Contract positions, according to Monster.com, make up 32 percent of the IT job postings, down from 35 percent in 2010, which Monster.com attributed to "minor improvements in the economy and [IT] industry." Although it's a small change, it's one that's been felt. "[VARs] were really focused on consultants. And, if they worked out, [they could] look at bringing them on full-time," Bier said. "But, if you take that mentality of 'I'm gonna try them before I buy them,' a lot of the viable candidates are going to say they already have full-time positions they're exploring."
That means contractors are in a unique position. "The advice I can give for the contract job seeker," Bier said, "is to make sure that it's something … you can put on your resume -- communication, migration to the new Cisco unified communication system. If you're doing something short term, let it be something for these emerging technologies." And, because contracting lends itself to gaining new skills quickly, it becomes important that candidates keep their info current. "Keep your information on LinkedIn updated," Bier stressed.