Finding the best Epic contracts
As an Epic consultant, you will receive more calls from recruiters in a week than from friends and family combined. You are highly sought after in one of the hottest job markets in the country. With this type of demand for your skills, why would you want to listen to advice on how to get a job? Simple – to get the best contract on the market.
The bottom line is that if you are not optimizing your job hunting skills, you are selling yourself far short of getting the most out of each of your contracts. With so many jobs available, following the 3 easy steps below will ensure that you are getting the pick of the litter.
1) Start looking early, but not too early
Try to start your search 3-4 weeks before you are available to start. While you want to allow adequate time to find your next role, having a start date that is more than a month out will eliminate you from consideration for about 50% of roles right off the bat.
More often than not, consulting needs arise urgently. The flexible and available candidate will be typically be chosen over the slightly more qualified candidate who needs more than 4 weeks to be on site. Additionally, you will receive more offers in a shorter period of time, which will allow you to compare them together instead of being inclined to take one because it was the first to the table.
2) Develop strong relationships with good recruiters
As a recruiters, we understand the reputation recruiters have - being aggressive and selling people on roles are the two biggest complaints. The easiest way to combat this is to develop strong relationships with a handful of good recruiters.
Good recruiters are a huge asset in any job search. We have direct lines of communication with the managers, understand our client's budget and needs, and can tell you where they will be flexible and where they won’t when it comes time to negotiate. Additionally, we have a vested interest in going to bat for you with the client if issues ever arise on the project.
Help us help you. Keep us informed on interviews you have, extensions that may be coming, your decision-making criteria, etc. The more information we have, the better we can help get you exactly what you want. Even if you take another contract, let us know. It will cut down on the number of calls you receive when you are not looking and more importantly, you will be first on our mind when projects open up next time you are looking again.
3) Prioritize your list of wants before you start interviewing
Money? Location? Flexibility? Project scope? Take the time to really consider the things that are most important to you and your family, write them down and share them in order with your recruiter.
$5/hr on a W2 contract comes to about $280 per bi-weekly paycheck after average federal taxes. That could be an amount you are willing to part with if it means you get to work 50% remote or in a sunny city in the dead of winter. Or, you might be willing to spend an extra two hours a week traveling to get the cash.
The point is, decide where you are willing to compromise before you start interviewing so when offers come in, you already know what you will accept. It will reduce the salesman talk from recruiters and allow them to present only facts to you since your decision criteria has already been laid out. This will reduce your stress greatly and ensure you are getting exactly what you want.