Taking on Someone Who is Changing Careers

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Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, people in job markets across the world are looking for new jobs, to do something new as their work. It has, quite literally, been decades since people were changing careers in these numbers.

According to a recent survey conducted by findcourses.co.uk, more than a third (35%) of people are actively looking to change careers. Strikingly, a huge 89% of people who are happy in their current roles are also dabbling with the idea of changing careers.

As much of a reset and adaption as this is for jobseekers and career changers, it is also a major change for employers. So, just how can employers embrace this sudden new normal?

Changing Careers

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Look at Funding Options

If you want to take advantage of this sudden new talent pool from which you can draw, then a good place to start is by looking at your funding options.

Training people takes time and money. While some organizations might be able to take on apprentices or a handful of trainees each year, taking on a greater number than usual might prove to be financially challenging.

In response to the pandemic, many national governments have set up funding chests. In the United States, this is happening at more of the state than the federal level. Either way, there is funding out there that can be utilized to help people change careers.

Consider Unsolicited Applications

Unlike fresh graduates, those who have been in the workforce for a while might use their networks to find opportunities. As such, your organization might receive applications through less conventional routes.

It might be a CV and a letter of interest sent to a general enquiries email, or a curious phone call made to your HR department. Either way, take the time to at least look at these unsolicited applications. In order to be more confident, taking soft skills courses could help you out at this stage.

HR professionals are now taking more into consideration the communication, leadership, and collaboration capabilities of their candidates, something you can easily refresh by going through programs like interpersonal skills training.

People who are looking to change careers and have sent an unsolicited application might well have transferable skills or relevant experience that not only makes them suitable to join your company but can also add value.

For example, someone who has worked in HR for many years but is now looking to go into sales will have transferable skills and a natural eye for people that will come in useful. In this case, getting skills with sales training beforehand will increase the chances of you completing your career change successfully. Therefore, it would be no great chore to train this person.

Always glance at unsolicited applications. It may just be worth your while.

Take advantage of professionals who are changing careers

According to a survey conducted by findcourses.co.uk, a little over a third of people are actively wanting to change careers, with almost 90% of those who are happy in their current roles flirting with the idea. As such, the talent pool for employers is larger than it has been in decades.

You should take full advantage of this by, first and foremost, looking at your funding options. Many national and regional governments have put funding pots in place to which you can apply for special funding to take on a new trainee.

You should also consider unsolicited applications. People might be reaching out to your organization through their networks rather than through more traditional channels. As such, experienced, educated people might be missed should your organization not consider unsolicited applications.

Author: Luke Sandford
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Luke is a writer and content producer at Educations Media Group. Currently based in Lund, he is originally from the UK and graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has written for several outlets and worked as an English teacher.

2020: What we’ve learnt

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2020, the year the Covid-19 pandemic broke into our lives, was especially hard for most of us. It forced us to get used to a new reality in a matter of days. Some changes were already there but they got accelerated. The impact was felt in every sphere: mentally, physically, on the economy… and of course, on how we work.

Remote working

One of our guest writers remarked that 70% of UK workers will be working flexibly even after the Covid (‘Why the work from home revolution is coming’). More versatility, a better work-life balance, and, according to some studies, higher productivity are on the ‘pros’ side of this new experience.

Of course, not everything is positive. There is enough evidence to support that there is value in presential work: spontaneous, face-to-face exchange with colleagues makes collaboration easier, allows co-creation, and possibly results in a more integrated team. We still need to find a formula to combine the benefits without affecting the production of collective intelligence.

Time management

The future of smart working depends much on our individual capacity to adapt without affecting our efficiency or personal routine. According to one of our recent articles, we should ‘try to recreate the structure that comes with working onsite by limiting distractions and setting boundaries’ at home.

Recommendations for remote working efficiently and in a healthy way have filled newspaper pages, taken up our LinkedIn feed and thousands of Twitter threads. If you’re still struggling to adapt to it, here are a few tips.

Emerging jobs

The pandemic not only showed how valuable our healthcare system and professionals are. It also revealed a shortage of trained workers in this sector, especially nurses, doctors, and support workers. For those professionals and students who are still formulating their future, the Covid crisis has opened the potential for developing more meaningful and contributive careers for society.

As the distribution of goods has become increasingly important for the economy, the Logistics sector is creating jobs on a massive scale. But it is not limited to this: professionals in Education, Finance, IT, and Construction are also highly in demand.

New job search technologies

Recruitment also adapted and reshaped at a very fast rate. Companies accelerated the implementation of some emerging technologies to continue hiring despite all odds.

Video interviews have become the new norm throughout the entire hiring process. Evaluations, questionnaires, and even contracts are signed online. Paperwork became paperless.

Other tools being implemented, such as AI-powered software used by recruiters to manage their hiring process and chatbots that enable a fluid exchange between candidates and companies.

And as for job seekers, conducting a virtual job search is mandatory now. Fortunately, most candidates are already aware of search engines such as JobisJob to browse and apply in a fast and simple way.

There’s always hope

It has been a great opportunity to appreciate our own ability to adapt and to learn. We learnt how to work and live smarter, how resilient we are, and above all, we also learnt that physical distance is not a barrier to stay connected and accomplish things together.

7 Ways How Social Media Can Influence Your Career Success

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At first glance, social media and career-building might not be related to each other. However, you might be pursuing a social networking career, or you simply might want to improve your social network skills – in both cases, you will need to learn how to use social media platforms. Moreover, social media can influence your career both positively and negatively. Hence, here are the seven ways of how social media can help your career or harm it.

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1. Keeping an Online Portfolio

First and foremost, social media platforms can be used to keep an online portfolio. Platforms like Pinterest and Instagram that mostly rely on visual content can be used by visual creators such as photographers, artists, and graphic designers. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter that mostly rely on text can be used by writers and journalists. There are even dedicated platforms like Medium (writing) and DeviantArt (art), but you can mostly use different platforms for all kinds of content.

By having an online portfolio on display on one of the social media platforms, you will be able to showcase your work and grow your online following. You will also get a unique opportunity: every time someone wants to hire you and requests your portfolio, you can simply send them a link to your profile where they can view your works and see the reaction to them that will serve as social proof.

2. Documenting Your Mistakes

The downside of having a social media account (or multiple accounts) is that each and every one of your mistakes gets documented. This can be especially damaging when you have a substantial follower base. Even if you upload something and then delete it a few minutes or moments later, someone may already save it and then reproduce it elsewhere online which will, in turn, damage your reputation and may cause a scandal.

If you have been using social media networks for a few years, you probably forgot some things you posted online. Your views may have changed, so whatever offensive statement you tweeted two years ago is probably not something you’d tweet now. But the Internet remembers which means anyone can dig up your past mistakes and use them against you – including your potential employers.

3. Connecting with Employers

Speaking of employers, social media platforms are widely used by individual clients and companies alike to find freelancers or regular employees to work for them. In fact, some platforms like LinkedIn are specifically designed to connect specialists from all over the world as well as those working together in the same office.

Someone may notice your art on your Instagram profile. Once they check out more of your works posted online, they decide to get in touch with you and ask you about a project they need help on. This is, undoubtedly, a great opportunity to get a client who comes to you rather than someone you are spending your time looking for. Besides, if they like what you produce for them, they might come back for more.

4. Getting A Bad Reputation

As mentioned above, social media platforms document your every move, you every mistake. In essence, this can lead to terrifying results, but going through a scandal is one thing while getting a bad reputation is another. Some employers may forgive your old tweets and hire you once the crowd has calmed down, but if you get into multiple scandals, your reputation may be permanently damaged.

As Monica Connor from the custom writing reviews site Online Writers Rating says, ‘Social media platforms, especially the popular ones like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, can be very dangerous for your career if you treat them irresponsibly. You need to be careful with what you say and avoid getting into arguments or insulting anyone.’

5. Finding Future Partners

Freelancers and specialists are not the only ones who can benefit career-wise from using social media platforms. Entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, start-up owners, and business owners can use social media to find and connect with future partners.

Indeed, there are special websites and directories with investors and the like, but many small businesses started with two people finding each other on regular social media platforms and working together to open the business they both dreamed about. Friends often become business partners, so why can’t these be online friends?

6. Learning Useful Information

Educating yourself may feel like something you had done at high school and then in college or university, but learning is actually something you need to do your whole life if you want to stay up-to-date with the latest events and achievements. Specialists aren’t just specialists because they have a degree – it’s also because they have experience and are constantly ‘leveling up’ their knowledge in their sphere.

Incidentally, social media platforms can help you learn a lot of useful information both in your sphere and on other topics. YouTube, for example, has millions of videos explaining complicated and simple concepts on topics ranging from history to engineering to graphic design. Facebook has groups dedicated to various subjects while Instagram has accounts that post tutorials, facts, tips, etc.

7. Building A Positive Brand on Social Media

Last but not least, while social media can easily get you into a scandal, it can also help you build a positive brand for yourself. This doesn’t just concern your business (if you have one) – it also means an image of who you are as a person.

You may be a professional investigative journalist or you could be a makeup artist working for an up-and-coming celebrity – in both cases, you can use social media platforms to find like-minded people and those interested in who you are and what you do. In other words, social media networks offer you opportunities that you wouldn’t have if you only interacted with your immediate, friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances.

Final Thoughts

All in all, social media platforms are definitely an important part of our lives – but they are also crucial for our careers. Avoid making mistakes listed in this article and follow the tips that will help you use social media to its fullest and build your career with its help.

Author: Frank Hamilton
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Frank has been working as an editor at essay review service Best Writers Online. He is a professional writing expert in such topics as blogging, digital marketing, and self-education. He also loves traveling and speaks Spanish, French, German, and English.

Freelance Jobs You Can Enjoy While Studying at University

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Being at university comes with a lot of new things. Your schedule is not as strict as in high school, and you can have classes all day. You get to know a lot of new people and hang out with them. You need to study, to write your assignments, and take your exams.

And you need money. Students’ lives are filled with parties, traveling, adventure, presents, friends, and many things to do. Even though you can do all these on a budget, earning your own money opens a new door.

But not all jobs are suited for students. You need a flexible job that allows you to learn and develop yourself in university and have time for yourself. And, ideally, you need a job that does not require you to go to the office.

Freelance jobs are for students that want to make some money while studying at university. Before you start searching for a job, think about these 6 freelance jobs you can have as a student.

Freelance Jobs for Students

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1. Freelance Writer

Freelancing jobs come with the flexibility you need as a student. You can work from your dormitory. All you need to do is to find a job that you can enjoy while studying at university. Being a freelance writer is one of these jobs that can help you develop your skills while making money.

Essay writers from Uni Assignment Help say that there are many types of writings or content you can create. For example, you can be a ghostwriter and write articles on topics that are of interest to you. You can be a content creator or a copywriter, thus you will interact more with the marketing world. Or you can be a technical writer and learn more about the technical world.

There are many subtypes of freelance writer jobs, you only need to find the one right for you. This job will help you develop your creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills.

2. Online Tutor

Now that almost all activities have shifted online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you can easily find freelancing jobs that can easily be included in your agenda. Online tutoring is one of these jobs. You can choose a subject you are good at and offer your help to people who do not understand it so well.

The world of online tutoring is constantly developing, and if you are more of a night-owl, you can be an online tutor for people from the other side of the globe. The same is valid for the case in which you are more productive during the day.

You can teach other people English or foreign languages, such as Spanish, Japanese, French, and so on. Or help them understand complex topics from Maths, Informatics, Chemistry, Music, History, and others.

3. Tester

Now that the technological world is discovering more and more, new products, services, apps, or websites appear in the online world. However, much of these are developed by small teams of people that begin their journey in the world of entrepreneurship.

They are looking for people to test their products. There are two types of testing: manual and automatic. Manual testing requires you to use the product and look for bugs. Automatic testing is what happens behind, where you create automatic tests and you need to have knowledge of coding.

If you do not know anything about coding, you can be a freelance manual tester. Just navigate the website, use the product or the service, and test its functionalities.

4. Social Media Manager

It’s not a secret anymore that the new generations are the most prepared to use the technology. If you love spending time on social media, you can be a freelance social media manager. You probably already know all the tips and tricks for a useful use of social media channels, so this job suits you like a glove.

There are many companies and businesses that are looking for creative and well-informed people to work as social media managers. So, if you like this domain, you will surely find something right for you.

5. Graphic Designer

If you are very creative, artistic, and love graphic design, then maybe you can get a job as a graphic design freelancer. This job gives you the flexibility you need while you are in university, while also helping you improve your skills.

The more you practice, the better you will be. And this experience as a graphic design freelancer can turn to be pretty valuable when you will add it to your resume. However, the competition in the freelancing world of design is fierce, so you need to offer professionalism and ingenuity. You can sign up for accounts on freelancing platforms dedicated to the graphic design world and add your works and build your portfolio.

6. Web Developer

Even the most skeptical people have begun to admit that the online world can help you promote your business. However, many of these people do not have the time or the knowledge to develop their websites, so there is a constant demand for web developers.

You do not need to know how to code to be a web developer. There are many platforms that can help you build a catchy and nice website. Some of them are more intuitive, while others are more complex. But if you practice and learn everything about them, you will be able to develop a website efficiently.

Freelance jobs are the right solution

While studying at university, you discover a new world. You need to learn for your exams, write your assignments, party with your friends, go out, and embark on adventures. But you also need money and a flexible and enjoyable job, so freelancing is the right solution.

There are many jobs you can do as a freelancer, but it all depends on your skills, passions, and interests. You can be a freelance writer, online tutor, or web developer. There is also a demand for graphic designers, social media managers, or testers. Just find the job right for you and start making money.

Author: Michael Gorman
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Michael is a highly skilled freelance writer and proofreader from the UK who currently works at Australia Assignment helper and College Paper reviews. He writes the Best Essay on topics such as freelancing, marketing, and business. Being interested in everyday development, he writes various blog posts and discovers new aspects of human existence every day.

Why the work from home revolution is coming

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We’re all aware by now that COVID-19 has sparked a surge in flexible working across the UK. This began out of necessity, as working from home was advised wherever possible, but Britain’s workers have continued to stay at home in large numbers even after lockdown.

Although there is likely to be more of a return to normal working patterns once the COVID-19 crisis has fully passed, once the genie has escaped the bottle it’s hard to put it back in fully. As a new study from Direct Line shows, HR directors are expecting that 70% of UK workers will be working flexibly in one form or another after COVID-19. Here’s why the work from home revolution is on the way.

Work from home means greater freedom

The clue is in the name: flexible working allows workers to have more flexibility and freedom in how they balance their home and work lives. Whether they choose to work from home for only a few days a week, or even the whole week, workers have the power to choose the working pattern that suits them best.

The benefits of this are clear: working parents will be able to pick their children up from school, or work from home when they’re ill, for example. On the other end of the spectrum, the ability to work flexibly can be incredibly important for those workers who may have caring responsibilities for elderly parents.

When working from home can improve work-life balance to such a significant degree, many workers will be asking why they should be made to revert back to the traditional 9-5 in the office.

Mental health benefits

Work-related mental health problems are sadly a big problem across the UK, and working from home can help to alleviate this. As well as the improved work-life balance we’ve already covered, working from home benefits mental health in other ways too. One of the biggest positive changes is less time spent traveling to and from work. The daily commute can be a punishing ordeal for many workers – a life spent leaving home in the early morning, and returning late at night, can quickly become very depressing. Workers who commute long hours during the week have little time for anything else in their lives, and the experience itself can be stressful. Spending hours each day in cramped train carriages or in traffic jams is far from ideal for a lot of people.

Working from home (with no commute to worry about) can also allow more time for exercise during the working day: in the morning, evening, or even in the afternoon to break up the day. It goes without saying, of course, that the physical and mental health benefits of regular exercise are significant.

The tip of the iceberg

These are only a few of the most obvious benefits of working from home. The liberation of workers’ lives from a rigid, all-consuming work timetable can be hugely beneficial in a number of different ways. They can spend more time with their family, or on rewarding hobbies and activities, and all of this has the potential to increase their wellbeing.

The benefits for employees are clear, and it’s easy to see why demand is increasing from their point of view. But employers are starting to see the benefits, too, and this is another reason why the work from home revolution is coming. Happy workers are productive workers, and there is evidence to suggest that working from home could actually boost productivity – and save employers a fortune in office rental costs at the same time.

Author: Eliie Hayes