker requires a combination of skill, professionalism, and a commitment to continuous improvement. By following these steps you can establish a reputation that attracts new clients, builds trust, and positions you as a trusted expert in your field. Remember, a solid reputation takes time to develop, so stay dedicated, deliver quality work, and let your work and attitude do the talking!

If you are keen to discuss your current situation and want to find out how we can help you make your next career step then get in touch with our team of recruitment experts. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you and your career progress.

01484 955 888

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