When I cold call a hiring manager for the first time, what exactly is the best thing for me to say after they answer?
I've been a contract software engineer for 25 years. Times are always changing.
I used to say: "Hello, I'm , a software engineering contractor, and I'm calling to offer my services."
But lately this is often interpreted to mean that I'm a job shop offering the service of providing contractors.
I'm mainly looking in the Silicon Valley area. Hiring managers are 95% of the time friendly.
It's 2017. What should I say?
specifically: Should I say I'm a "freelance software engineer" or a "contract software engineer"? Is "freelance" a thing these days?