Pro's and Con's of Being a Freelancer


By: Aubrey Smith

                 In life, every decision you make has a good side and a bad side and freelance is no different. You have to weigh the pros and the cons of being a freelance worker to help you decide whether it’s the correct field for you. Here are some pros and cons of freelance work that could help you make that big decision.

Let's start out with the pros

The first and most obvious perk of being a freelance worker would have to be that you are first and foremost your own boss. Granted you have clients that you will work for, you get to set the underlying rules that clients agree to; a contract of sorts. This contract outlines what the client may or may not do while you are under their temporary employment so you won’t get treated like a doormat and underpaid in the end. However, remember that you are technically their worker so you do want to give them what they want, this just assures that you get reimbursed for all of your hard work.


Networking in the Job Search


Matt Gray shares his experiences and an interview with Ben Kohn on the importance of networking in the job search.

By now, we all know it’s not so much what you know, but who you know, better yet who knows you. Networking is just as important as your skill set, if not more important. We all know that one person down at the office… they have no idea what they’re doing, they constantly ask you for help, and it just so happens that they are related to the boss, yea I know that person too. I also know that they have used networking to their advantage.

I personally see it every day. I work for the federal government and every intern in my office, including myself, has or had a family member higher up in the same agency. That’s what I call having the “hookup.” When a job opens up, if someone you know is right there and says “I have the perfect person” you are more likely to get hired. Fortunately that’s not the only way to network or get a job.


Rock Bottom is Good Solid Ground

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Here, James Mcleod offers his perspective on earning a job after over a year of unemployment and gives 3 reasons why you’re better than your friend who got a job straight out of college.


In November, I wrote a blog titled “Sit Upright, Hold on Tight, and Enjoy the Ride,” which detailed my experience being unemployed and gave some simple tips on how to survive it. One month after writing that blog, I had a job.friend who got a job straight out of college.

So what’s the big whoop, right? Well, after getting a job, I’ve noticed that those of us who have endured the lowest of lows of the unemployment roller coaster are, in fact, better equipped to kick butt when we finally land a job. Spending over a year in the realm of the unemployed before getting a job has made me a better full-time employee and the same can be for you too.



5 Tips for using Pinterest in the Job Search

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RecentGrad takes a look at how Pinterest can be useful in the job search by building a unique brand image and social media portfolio for your interests and past projects.

By Aubrey Smith 

For all those familiar with Pinterest, with its endless display of cooking ideas, fashions tips and so much more, did you ever think that it would be helpful in your job search as well? As a website that focuses on visual and graphic representations, Pinterest can easily become a good reference to those in the visual arts and marketing field if you play your cards right.

A simple way to market yourself to potential employers would be to post pins on your board relating to projects you’ve created or helped with, people you’ve interned with and organizations that you’ve participated in. Since Pinterest is mainly about people’s interests, it can also be an easy way to show employers about you and your own personal interests. But,  as with any other social media website, be careful with what you choose to display. What may look fun and appealing to you may not be so impressive to employers (so you might want to lay off those multiple recipes for that mojito you’ve been dying to make).


Why do Recruiters look at your Social Media Profiles?

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A guest Blog post from an HR Expert,Jennifer King, with experience and advice about recruiting practices involving social media screening.

In a 2011 Reppler survey about how recruiters use social networks to screen candidates, 91% of the respondents claimed they have visited a potential candidate’s profile on a social network as part of the screening process. But why? With all the tweets, status updates and comments, it’s unavoidable for any social job seeker not to be searchable in some way. 

With social media, it’s possible to learn more about a job seeker than what’s on their resume, giving recruiters and hiring managers more insight into the behaviors and personal lives of their candidates. 

“businesses and recruiters want to know as much as they can about a person who they may give a job offer. But the real purpose behind screening is to make sure the person you’re hiring doesn’t have any red flags that would make them a bad fit or a potential liability for the business.”

According to Eric Meyer, partner in the labor and employment group at Dilworth Paxson LLP, “businesses and recruiters want to know as much as they can about a person who they may give a job offer. But the real purpose behind screening is to make sure the person you’re hiring doesn’t have any red flags that would make them a bad fit or a potential liability for the business.”

When it comes to commenting, posting photos or sharing status updates, we don’t typically update our social media profiles with recruiters in mind. Instead, we post things that are relevant to our lives, interests and personalities, giving recruiters a clearer picture of the person behind the resume.


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