When you’re facing a competitive market where there’s not much steady work to be had and sometimes even networking doesn’t guarantee you land a role as part of an AV project team, what are AV technicians to do?
Our economy in recent years is switching from career-focused to skill-focused, with a definite lean towards becoming primarily a gig economy. This means that employers are looking for candidates who can be brought onboard in an agile manner and integrated into a project team without too much effort. Work needs to be completed faster than ever before, especially in the AV industry where digital transformation is becoming a core business objective.
AV technicians, whether experienced or breaking into the industry should work as freelancers moving forward. There’s much more opportunities to access via the freelance route than one might think. Check out below our five reasons why AV technicians should freelance.
1. Access a Steady Stream of Desired Work
When you’re looking only for permanent positions in the AV industry, you’re bound not to turn up a whole lot. Increasingly, AV management is realizing the value in onboarding skilled freelance AV technicians over relying on just an in-house team for projects because of the fast-paced nature of the field. Some projects will also require more manpower than is available on hand with a company’s go-to talent.
When you work as a freelance technician, however, you can find steady work on multiple projects. Many companies need technicians for short-term work and you are practically guaranteed desired roles for some of them.
2. Expand Your Professional Network Significantly
The digital age is all about making connections and there is no better time to utilize the internet to expand your professional network. When you are working freelance on multiple gigs you’ll find that it becomes easier and easier to find new projects to be onboarded for through the contacts you make.
While this way of finding work has been part of traditional career paths as well, it’s an inherent part of working freelance. Working for multiple, different employers develops your skills and experience sections of your resume while building your reputation in the industry as a reliable technician.
3. Online Marketplaces are Making Work Contracts Simple
B2B marketplaces focusing on AV companies and technicians are offering functions that make it easy to set up payment and work terms. A frequent worry of freelancers or even potential freelancers is that employers will stiff them for money, or will be disorganized and not offer enough info in the form of schematics and such to get started on projects.
With online marketplaces making it mandatory to set up all necessary terms before a project is accepted, freelancers can put their fears to rest about scams or being blamed for poor work. The great thing about working in the digital age is that there’s a myriad of tools to keep up documentation and communication with employers.
4. There’s More Ways Available to Upgrade Skills
With the advent of programs like InfoComm’s installation microcredentials, new technicians have many options for furthering their skills in freelance. While there will be AV projects where candidates will receive some training from advanced technicians, you can also access affordable courses outside of gigs to master basic best practices.
Installation microcredentials also give you digital badges that you can display on your professional profile that signal to employers that you know how to pull or terminate cables or mount equipment.
What’s more, InfoComm offers more ways to build you skills and make yourself stand out among other freelancers. With specialized courses and very specific AV manufacturer type courses, freelancers can build their careers using InfoComm.
5. More Flexibility
The thing about freelancing is you’re in charge of your scheduling and how much money you want to make. A traditional career path comes with many fixed variables, but when you work in a gig economy your job can fit your individual goals in the industry.
Does freelancing sound promising to you? Consider making it part of your job search strategy!