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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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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How to Find Work Abroad – Part 3 of 3

Most Popular Countries for Finding Work Abroad Contemplating working abroad? Tired of the lack of opportunities available in your own town, region, or country? Yearning for travel and adventure? Or simply wanting your circumstances to change in general? For all of these reasons UK workers are often enticed by the apparent opportunities made available by finding work abroad. Once you start to play with the idea of working abroad, one of the first things that will come to mind will almost certainly be the location. You might be a person who doesn't like extremely hot temperatures. Alternatively, you might adore hot weather and love to sunbathe. You might speak five languages fluently, two languages confidently, or none at all besides your first language. You might like clubbing culture or you may prefer cobbled streets and cosy cafes. All of these idiosyncracies that form part of your own personality can greatly influence where you actually want to live. As such, telling yourself that you're ready to work abroad is only the first step. Moving and working abroad is not a decision you should make lightly. It is highly recommended that you choose the location wisely. You might not have the finances to go and…

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How to Find Work Abroad – Part 2 of 3

How to Find Work Abroad Part Two  If you're serious about finding work abroad, there are a number of things you can do in order to prepare ahead. The first thing you should do is decide your top priority with regards to working abroad: is finding a job the most important thing above all else? If so, your initial job search will be tailored to look for the best jobs available, regardless of location. If location is high on the priority list, your job search should be tailored to look for jobs in a particular place. This will inevitably limit your options, but will also ensure you get to choose where exactly you want to go.  Whatever your top priority is, the very first thing you should do is find out about the best international job boards. Here are some to get you started:  Indeed Indeed's international job search allows a user to browse through jobs in many countries throughout the world, from Greece to Pakistan. You simply click on your country of choice and then fill in one of the entry fields (type of job or specific location). When you're considering working abroad, it's doubtful you have a specific area in mind,…

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