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What to Look for When Hiring an Independent Contractor

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    Proven Experience

    "Embellishing" a resume or work experiences is unfortunately nothing new, but with the advent of social media it's getting easier to figure out whether or not that experience really happened. Organizations should also ask for work samples and portfolios from contractors, and put them through our own skills assessments based on the positions they're trying to fill. And check references – a lot.

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What to Look for When Hiring an Independent Contractor

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    Proven Experience

    "Embellishing" a resume or work experiences is unfortunately nothing new, but with the advent of social media it's getting easier to figure out whether or not that experience really happened. Organizations should also ask for work samples and portfolios from contractors, and put them through our own skills assessments based on the positions they're trying to fill. And check references – a lot.

Do a quick tour of any HR or recruiting website, and you'll see at least one mention of the "gig economy." Recent research shows a growing number of Americans – almost a third – consider themselves independent contractors or freelancers. And the vast majority of those workers became free agents by choice, not because of economic conditions or layoffs.

What this means for employers is that a growing body of experience and skills is available on a contract basis from these workers. That's a huge boon for employers, but it's not without some pitfalls.

Hiring an independent contractor could be the perfect solution to your hiring woes, but you need to be just as diligent in screening these types of hires as you are traditional employees. In this slideshow, eaHELP's President Tricia Sciortino has identified the top five things to look for when hiring independent contractors.