Increasingly, companies are hiring creative professionals on a contract basis or a temp basis rather than full time. If you are a contract worker who does creative work, it can sometimes be difficult to jump around from job tojob and still succeed fully at the work you do. You need to be ready to jump in and hit the ground running right away when you get hired, and you want to become a part of the team so you can do your job right and benefit from good collaboration.
You can feel part of the team when you get a creative contract assignment by following these basic tips.
Don’t try to come in with all of the answers
If you immediately start off by trying to change company processes or impose your will, you are going to create hostility and it will be difficult for you to ever be accepted. If you come in ready to listen and learn, existing staff is more likely to embrace you and work with you as a team member who is committed to achieving the goal of shared success.
Accept your role as a contract worker
While you shouldn’t act as though you’re subordinate and shouldn’t be made to feel like a second-class citizen, you also need to accept the reality of your situation. Don’t act like you are settling in permanently if you were just hired to do a specific job.
Know your job and stick to it
If you are good at what you do and you do it well, people are going to respect you. You don’t want to encroach upon the territory of others and foster resentment; instead, focus on being the very best you can be at doing what you were brought in for.
Let your personality shine through so people can get to know you. Make sure you are genuine and true to who you are, as people don’t like feeling as though they’re being tricked or condescended to by someone who is trying too hard to fit in.
Make sure you find a good company which is going to allow contract workers to feel like team players. Vanguard Staffing has relationships with top companies who hire contract workers and who treat them right. Let our creative staffing firm help you find interesting contract work in your creative field with a company that is going to respect what you have to offer. Contact us today to find out more.