Managing the transition into a different contract role

Adjusting to life in a new job can be difficult, especially as a contractor. You have been hired for your expertise and from the moment you walk in the door you are expected to provide instant value, so you’ll be forgive for being a little overwhelmed.

In the following paragraphs we’ll offer you some top tips on managing the transition into a different contract role.

Make sure the role is right for you

The easiest thing to make the transition into a new contract role much easier is to enjoy the work you are doing and get some real satisfaction out of it. As a result, before you even apply for a new position, make sure that you read the job description carefully to find out what will be expected of you on a day-to-day basis.

It would also be useful to create a list of your skills and rank them from strongest to weakest. This will allow you to almost create a checklist for prospective positions by matching the demands of the job to your skillset. If the job doesn’t utilise your key skills, you could struggle to be happy working with that particular client and the transition into the role could be extremely difficult.

Understand the way things work

Every company has its own individual processes and ways of doing things. Some contractors will work in isolation whereas others have to take a far more hands on approach and interact regularly with people in the business. If you are required to work regularly with others, it’s worth taking your first few days to understand the company culture – don’t be afraid to ask people questions if you are confused about certain internal processes.

Once you have a better understanding of the way people work and how they respond to different situations, you’ll find it much easier to integrate yourself in.

Perform well

Remember at all times that you have been hired as an expert and that the company wants to get every last bit of value out of you. Therefore, it is important to focus on the task at hand and getting your job done.

If your client is please with the quality of your work and the value that it has provided their business with you’ll be much happier in your role. After all, aside from getting paid on time, there really is nothing better than a happy client.

Hire a good accountant

Tax is complicated and the last thing you need is to be worrying about tax and HMRC whilst you’re settling into a new contract position. A good accountant can bear much of the burden by taking care of all of your accountancy needs, leaving you with more time to focus on the day-to-day demands of being a contractor.

At Contractor Accountants Online, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest level of customer service. If ever our clients have a question or need our advice, we are never more than a phone call away.

For just £55 per month, you’ll benefit form our all-inclusive accountancy package. There are no hidden extras and our accountants are qualified, so you can rest easy in the knowledge that professionals are managing your accountancy affairs.

To find out more about our low-cost contractor accountancy solution, call our friendly accountants on 020 7481 4743.

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