Advance Your Career Through Contract Assignments


Some professionals shy away from temporary roles. Often, this is over concerns the position is finite in nature, believing it could hurt their career over the long term. After all, regular job-hopping can negatively impact the way a recruiting or hiring manager views a candidate. Contract work – especially in the government environment or within the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) communities – is common, simply due to the nature of the work. In fact, temporary assignments can help propel your career forward, giving you the means to reach your long-term goals.

Temporary Does Not Always Imply “Flaky”

Temporary or contract positions are not uncommon in the AEC communities, in the Federal environment and in many other industries, simply due to the nature of the work. In many instances, these assignments continue for months or even years, depending on the situation. Usually, the only characteristic that leads to a job to being classified as such, is that the position is not considered permanent. A contract role could allow you to grow your professional network, build relationships and gain valuable professional references who can attest to your skills and performance. Ultimately, all of these points can help you advance your career, even if the job is not permanent.

Contract Roles Provide Opportunities for Development

If you have skills gaps on your resume that are preventing you from landing coveted roles, finding a short-term contract assignment that allows you to fill any voids is a smart move. Use the opportunity to learn a new skill, hone an existing one or take on duties you have not had elsewhere. Make the most of the on-the-job training and take advantage of any learning opportunities, formal or otherwise.

Temporary Work is a Chance to Test Out New Waters

For professionals interested in making a career change, a temporary assignment in your target field can be a great way to test the waters. While working in the role, you will be subjected to the same level of accountability as anyone in a permanent position, giving you a chance to explore what the opportunity has to offer and determine whether you want to make a permanent switch. If so, you can proceed into your new career with confidence and some experience under your belt. If not, you can choose another path that feels right to you.

Build Your Career in a Contract Role with RealStreet

If you are interested in learning more about how contract assignments can further your long-term career goals or are seeking out new opportunities in the architecture, engineering or construction fields, the professionals at RealStreet can help. Contact us to learn more about what we have to offer today and see how our services can benefit you.

A career in construction administration and management can be (and for me has been) one of constant transition. It’s rather common that employment with a given company starts and finishes with each successive project; you’re a new hire as it’s just getting “out of the ground,” then finished and looking for a new project (and Read More…

Greg Wangler, Pentagon Construction Management Division

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