Will executive contracting suit me?
While executive contracting is the ideal career option for many professionals it is not right for everyone. Executive contractors need to have deep skills in their area of specialisation: skills that organisations will want to purchase. Typically, organisations will endeavour to over-skill when they engage an executive contractor for an assignment. Organisations will frequently pay a premium for your services because they want to know that you've done what they need done before.
Executive contractors also need to be comfortable with periods of uncertainty. The availability of assignments can at times be unpredictable. This is usually less dependent on your skill set and more dependent on the market and your timing. You also need to "hit the ground running" when you begin an assignment. Long periods of induction and time to acclimatise into an organisation are more facets of permanent employment than executive contracting.