DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board along with MBO partners produced a survey this month entitled, “The Successful Independent Contractor: A Workforce Trend for the Future.” This survey revealed the attributes of successful the independent contractor worker. By 2020, it is projected that one of two professionals will be either full or part-time contract workers (also known as 1099 employees).
The intent of the survey was published to capture traits of successful professionals who thrive as 1099 workers. What does it take to work as an independent contractor employee? Alexandra Levit and I discuss how to on the show.
Alexandra Levit (@alevit) is one of my favorite career and workplace experts. She is an author, speaker, consultant, and a frequently quoted in all major publications and career websites. Money magazine recognized her as, “Career Expert of the Year,” Northwestern University “Emerging Leader of the Year,” and she is a Career and Workplace Consultant to the Obama Administration.
Here are some of the highlights from our discussion:
- Reasons Baby Boomers are great candidates as an independent contractor and in most cases a win-win for the candidate and employer
- Traits such as communication, strong reputation, flexibility, and organizational skills emphasized as the other studies have, and are critical attributes to stand out
- Baby Boomers are looking past the age of 65 and looking at opportunities will take them past retirement
- The study suggests that the job success rate will rise because a fit will be a negotiation of what works for both parties. We delve into the importance of learning the art of negotiation
- Suggestions on how Baby Boomer job seekers can start to take control of their search, in a way, that makes him or her an attractive contracting candidate
- The importance of a strong off-line network, and taking on-line relationships off-line for assurance