In Pictures: 15 tips for surviving - and thriving - as an IT contractor

Pundits are calling 2014 the year of the IT contractor. Here are 15 tips for setting up shop and making it stick.

Certifications are your friends Although Mondo's study shows companies are using more contractors, Cirri, Mondo's regional director of recruiting, says there's still plenty of competition for many contract positions. One way to set yourself apart is to demonstrate skills on multiple fronts, which may draw the attention of hiring managers.

Cirri recommends obtaining relevant credentials -- for example, the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential for those leading projects, A+ certification for those seeking desktop support gigs, and an open-source certification for developers. "This gives you a leg up on the competition," Cirri says. "It only benefits your career."

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