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4 Brilliant (and Slightly Badass) Ways to Get More Jobs

4 Brilliant (and Slightly Badass) Ways to Get More Jobs
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“Freelancing is the new normal – and we have the numbers to prove it,” – Sara Horowitz, Founder and Executive Director of Freelancers Union and Fabio Rosati, CEO Elance-oDesk.

Today’s connected era liberates our workforce. There are more avenues available to find work, to make contacts and to connect with others; thanks to technology and its ability to network through social media. In a recent article in the Harvard Business, Justin Fox breaks down the freelance economy.

53 million Americans are doing freelance work, a new study conducted by the research firm Edelman Berland found in July for the Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk. That’s 34 percent of the U.S. workforce. Who are freelancers? The study defined “freelancers” as individuals who engage in supplemental, temporary, or project work.

So, if you don’t land a traditional job, don’t worry, the report shows that you have many options. It’s the freelance economy that will accelerate job success. That economy represents 21.1 million independent contractors, 14.3 million moonlighters, 9.3 million diversified workers, 5.5 million temporary employment, and 2.8 million freelance business owners.

But it’s not enough to simply hang a shingle; the freelancer must embrace four quantifying influences in order to be successful. Your success and the demand for your services will increase if you hold hard-to-find skills.

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If you pay attention to the following 4 points, your freelancing career is sure to take off soon.

1. Know The Influences that Enhance Freelancing

Education

People who received tech education, college, and post-grad degrees see greater demand than freelancers with only high school or some college experience. The more experience under one’s belt, the greater the demand:

  • 20+ years yields 28% demand
  • 10-20 years yields 26% demand
  • 5-10 years yields 19% demand
  • 3 to 4 years yields 14% demand

STEM Skills

Freelancers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields see greater demand than other industries:

  • Computing, computing peripherals or other IT manufacturer – 41% demand
  • Data science and analytics – 37% demand
  • Mobile and web programming – 35% demand
  • Technology – 23% demand
  • Other – 19% demand

2. Know What The 5 Types of Self-Employment Are

You should also be aware of the following 5 types of seplf-employment

Independent contractors

The most common are not employed at all but instead do freelance, temporary, or supplemental work on a project-to-project basis.

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Moonlighters

They are professionals holding a primary job and do work on the side; at night and weekends. The most common example is a corporate-employed web developer who also does projects for non-profits on weekends.

Diversified workers

This segment has multiple sources of income from a mix of traditional employers and freelance work. It could be someone working the front desk at an office 30 hours a week and fills out the rest of her schedule driving for Uber.

Temporary Workers

Individuals in this group have a single employer, client, job, or contract project where employment is temporary. An example could be a business strategy consultant working for one startup client on a contract basis for a month-long project.

Freelance Business Owners

They are business owners with a small number of “freelanced” employees. For example, a social marketing guru who hires a team of other social marketers to build a small agency, but still identifies as a freelancer.

3. Know The Most Common Entry Points for Self-Employment

With the rise of “work diversity,” the “freelance” workforce has several entry points to choose. The two most common reasons for going freelance are “to earn extra money” (68%) and to “have flexibility in a schedule” (42%).

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While money is a primary driver for freelancers, more than half (53%) began by choice, not necessity.

4. Know How To Overcome The Barriers to Freelancing

The two biggest challenges and barriers to being a part-time freelancer and moonlighter are a lack of stable income (50% agreed that it was a barrier) and a hard time finding work (47%).

I have compiled a short list of the best places to find work online. Using these websites, you’ll find freelance jobs for application developers, software engineers, testers, network administrators, web designers, graphic designers, copywriters, market researchers, SEO experts, data analysts, social media marketers, translators, customer service agents, moderators, administrative assistants, registered nurses, professional health care takers, accountants, lawyers and business consultants.

Elance 

Elance jobs

    Guru 

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    Guru

      Craigslist

      Craigslist

        Skilled Nursing Facilities Directory

        Skilled Nursing Directory

          Journalism Jobs 

          Freelance writing

            99Designs 

            99Designs

              Home Care Help Directory 

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              Home care agencies

                Freelancing offers workers the needed experience and flexibility, and more people are creating their own career paths. As a freelancer, you’re the commander of your career and life, which is an attractive outlook for talented workers.

                Featured photo credit: 53 million Americans are freelancing, new survey finds via freelancersunion.org

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                Published on July 27, 2021

                15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

                15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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                During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

                But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

                Put the Pro in Professional

                After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

                1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

                The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

                Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

                2. Dress the Part

                While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

                Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

                For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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                Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

                3. Stage Your Workspace

                Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

                Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

                4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

                Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

                Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

                Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

                Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

                5. Arrive on Time

                In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

                Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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                6. Turn on Your Video

                Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

                If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

                Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

                7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

                Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

                Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

                Attend to the Pesky Details

                8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

                With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

                Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

                9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

                Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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                Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

                10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

                As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

                Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

                Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

                Talking Has a Time and a Place

                11. Chat Appropriately

                Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

                At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

                12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

                The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

                Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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                13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

                In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

                Manage Yourself

                14. Minimize Distractions

                While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

                Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

                15. Save Snacking for Later

                Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

                However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

                Final Thoughts

                Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

                Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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