Is On-Demand Employment Right For You?

The gig economy, also known as the on-demand economy is a trending topic surrounding business and job market news. With so many opinions being tossed around about whether or not employment in the on-demand age is sustainable, let’s first cut through the clutter and examine some of those “gig” jobs that are capable of creating a decent living.

1.  Uber – Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’re already aware of transportation giant, Uber. The company offers what are most likely the most flexible work hours in history advertising that Uber drivers can “earn money on their own terms”. With services available in over 58 countries, and new drivers being added to cities every day, it’s an understatement to say that Uber is taking the world by storm. The company’s CEO is on a mission to take down the taxi industry, and has claimed that a full-time Uber driver in New York City can make twice as much as the average NYC cab driver. Between the pay and the flexible work schedule, becoming an Uber driver is great for someone who enjoys driving around and living a less structured lifestyle, but it comes at a cost. Since Uber drivers are independent contractors, traditional benefits such as healthcare and dental are out the window.

2.  Thumbtack – If you are a skilled professional who has always dreamed of running your own business, Thumbtack can make that happen.

Find your inner entrepreneur

Find your inner entrepreneur

Thumbtack is an online marketplace that connects consumers with service providers all over the country. With a directory of services that runs the gamut from business services such as Social Media Marketing, and Security Guard Services, to specialty trades such as blacksmithing, and Mandarin Translation, Thumbtack uses its technology to match a customer’s needs with small businesses and independent professionals. You can jump right in and create a professional account for free. Thumbtack will only charge you when you send a custom quote to a potential customer.

3.  Etsy – Etsy is for the crafty creators and curators of the world. If you have a talent for making non-perishable goods, or just like to collect vintage items for the fun of it, you can sell it on Etsy. Similar to Thumbtack, thousands of people have successfully built a business off of this online platform that charges users literally pennies on the dollar to get started. Etsy is a wonderful marketplace for you to test your creative moxie and potentially turn a hobby in to a career. If anything, why not try to sell off your old Star Wars action figure collection and make a few extra bucks in the process?

4.  Home Parties – Gone are the days of just selling boring Tupperware! If you’re a social butterfly who loves to sell, consider going in to the home party business. There are plenty of categories to consider. From Pampered Chef, to Avon, to the ever-so-popular Thirty-One Gifts, becoming a home party representative frees you from the monotony of a 9-5 job and opens you up to a world filled with fun, laughter and instant cash! It’s not for everyone, however. While home parties can be enjoyed by both men and women, most are more recognized, and embraced by women.

5.  Work-From-Home Jobs – When you hear “work-from-home” your mind may immediately go to Internet scams and “get rich quick” schemes, but contrary to this belief job listings for remote work are quite common these days. A wide array of industries are aggressively advertising opportunities to work-from-home including Healthcare and Nursing, Insurance and Web Development and Design. Study after study shows that telecommuting is beneficial for companies as well as its employees. After all, happier people tend to be more productive. Although these jobs may require a larger time commitment, this type of employment made our list due to the fact that work-from-home employees are empowered to work from the comfort of their own homes without the stress of being micro-managed. That alone sounds like a great gig.

As you can see when it comes to on-demand employment no job is too big or too small. To find your next great gig start searching on Job.com now!

Times New Roman Is A Bad Choice For Résumés, Experts Say

Times New Roman may be a classic font, but it’s apparently a no-go when it comes to applying for a job.

Bloomberg recently spoke to a group of typography experts about the best and worst type fonts to use on a résumé. Times New Roman was labeled as respectable, but unadventurous and mundane.

“It’s telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected,” said Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design. Using the font in a résumé is akin to “putting on sweatpants” for an interview, he added.

Unsurprisingly, the typewriter-style font Courier and the jolly Comic Sans were also given the thumbs-down. Comic Sans shouldn’t even be looked at “unless you are applying to clown college,” Hoff said.

Among the favored fonts, Helvetica came out on top. The font “is beautiful,” said Matt Luckhurst, the creative director at brand consultancy firm Collins.

Go to Bloomberg to see the full list of best and worst résumé fonts.

Last month, Business News Daily posted its own list of the best fonts to use in a résumé.

“Since a prospective employer is looking at the résumé for only [a few] seconds, you want [a font] that is aesthetically pleasing and grabs the employer’s attention at a quick glance,” Wendi Weiner, a certified professional résumé writer and founder of The Writing Guru, told the website. “The résumé should be sophisticated in design with clear headings that stand out.”

Business News Daily picked Calibri, Garamond, Georgia and Trebuchet MS as some of their top résumé fonts.

Times New Roman also made the list, and was praised as being “clean” and “easy-to-read.” However, the website warned that “it may be construed as boring and unimaginative, and is unlikely to stand out in a sea of résumés.”

This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/28/times-new-roman-resume-best-worst-fonts_n_7167390.html

This article was written by Dominique Mosbergen from Huffington Post and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


The Job.com Team Goes on the Hunt for Their Quarterly Team Builder

You may have heard of the Amazing Race but how about the Egg-Mazing Race?  It’s one of the scavenger hunts found on the growingly popular, photo-centric, Goose Chase App. Yesterday, the Job.com team formed groups, downloaded the app on their phones and took to the streets of downtown Fredericksburg to complete zany challenges and locate uncommon oddities all while taking in the sights and sounds of our beautiful city.

Among the numerous missions were to find a far away out of state license plate, take a group picture with a police officer, locate a historical monument (which wasn’t too difficult to do in historic Fredericksburg), snap a photo with a tower of 30 pennies, find a knight in shining armor, and take a photo of each group member reading a page from a New York Times bestseller.

The team ended the event by sharing their photos and stories of the hunt at their favorite local bakery.

3 Reasons You Need a New Job

Embarking on a new career can be scary.  What can be even scarier is the idea of being stuck in a job you hate for an indefinite amount of time.  If you haven’t convinced yourself to go after that dream job let us remind you of 3 reasons you’re ready for a change:

1.  You’re not living up to your full potential.  Whether you’re feeling under utilized, or just plain bored, if you find yourself giving less than 100% in your current position it’s time to call it quits.  While it may be unreasonable to just up and leave your job you should be doing everything you can to find more fulfilling work in your spare time. More than likely you possess a certain set of skills and qualifications that are being sought out by a variety of employers.  If you believe in yourself, and the work you’re capable of doing, the hiring manager will as well at interview time.

2.  You’re not making enough money.  Money doesn’t always buy happiness but it at least buys security.  If you’re not feeling secure with your existing income then you need to be earning more.  Research what other people in your position are making in your area and prepare to have a conversation with your boss if you’re making less than the average.  On the flip side, if you are being fairly compensated and having a hard time making ends meet you have a couple of options:  step it up at work and earn yourself a promotion, or find a job that pays more.  Either way you’ll have your work cut out for you, but it will be worth the bigger paycheck in the end.

3.  You crave better work/life balance.  Life isn’t much fun when it’s all work and no play.  More and more cases are being built around the benefits of the flexible work schedule, and many employers are embracing it.  If you work in an office setting but can work online from virtually anywhere, why not let anywhere be home?  Between long commutes and constant distractions at the office, there’s a good chance you can be more productive working at your house in your pjs!  If teleworking can provide you with the freedom and flexibility you desire, why not get in with a company that offers this type of working environment?

Life is too short to be unhappy.  With millions of job opportunities circulating Job.com and the entire Internet this minute, you’re bound to find a job you’ll love.  Jump start your search and find a better job today.  Don’t forget to update your cover letter and resume while you’re at it!

The Best (and Worst) Places to Find a Job in 2015

Curious about which cities in the country have the most employment opportunities? Here is a list of both the best, and worst cities for employment in 2015, according to Manpower’s 2015 Employment Outlook Survey.

Top Cities for Employment:  

Cape Coral, FL
McAllen, TX
Deltona, FL
Grand Rapids, MI
Milwaukee, WI
Oxnard, CA
Honolulu, HI
New Orleans, LA
Austin, TX
Charleston, SC

Cape Coral, Florida is ranked #1 for jobs

Cape Coral, Florida is ranked #1 for jobs

Worst Cities for Employment

Spokane, WA
Portland, OR
Syracuse, NY
Rochester, NY
Indianapolis, IN

The most jobs by outlook can be found in:

Hospitality
Retail
Transportation
Technology
Education
Healthcare

Celebrating the Season at Job.com

This week the Job.com team took some time away from the office to help out in the community as well as to celebrate the season with one another.  As second year volunteers for the Marine Toys For Tots Program, the team gathered at the Northern Virginia Toys for Tots Headquarters to sort toys, haul boxes and fill gift orders. Job.com is proud to work alongside the Marines and their close friends and family members in an effort to bring some joy to those less fortunate.  After a memorable day of giving the team circled back in their Fredericksburg, VA office for their annual luncheon. The event consisted of a gift exchange, a Mediterranean buffet, and ended with a 2014 Pop Culture Trivia contest.  There was plenty of food, fun and laughter at this joyous event.

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Give Yourself the Gift of a New Job this Holiday Season

We can all afford a little extra cash during the holidays

We can all afford a little extra cash during the holidays

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, it may be tempting to put off your job search until the New Year. However both the job and labor markets are strengthening which give you two very good reasons for maintaining your motivation for finding a new job. If you find yourself coming up short on ideas on where to apply, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the top industries hiring job seekers of all backgrounds from skilled workers to savvy business professionals.

1.  Retail – The number one industry hiring right now is retail. Stores small and large are always looking for a variety of new employees this time of year.

2.  Transportation – This industry is hot on hiring right now. Companies are gearing up for the hectic holiday travel and gift giving season.

3.  Automotive – With auto sales steadily rising there is no time like the present to search for jobs in this industry.

4.  Telecommunications – As both business and consumer technology continues to evolve, more and more jobs will become available in the Telecommunications and Wireless Industry.

5.  Insurance – With Obamacare entering its second year of open enrollment, insurance companies are staffing up to help guide consumers through the process.

Start searching jobs in these industries and more and find yourself a new job this holiday season!

 

It’s a Homemade Halloween at the Job

Although it’s difficult to break away from our desks and the work that surrounds us, research has proven that a little play in the office helps with employee productivity. Today the Job.com team celebrated that notion with a sweet and savory Halloween party.  The treats along with the costumes were mostly homemade which made this gathering a festive one.

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The Art of the Job Search – Always Be Looking

You may have heard the phrase “Always Be Learning.” To be the best you can be, in your professional and personal life, this certainly holds true. We can and should always be learning. Learning doesn’t cease just because we receive a degree or reach a certain age. We can always learn more about our surroundings and others.

There is another phrase to follow in life – Always Be Looking. If the recession and economic uncertainty of past years taught us one thing, it could be that we never know the real security of our jobs and lifestyles. One day we can have it all, and the next day be forced to look for a new opportunity. While the shock of being laid off or having our companies close cannot be lessened through preparation, we should always be learning and looking. Looking for other opportunities in our field, or in other fields, and keeping our options open.

Know Where Your Industry is Going. Are the number of job opportunities growing in your field, or are positions like yours disappearing? By constantly looking for job opportunities, you can spot trends, gain the education you need, and be proactive in your career.

Give Yourself Goals. Research jobs you would want down the road. If you are in college or a training school, look for positions you would want to apply to after graduation. If you are in a field and want to move up (and who doesn’t), look at the descriptions and requirements of those jobs that would appeal to you in 1 year, 5 years, or more. Create a path to success by gaining the education and experience needed for those positions.

Create a Game Plan for a Worst-Case Scenario. If you lost your job next week, what would be your first steps? By regularly researching the types of jobs available in your field, and the companies where you would want to work, you would have knowledge of where to begin your next aggressive job search.

Job.com is a job board with a focus of putting America Back to Work. If you are ready to continue (or begin) your resolution to Always Be Looking, visit our site to conduct tailored job searches and research tools available to reach employers and recruiters across the nation. As always, the Job.com team wishes you success!