As a freelancer, do you notice that sometimes it’s a bit of a struggle when looking for an assignment? Or is it not possible to get an assignment? To help you with these problems follow these useful tips and tricks below, which according to WIBA recruiters help you with the next assignment!
The first step is to optimize your LinkedIn profile. Nowadays, your online findability as an IT professional is more important than sending a standard CV in Word or PDF file. So present yourself in a professional manner on LinkedIn, among other things. To optimize your LinkedIn profile, WIBA IT conducted a survey of the LinkedIn profiles of our candidates. This way we found out what a strong and less strong profile is and how it can be improved. An example of this is a good business photo or a photo that you show in your work environment. This quickly leads to more qualitative feedback from recruiters.
Firstly, it is noticeable that not everybody uses their job title well. Many self-employed professionals leave the function ‘owner’ after having set up their profile as an entrepreneur. This is in principle true, but does not help to be better found by potential clients. Use the job title to describe exactly what you do; for instance; ‘Java Developer’.

In addition, not everyone has a professional and businesslike profile picture, although that picture, along with the job description, is the first thing the recruiter sees and takes in. If those elements are not in order, chances are the recruiter will ignore you and keep looking (even though you may well meet the requirements for the assignment). What also helps is adding a background picture that has to do with your area of expertise. These three improvements – which are easy to arrange – ensure that recruiters and clients will notice you. In addition, it is important, when you are available, to open your profile to new offers.

After you have attracted the attention of a recruiter, it is important that you keep the attention of the recruiter. You can do this by writing a personal summary. The recruiter wants to know how you, both personal and business, are. In this summary he can find out both in a short time. Keep in mind that you use keywords that are applicable to appear higher up in the search results. The stronger this summary is written, the sooner the recruiter will contact you.

With each experience or job, add bullet points, but not more than five. Give a brief description of what your tasks have been and avoid long sentences. It is important for recruiters to be able to scan through your profile quickly, and can immediately see what you can do or have done. It is important, with regard to each client, to name the most common tools, methods and technologies. If the recruiter wants more information, he will look at your CV (if included) or contact you directly. Also check out the STAR method for making an optimum impression on potential clients. WIBA IT also made a sample CV, which you can download here.

As an extra, but valuable addition, it is important to ask your clients for a reference/recommendation after each job. That is a powerful way to support your profile and skills.

‘My WIBA’ is a handy tool that gives you a quick overview of your application(s). Fill in all your details in the portal, so that it not only helps during the application process, but also provides suggestions for jobs that match your profile. That’s why it is important for the information to be correct, to make sure that the recommended jobs are indeed relevant to you. Filling in the required documents (like your CV and motivation) makes it possible to handle the applications more quickly, letting you know where you stand and why you were (not) selected for an assignment.

A good CV gives a picture of the experience and the work done by the candidate. Often it pays to keep track of different “types” of CVs. For example in the case of a software developer / team lead, a resume with an emphasis on the technical knowledge / experience and a resume with the emphasis on managerial knowledge and experience. Make sure in any case that the resume matches the assignment well. Knowledge and experience that are not interesting for the assignment, distract from the goal and must be prevented. It also often applies that older projects are less interesting and can therefore be summarized. In addition, the structure is also important, which is why we have made an example. This format is easy to handle and has as goal a good and clear CV. Even if you are employed, you can classify the CV on the basis of the executed projects within your organization. You can find an example of a good resume here!
Once your resume is in order, the motivation comes to the fore. Here it becomes clear to the client why you want to do the assignment and why you are the designated person for the assignment. For your motivation it is important that you do not write a motivation letter as you would for a permanent job, but write a piece for a client that contributes to an invitation for an intake interview. The motivation is your most important weapon in the battle for that fantastic new assignment. This motivation must therefore be fully focused on the required requirements and the work to be performed. State clearly and specifically where you performed the work and how you meet the requirements. Be clear about the projects and where the experience has been gained, so that these can easily be found. The writing of good motivation also provides a guideline of what experience should be included in the resume.
If you have passed the first selection and are invited to a meeting, it’s time to close the deal. Make sure you are always well prepared. Read the customer’s site and the assignment carefully. Also ask your intermediary for the assignment and the environment, this can tell you more about the people on the spot and might still have contact with experts. Based on this information you can prepare a number of questions. Prepare yourself for a number of “standard” questions such as; your positive and negative characteristics or what you like / dislike about your work. During the conversation it is important to stay “to-the-point”. Answer the question and if it is not 100% clear you ask questions, not only do you prevent a number of pitfalls, it also shows your interest and professionalism. Also avoid the short negative answers, ask questions and emphasize experience that you do possess.
A part of the selection process is a telephone review. Here it is important that you are honest and can answer the questions that the recruiters ask directly. Do not you know something? Say this honestly! The assessment is a form of telling about the experiences you have gained from previous assignments or explaining certain skills on your resume or business profiles. This conversation gives you the chance to convince the recruiter of your abilities!
Of course, we hope that the above tips will immediately give you an assignment, but if you have more questions about these topics, don’t hesitate to contact us by e-mail or phone.