The Pros and Cons of Freelance work

The Pros and Cons of Freelance Work  In today's technological age, freelancing or working from home is becoming a more realistic option for many jobseekers. With the rise of casual and temporary contracts in brick-and-mortar businesses, going freelance is slowly beginning to make more sense. The logic behind its rise in popularity (53 million people in the United States alone work freelance) is based on the idea that permanent, traditional jobs are perceived as much less stable than before. This is due in large to the economic crises that have occurred regularly since the 80s. Thus, people are more likely to look toward less traditional types of employment than they were say, thirty years ago. Still, no matter what type of employment you enter, there are always positive and negative aspects. Let's examine the pros and cons of freelance work, starting with the pros:  Pros of Freelance Work There are many things about freelancing or working from home that will benefit your life. As someone who used to work traditional jobs, both part-time and full-time, I can sincerely say that freelancing is a lot of fun. It also provides real opportunities for making big money. It's all about how much effort you put in.…

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Leaving a Job or being Fired

Leaving a Job or Being Fired  We talk a lot on this site about how to find a job, as it is essentially a jobseeking website. However, for this month, let's change the pace a little. There are times when you have a job, and you simply want to leave it. There are other times when you like working at a certain place and you're made redundant. When people think about someone being fired, it's logical to assume that the worker did something wrong. However, in today's work environment, where casual contracts are the norm, being 'fired' is usually for reasons such as company budget or 'last in, first out'.  So, instead of discussing the jobseeking process as we often do, this post will examine two major ideas: how to leave a job without negative ramifications, and how to deal with being laid off or fired:  How to Leave a Job the Right Way So, you've been hunting for jobs for a while and you found one that you would love. After submitting your application, you're ecstatic to receive a call to interview. You begin to imagine what you'll do with the extra salary you'll be getting: maybe you'll have a yearly holiday…

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How to Actually Find a Decent Job

How to Actually Find a Decent Job  I occasionally scroll back through old blog posts I've written to make sure everything connects and I continue on as promised. Low and behold, the March 2018 blog post New Enterprise Allowance promised an upcoming blog on how to actually find a decent job. A quick glance at the following month's blog revealed that I completely skipped this (accidentally). Thus, here we are. I am going to help you actually find a decent job. You might not like this advice, but this is how I have found work successfully:  Less is More Don't fool yourself into thinking that if you apply for 10 jobs a week you are more likely to be hired. The reality is: if you simply pick one a week, you have a much better chance.  Are You Crazy? ...is what you're probably thinking right now. No, I'm not crazy. I just know that there is such a thing as what I like to call 'application burnout'. When you apply for jobs frantically because you desperately need one, the process of applying becomes exceptionally draining. You're going through the motions, you're spitting out CVs left, right and centre, but much of your time…

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Are Video CVs a Good Thing?

 Are Video CVs a Good Thing? Thanks to today's obsession with social media culture, it's no surprise that job candidates are looking to vamp up the application process by boosting their paper CV with a video one. You can compose a video CV pretty easily and professionally, and the results can be truly unique. But is a video CV going to land you a job, or will it actually decrease your chances? There are contradictory elements to this argument. Let's examine some:  Make Employers Notice You If you apply for a job with lots of candidates, a video CV is sure to make you stand out from the other applicants. However, before you send it in, you need to think about who you're sending it to. The job you're applying for can often determine whether a video CV is a sensible choice.  If you're applying for something that requires tech-saviness or a fun personality, it might make all the difference. If you're just applying for a standard office it could come off as narcissistic or pretentious. It all depends on the person watching it, really. Some employers might appreciate the daring nature of someone who wants to go the extra mile. Another employer might…

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The Realities of Graduate Recruitment

The Realities of Graduate Recruitment  You've just received your final exam results, and you've passed with flying colors. The next exciting phase will be getting to wear the fancy hat and robe and taking obligatory pictures with said hats flying through the air. While these memorable experiences are incredibly worthwhile, finishing university and entering 'the real world' can be a very scary and anti-climactic reality for many graduates across the UK.  Being a graduate looking for a job introduces a number of complications into your life, including the most disheartening of them all: you will most likely most get the job you thought you would right away. That is an unfortunate fact of life that isn't unique to the UK. Before we delve into the muddy waters of graduate jobseeking and managing expectations, let me just for a moment try to pinpoint what the main problem is:  Unrealistic Career Advice As a graduate myself who went through the entire university cycle right up to PhD level,  unrealistic career advice is primarily to blame for my unrealistic expectations after going through my final graduation ceremony. Does anyone remember careers in primary and secondary school? I sure as heck do. I remember the teacher simply…

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The UK’s Gig Economy

The UK's Gig Economy  The recession may be over, but the UK's economic landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years. The idea of job stability has transformed from an expected reality into an idealistic one. Today's economy might be thriving on paper, but the rise of what's known as a 'gig economy' leaves many workers at the wayside.  What Exactly is the Gig Economy? The gig economy is an umbrella term used to describe the current economic climate occurring within Britain. It encapsulates the idea that people are hired in a way that promises maximum benefit to the company, and an uncertain future for employees. In basic terms, it is the rising trend of companies hiring people in a way that means they have little or no obligations to them. Their employment could be in the form of working on a casual basis, being given a temporary contract, or signing the dubious paperwork of a zero hour contract. Temporary Contracts Temporary contracts are a common form of employment, and advertisements for such positions are common seen on online recruitment sites. It is a contract that means, yes, you are employed with all rights pertaining to that, but you're only needed for…

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How To Create A Business Plan

How to Create a Business Plan  Last month's blog focused on how to get funding for a new business. If you're unemployed, or looking to switch things up a bit in your career, you might be interested in finding out how to become self-employed. There's no sense in applying for government funding if you don't know what you want to have a business in. Being your own boss has its perks, but you'll lose interest quickly if you don't have a solid goal and business plan in mind.  So, before you try to finance your new business, it's imperative to consider the specifics of it. This is where a business plan comes in. A business plan is essentially a document that looks ahead and determines what your business hopes to achieve. In the life of a self-employed person, carpe diem doesn't really come into it. You need to constantly be thinking ahead so your business can remain competitive. Hence, a written plan of what you intend to do is instrumental to your company's success.  Not only this, but a detailed business plan will help you gain investors. Yes, I've talked about how the government helps unemployed people start a business, but the money…

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New Enterprise Allowance

The New Enterprise Allowance  Last month's blog post was a brief examination of the risks and rewards of self-employment. One of the stepping stones from unemployment to starting your own business is figuring out how to finance the initial costs. This is where the New Enterprise Allowance becomes relevant to the discussion.  What is the New Enterprise Allowance? The New Enterprise Allowance is a government scheme designed to offer unemployed people the money necessary to start up a business. It was first started by the Thatcher government in the 1980s. Some well-known entrepreneurs and public figures got their start this way, including the founder of Superdry and the artist Tracey Emin.  Critics of the scheme back then claimed that it didn't make much difference to unemployment figures and noted that many of the new companies failed and ending up disappearing into thin air. This happens with many new companies whether they use government schemes or not, however. Starting your own business is no joke, and it is certainly not for the faint-hearted.  The scheme fell into the background but came back with a bang in 2010 with better financial incentives. If you were trying to start a business under the original version of…

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The Risks and rewards of Self-Employment

The Risks and Rewards of Self-Employment  Have you been unemployed for a while and are slowly realizing that getting a job isn't as easy as you thought it would be? Are you tired of working the same mediocre jobs that don't satisfy you or pay well? Maybe you're a dreamer who has always wanted to start your own business. When you're unemployed, unachieved goals or ambitions can seem out of reach. Add to this the fact that starting a business involves passion, dedication, organization, and money. Money is perhaps the key factor here. When you're barely making ends meet on benefits, how on earth can you ever hope to scrape the money together to start your own business?  Luckily, we here at Company Jobs Direct genuinely care about people, and want to see them succeed. Our expertise might be helping you find a job through our customized online directory, but the most important thing is that we help people to achieve their career goals. You simply might not want to work for someone else. If it is your dream to start your own company, we are here to help by providing useful information. There are many things to think about when you decide…

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Gender Inequality in the Workplace

In October of last year, the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations story broke in The New Yorker. The publicity surrounding this scandal has caused a lot of questions to be asked about women's position in modern society. In a time of supposed social progress, how is it that male authoritarian figures are still getting away with behavior like this? Almost as disturbing as the rape and unwanted touching accusations in the Weinstein story was the seeming complicity of his staff and colleagues. It is as much a moral stain on those who stayed silent as it is on Weinstein himself. The reasons given for such indifference are simply not compelling or persuasive enough to ignite sympathy for anyone who was privy to this secret information.  Still, the bigger question remains: where else is this kind of thing going on? It's certainly not restricted to Hollywood. The only difference is that the world pays more attention when the skeletons of a famous celebrity come out of the closet.  Not only this, but the skeptic in me considers the possibility that perhaps Weinstein's downfall is part of  a larger, much more disturbing narrative. It is significant that many actresses only came forward as soon as…

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