The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a SkillGigs IT Contractor

The demand for IT professionals is soaring as technologies continue to transform. Careers in information technology continue to experience remarkable growth with over 3 million active in the workforce in January 2023 and projected to surpass 6.1 million by 2032 (source). Salaries in IT management reach an impressive average of $152,000, while software developers and cybersecurity engineers earn on average, between $120,000 and $130,000 annually.  With a projected growth rate of 15% from 2021 to 2031, the employment outlook for IT professionals is exceptional. This expansion is expected to generate around 682,800 new jobs over the decade. 

Emerging trends such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are reshaping the business landscape and creating a strong demand for specialized IT skills. As organizations adapt and embrace these transformative technologies, the need for skilled IT contractors with expertise in these areas is set to increase, providing a wealth of opportunities for IT professionals to thrive and grow their careers. We have seen the demand with our own employer partners within the marketplace, and even LinkedIn has reported that “postings for contract work jumped 36%…, while those for permanent positions rose just 2%.”  

IT contractors often can work on exciting and cutting-edge projects, tackling unique challenges that contribute to their professional development. Hourly rates typically fall between $25 and $77, offering flexibility and competitive compensation (source). By becoming an IT contractor, you will have the freedom to allow for a diversified experience, and exposure to various industries, continue your growth, and gamify your entire career — level up! 

When it comes to finding the right IT contracting opportunities, SkillGigs emerges as an invaluable resource. We invite you to become a SkillGigs IT contractor and join thousands of your colleagues looking to disrupt the traditional methods in landing a gig. It is your time to demand the pay you deserve while having access to unlimited opportunities and not being controlled by a traditional staffing agency. By joining as a SkillGigs IT contractor, professionals gain access to a vast network of top-tier companies, exciting projects, and the chance to work with industry leaders. 

 In the following sections, we will guide you through the necessary steps to become a SkillGigs IT contractor and secure high-quality gigs. From just getting started, all the way to navigating the application process, we get you into your chosen IT specialization. This guide will provide you with the insights and strategies needed to thrive in the dynamic world of IT. 

Step 1: Acquire the Required Skills and Education

To excel as an IT contractor, it is essential to acquire the necessary skills and education. While formal education is not always a requirement, it can significantly enhance your prospects. Consider pursuing a degree in computer science, information technology, or a related field. Additionally, focus on developing technical skills relevant to your desired IT specialization, such as programming languages, networking, cybersecurity, or database management. 

Step 2: Build a Strong Professional Profile

Creating a strong professional profile is crucial for attracting the attention of potential employers. Start by compiling a comprehensive resume that highlights your skills, education, certifications, and relevant work experience. Showcase your projects, achievements, and any specialized training you have undergone. Additionally, consider building an online portfolio or personal website to showcase your work and demonstrate your expertise. 

Step 3: Gain Practical Experience

Practical experience is invaluable in the IT field. Look for internships, part-time positions, or freelance projects to gain hands-on experience in real-world scenarios. These opportunities will allow you to apply your knowledge, develop problem-solving skills, and expand your professional network. Practical experience can significantly enhance your chances of securing high-quality IT gigs. 

Step 4: Stay Updated with the Latest Technology Trends

The IT industry is constantly evolving, and staying up to date with the latest technology trends is essential to remain competitive. Continuously invest time in learning and acquiring new skills. Keep an eye on industry news, attend webinars or conferences, and consider pursuing professional certifications in your chosen IT specialization. This commitment to ongoing learning will make you a valuable asset to potential employers. 

Now that you have a degree and some experience, you should explore being a SkillGigs IT contractor to take control of your tech career. Using the SkillGigs platform vs. a traditional staffing firm means that you have complete control over what gig you want to work for.  SkillGigs marketplace search allows you to explore contract gigs. It’s your life, so it should be your choice. The job you want is only a BID away. 

Here are the main tactical steps to becoming a SkillGigs IT Contractor: 

Easy sign-up process: Enter your personal information and professional history. Once you sign up, you must create your very first skill listing. Choose your job title and enter your location preferences. Also, you can determine your own value and set your desired pay and hourly rate. 

Reviewing bids: Upon completing your skill listing, you will receive bids from interested recruiters. Feel free to ask them for clarification using the inbox tab on the platform as you review these gig opportunities. Click here to learn all about the bidding feature on SkillGigs. 

Initiate communication: Intrigued by a bid? Make sure to read it in full, especially the pay rate. If you want to change something, you can adjust the bid. Click ‘Interested’ to start further discussions. Again, this does not commit you to the job, just shows you are open to learning more. 

Updating documents: Once you express interest, SkillGigs Customer Service Representatives will request any missing documents – a key step for a seamless job application process.  

Submission to hiring manager: Post document review, your profile is presented to the hiring manager, initiating the interview process. 

Finalizing job offer: Successful interviews could lead to potential offers. If you opt to accept, you will receive a formal offer and contract to sign. As soon as you accept, that means, you have become a SkillGigs IT contractor. We are your employer of record and the gig is the facilitator. 

Onboarding: Once you accept an offer as an IT contractor, we take you through the onboarding process. A specialist will reach out to you within 24 hours of the signed contract, providing you with the next steps.  

Communication: You will have constant communication with your onboarding specialist, who will ensure you have completed all necessary items.  

Payroll setup: Paychex, our third-party vendor, will email you a link to set up your account for payroll, benefits, and yearly W-2 documents.  

Start your gig: Once you complete all items on your onboarding, you get the final clearance to start your new opportunity.  

Click here to learn how it works for contract talent at SkillGigs. 

IT contractors are always on the lookout for new projects and career advancements. Talent marketplaces like SkillGigs provide a wealth of job opportunities tailored to your preferences as an IT contractor. By regularly updating your work history and profile details, you can showcase your active engagement to potential employers. SkillGigs’ AI-based system ensures that you stay at the forefront for new IT gigs, increasing your chances of landing exciting projects and progressing in your IT career. Explore our exclusive page designed specifically for IT contractors and discover the top opportunities available to help you reach new heights of success. 

If you are new to SkillGigs, signing up is completely free and offers you the chance to access the top IT opportunities currently available. Take this opportunity to expand your horizons and unlock your potential for the next level of achievement in the IT industry.

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