Last week I wrote about needing to get out of my own little world and connect with people. I haven't done much about that, but I have gotten an energy boost --mostly from exerting more energy. An insane burst of freelance work had me working 14-hour days, juggling six projects at once. And somehow, the... Read More »
Gail Belsky will be blogging for AOL Jobs about her quest to find a new job -- and reinvent her career. This is the first post in her weekly series that will run Mondays.
At 51, I've become both a cliche and a victim of circumstance -- neither of which makes me happy. A cliche because I'm a middle-aged woman... Read More »
By Lindsay Olson
Because we're still seeing pockets of high unemployment all over the country, job seekers are biting their nails, hoping for a brighter outlook sooner rather than later. But many of those out of work are finding creative ways to earn income-online.
In states with high unemployment rates,... Read More »
By Jessica Stillman
For many young people, building a career as an independent pro working on your own has tons of upsides. You get flexibility with your time, no office drama and often a zero minute commute (though certainly there are downsides and costs as well). Plus, the uncertain economy and dearth of... Read More »
Temporary and contingent workers are on the rise. The independent workforce has grown to 16.9 million from 16 million in the past year, according to research by MBO Partners, which provides business services to consultants. As companies realize that they can hire contractors for certain services instead of... Read More »
By Heesun Wee
With long-term unemployment near historic highs, it's no surprise many workers have transformed into free agents.
But younger workers-particularly so-called millennials-are embracing freelance jobs more aggressively than older peers, according to recent data. Read More »
By Heather Huhman
Are you an intern, freelancer, or consultant getting ready for a new job? Congratulations! Are they asking you to work for free? Bummer.
Unfortunately, some people assume that if you're not an official "employee," you don't need to be paid. Some people may ask to "pick your brain," for a... Read More »
By Debra Auerbach
Perhaps it's to help cover your bills. Or maybe it's to seek fulfillment not experienced at your day job. Whatever the reason, if you are looking to get a second job, you're not alone. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 7 million Americans hold more than one job. Read More »
By Beth Braccio Hering, Special to CareerBuilder
Freelancers are known for having a passion for their craft and the ability to get the job done without bosses looking over their shoulders. But while talent and discipline are key elements, they are by no means the only ones needed for success.
"Many... Read More »
Career myopia is an epidemic that has plagued the landscape of the American work force for generations. The big picture has been lost in a fuzzy haze as the field of vision has narrowed and the imaginations of the myopic masses have atrophied. Our work force has been fixated on surviving instead of thriving... Read More »
How do you handle a video shoot that involves famous people, a star of the adult film industry, and some contraptions you have never seen before? For freelance videographer Lincoln Wiese, it is all just another day's work with Howard Stern.
Wiese started his career on the editorial side of the news world,... Read More »
With aspirations of working in the television industry, 22-year-old Mike Finkelstein learned about the value of networking first-hand. As a video/television major with a minor in English, he actively worked toward polishing his production, writing, and acting skills.
Connections and Internships
Upon his... Read More »
As a freelance copy editor, I was always looking to fill my schedule, praying for long-term gigs so that I wouldn't have to constantly search the job boards.
Then one day a close friend of mine called and told me the fashion magazine that she wrote for needed someone during Fashion Week. Taking the job meant... Read More »
With industries continuing cutbacks and layoffs, many folks have begun to freelance or consult on the side, or taken on freelance work in addition to their regular job, in order to make some extra dough during these tough times. According to Wikipedia, "a freelancer, freelance worker, or freelance is a... Read More »
As more people step (or are pushed) off the corporate ladder, many are landing in the exciting, rewarding and sometimes scary role of free agent.
"I was tired of doing assignments I didn't like on a schedule I couldn't control," says Mary Beth Neumann, who quit her job at a major... Read More »