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Five Resume-Writing Essentials for Freelancers
By: CareerCast.com
The freelance economy is booming, as more and more professionals are choosing the flexibility that comes with a freelance career. In fact, studies have shown that 15 percent of the workforce now identifies as "contingent labor" -- i.e., freelancers and temp workers -- and that number continues to grow. There's never been a better time to take the plunge toward professional independence. That said, freelancing does come with its share of challenges. Besides fighting the stereotype that they spend their days sitting around in their pajamas, freelancers can find it difficult to put together a cohesive resume. With so many ... more
Why You Should Consider Project Gigs
By: CareerCast.com
Years ago, I worked Sunday brunch at a busy Manhattan restaurant. I left the shift approximately $250 richer, feeling beat, but in a good, hard-earned way. The next morning, my alarm would go off, and I’d rise and prepare for the first of five days in the office. My second job allowed me to travel a reasonable amount, sock some money away in an IRA, and enjoy frequent alcohol-fueled dinners with my friends at upscale spots. My limited experience with a part-time job meant I had no comprehension of the possibilities and opportunities an extra job could provide in addition ... more
Part-Time Holiday Work Can Boost Your Job Search
By: CareerCast.com
The holidays are upon us and many hard-working people take on seasonal party and banquet to earn needed holiday cash. Have you ever considered tending bar or another food and beverage job? What do you have to gain besides the extra income? There is honor in all work so don’t let the ill-informed judgments of others diminish your self-respect. By far the toughest job I ever had was tending bar, and everything I learned tending bar has paid off in every job I’ve held since: You gain exposure to a wide range of skills You gain exposure to a wide ... more
Become a Consultant or Start a Consulting Practice
By: CareerCast.com
For years, consulting has topped the list of businesses started by professionals who leave the workforce or “retire” and wish to continue working. Yet many who seek a new career as a consultant don't know which of their skills and experience will be of greatest value to them. Fortunately, there's an easy solution. Go to http://www.tempandparttimejobs.com/jobs/search and enter "consultant" or “consulting” in the keyword box, and you will see thousands of opportunities posted by consulting companies and employers located throughout the world. Using this search engine and reading the job descriptions of relevant jobs will help you identify the skills ... more
Finding Benefits In A Part-Time Job
By: CareerCast.com
Are you one of the many boomers who have day dreamed about getting a part-time job? Maybe you’re looking for income while you train for a new career or start a business, or a way to cut back on the time and pressure of your current job, or a way to earn an income cushion while you are retired. However, for most people the idea remains a daydream because you (or your spouse) are too young to receive Medicare, and you can’t do without the health insurance benefits you receive through your employer. You may assume that the only way ... more
One Person's Trash Is Another Person's Job
By: CareerCast.com
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Employment in this [waste management] sector is expected to grow by 21 percent by 2020. Many new jobs will be created in employment services, an industry that is anticipated to account for 40 percent of all new jobs in the sector. Projected growth stems from the strong need for seasonal and temporary workers and for human resources services. The fastest growth in the industry is anticipated to be in waste collection, expected to grow 35 percent by 2020 through population growth and the privatization of waste collection services.” There are jobs for those ... more
Small Businesses Offer Big Potential For Freelancers
By: CareerCast.com
Need new talent, but don't have the resources or desire to take on a full-time employee? Hiring a freelancer is the answer. And with freelance hiring on the rise, you'll just be one of the numerous businesses jumping on the freelance bandwagon. The "freelance revolution" Today's hiring climate is going through a major shift, one in which increased competition will lead a growing number of businesses to invest in freelance talent, predicts The Plato Group, an outsourced sales and marketing firm that provides opportunities and training for freelancers. This "freelance revolution" will be the driving force in the emerging freelance ... more
Consider Reduced Hours for Schedule Flexibility
By: CareerCast.com
Are you struggling to juggle life and a 40-hour work week? It may be time to approach your management and HR department about reduced hours. Here's how. Make it a solid value proposition. How is it going to help the company? While employee satisfaction is important to any employer, the bottom line is what drives business decisions. How will you be saving the company money and not overtaxing your colleagues? Be specific. Whether you are proposing a temporary or permanent schedule, provide as much information as possible. If your proposal is for a limited time, spell it out, and include ... more
Temporary Work Can Get You Back On Track For Full-Time
By: CareerCast.com
If you’re trying to decide on your career direction, you’re returning to work after an absence, or you’re not sure about the kind of job that would make you happy, consider working for a temporary employment agency. Temp agencies, also known as staffing firms, hire employees and then place them in assignments at other companies. Companies approach these temp agencies, define their worker needs and then sign contracts for the agencies to supply the workers. In the past, temp agencies were known for providing lower-skilled workers for entry-level type jobs. But times have changed. READ MORE AT SEATTLE TIMESmore
Use Part-Time Work to Explore Your Creativity
By: CareerCast.com
It's no secret that job security is a thing of the past. Taking on part-time work – especially in a creative area you've always wanted to pursue – is one way to earn extra income and begin exploring new work opportunities before it becomes a necessity, says Scott Belsky, CEO and founder of Behance, a New York-based company that develops products and online tools for creative industries. But fitting this extra work into your schedule takes planning, and making the wrong decision can wind up hurting you in both jobs. So how can you be sure the opportunity that you're ... more