[FRPythoneers] Non-web python contract work?

David Morris lists at morris-clan.net
Fri Jan 29 16:35:53 MST 2010


I used to have both web development and sysadmin skills on my resume
for exactly the reasons you describe.  I've actually found it easier
to find contracts by eliminating those skills from my resume entirely,
and frequently at a significantly higher rate than anything I found
before the change.  The higher rates more than balance out the
downtime between contracts.

It surprises me.  I'm not quite certain why it works.  But I'm not
about to argue with success.  My current theory (after many I've had
to discard) is that it pays (figuratively _and_ literally) to be a
specialist when working as a contractor.  Possibly because companies
hire contractors as experts to fill a gap in personnel...the
contractor won't be around long enough to slowly come up to speed.  By
eliminating secondary skills, I can more easily highlight my areas of
expertise.

That said, I will sometimes add back in my web development and
sysadmin skills for specific contracts if that is a peripheral portion
of the job, or simply mention the fact in the interview.

Thank you for the suggestion for scientific & analytical computing,
that is definitely an area worth looking into more...I do have the
background for that type of work!

--David

On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 16:02, Greg Holling <greg at holling-co.com> wrote:
> David -
>
> Here are a few suggestions:
>
> (1) Scientific & analytical computing, including aerospace & biotech
> (2) Test engineering
> (3) Hardware devices & device controllers, embedded development
>
> Having said that, though, your observation about Python popularity in
> web projects is correct.  Many Python projects have a web component,
> even if it's not the primary focus.  Even if you don't want to be a
> "pure" web developer, you'll be more marketable and have an easier
> time locating contract work (and potentially be able to charge higher
> rates) if you take the effort to familiarize yourself with Django or
> one of the competing frameworks.  The same comments apply to sysadmin
> work; if you're working with small or startup companies, you may wind
> up doing sysadmin, non-web, and web development on the same project.
>
> It's difficult enough to find contract work without artificially
> limiting yourself.
>
> Greg
>
> On Jan 29, 2010, at 3:28 PM, David Morris wrote:
>
>> I work as a software engineer contractor, targeting C, C++, and Python
>> on UNIX/Linux/Embedded platforms.  I would like to focus more on
>> Python is at is my preferred language for my own projects, but I have
>> no real interest in web development.  This makes hunting for contracts
>> a lot more difficult as simply searching for "Python" brings up mostly
>> web development positions and system administration positions (which I
>> also am not interested in).
>>
>> Anyone have suggestions for industries or companies to target which
>> use Python for regular applications?
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> --David
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