Let’s get this out of the way: being a contractor is hard. It peppers the resumé with little red flags to the tune of: Is she a flight risk? Difficult to work with? Is the work not up to par? What’s this about? The answer is none of the above.
Starting over again is hard. Not being able to shepherd projects to the end of the development cycle is hard. The inability to speak in depth to processes is hard. Again: being a contractor is hard.
That said, having gone through the ringer countless times and come out the other side, I can tell you with certainty: what might be a deficit in shipped products translates into a surplus of soft skill cultural adds. I bring endless tenacity and deep empathy; adaptability. I rise to every occasion. I foster communication and relationship-building with my rare ability to coax entire teams of introverts out of their shells to be more open and friendly with each other.
This is on top of my already outstanding inherent traits such as my depth of craft, boundless curiosity, sense of humor, conviction, humility, and amazing hair. But that’s neither here nor there.
Seriously though, look at it.
In a future of unknowns, here’s what I do know: at Xero, I’ve found a team I love and a mission I’m so proud to stand behind. As I look ahead to my next role, I cannot wait to make the commitment to settle down and live and breathe the next product that lies ahead of me. 💙