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Not many of us know and fully understand the unsuspected dangers of contract jobs in Australia. Yet these pitfalls determine your success as a contractor. 

Do you ever take time to evaluate those offers for contract jobs? Does it bother you if a job doesn’t have a work contract? Do you ever think about how you will communicate with your potential employer? 

These may sound like simple issues but you could find yourself dealing with a lot of disappointment as a career contractor if you never learn how to approach them. 

Today, we discuss these common pitfalls and show you what you need to do to avoid them. 

Always Evaluate the Job Offer

Before you say yes to contract jobs in Sydney or other cities, take time to understand their nature and the entire compensation package, from salaries and perks to benefits. 

Carefully read through the job description to understand your duties and responsibilities and employee expectations. Here are some questions to guide you: 

  • Does the job align with your career goals? 

  • Are you capable of meeting the job’s main requirements? 

  • Are you comfortable with the work environment, schedule and hours? 

Have a better understanding of all these aspects and ask questions where any of them is not clear. You don’t want a situation where the working hours aren’t compatible with your schedule or you are facing a potential conflict of interest that could have been avoided if you read the job description.

Request A Contract ( & Carefully Read Through It) 

However short the duration of the job is, never ignore the need for a contract when it comes to contract jobs in Australia. 

A work contract is a legally binding arrangement between you and your employer.  It gives both you and your employer certain rights and obligations. 

Here’s an illustration to show you why it matters:

A contract ties you down to delivering as agreed and prompts your employer to take action when you don’t. It also holds your employer accountable for any work you perform and your dues. 

Without a written agreement, you jeopardize so many things, including your salary. 

But do not be one of those who are too eager to start working that they grab and sign the contract without reading through it. You might heavily regret your decision when you later come across conditions you don’t like and there’s no turning back. 

Invest In Communication

In most contract jobs in Australia, you will barely need to meet face to face with your employers or the rest of the team. But you will need a healthy working relationship for the job to be completed successfully. This is where proper communication comes in. 

Delegation of assignments, feedback on progress, clarifications on work to be done and even payment will all have to be done virtually. 

You will be communicating mostly through emails, text message, phone calls and sometimes via video communication tools. Make sure you have reliable communication devices, internet connection and other resources needed to make your communication smooth. Work on your communication skills as well. 

Ensure your employer understands the need to maintain constant communication. You can ask for alternate contacts in case one fails.

The Salary Question

The salary range for contract jobs in Sydney and other cities is so unpredictable. Rarely will you find two similar contract jobs that pay the same amount. Since contactor terms are not state-controlled, you will have to negotiate your payment terms with your employer. 

Recruiters and employers will let you mention your expectations after listing down the work you are expected to perform. From your response, they will know whether to keep you or not. 

As liberating as this sounds, many contractors err here and end up losing the job or getting underpaid 

This mostly happens because one mentioned a figure that was either too high or too low. To avoid this, do enough research about the job and the company you intend to work for. Look out for their salary structure and analyse it.

Put simply, for you to succeed as a contractor you have to always be keen on the job offer, fully understand the contract, invest in communication and master how to answer the tricky salary question. You can speak to fellow successful part-timers to learn more.