Have a nice Long Contractor Career – or not if you are an asshole
Many guys who enter the civilian contractor job circuit go in with the mindset it will be a one time 12 month thing – make some bread and then go back to working in the states. But it rarely ends up like that, the fat paychecks, casual lifestyle and making classic contractor mistakes will undoubtedly turn your 12 month run into a 10 year career.
The only way to have longevity in this business is by making friends, friends = jobs. If you act like an asshat no one will forward that email to you from a recruiter looking for guys.
Now I am a bit of an arrogant ass but I don’t treat people like shit, act like I am the toughest dude on planet earth or stab my fellow contractors in the back. Because I am generally liked by my former coworkers I get a few emails a week about jobs.
Every time I see some dude on a contract sucking cock and stabbing his fellow contractors in the back just to get promoted into an unpaid supervisor position all I can do is laugh.
Why do I think it’s funny?
Because in a year or two this panty-stain will call or send me an email asking if I have heard about anyone hiring - and all I will do is use his email to subscribe to every porn site mailing list on the internet.
Longevity in contracting is all about relationships, the more people you know who like you, the easier it is to consistently work. Now this sounds like common sense but 90% of the contractors I know inevitably do stupid shit on contracts that make people hate them.
Basically - just be cool, don’t kiss ass to move up, bite your tongue when you are having a bad day, shake a few hands and you will work in this business for as long as you want.
~James G Founder - Editor in Chief
James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and being a nice guy.