Are You Ready to Move into the Flexible Jobs Market?

2017 might be the year when flexible jobs explode. For many looking to wrest some control back over their working lives, this could be the year. Flexible jobs give people the ability to have more control over when and where they work. For some this means cutting down from full-time, 9 to 5, Monday to Friday working, while for others it means taking their job and moving it to the spare bedroom. Initial results are showing higher levels of job satisfaction and higher rates of engagement and productivity within the work itself.

Flexible Jobs with Potential

According to, there are 20 jobs above all others which are primed to be the top flexible jobs of 2017. These are:

  1. Statistician
  2. Product Manager
  3. Physical Therapy Assistant
  4. Operations Manager
  5. Operations Analyst
  6. Office Manager
  7. Occupational Therapy Assistant
  8. Nurse Practitioner
  9. Nurse – ICU
  10. Medical Director
  11. Information Security Analyst/Manager
  12. Genetic Counselor
  13. Front-End Developer
  14. Financial Analyst
  15. Data Scientist
  16. Client Services Coordinator
  17. Business Process Analyst
  18. Business Development
  19. Account Manager
  20. Account Executive

With 63% of employees believing the 8 hour work day will soon be a thing of the past, it is worth considering if flexible work is right for you. The main considerations are financial and practical. Can you afford to work less? And can your job be done from home? Or can it be shared? Then you have to see if your company is willing to enter into flexible working arrangements. Reduced work, for example suits those with savings, stable income from a partner, or a second job/side hustle to fall back on or build up. Those on low wages with financial insecurity cannot afford the less work option, but may be able to wrangle a work from home remote position if it improves productivity for your employer.

Can You Go 100% Flexible?

For the above, it is mostly about reconstructing or renegotiating jobs you are already in. For many, this is not an option. The first decade of the 20th century saw an explosion of jobs relating to the Internet. So far, the second decade has seen working patterns fracture and become more flexible with more jobs being related to servicing online needs or performing everyday business tasks and services online. The so-called gig economy has been around for a long time, but it seems more prevalent now and has allowed many people fired from work to instantly get back up on their feet and move forward with their lives. Instead of applying for a steady stream of jobs, many people are able to brainstorm how to turn their situation into a job or at least a steady income be it driving people around or delivering items.

Make no mistake, the flexible lifestyle of a freelancer can be stressful. You do have the ability to work when you want, as you want, but each gig is not always well paying, and they may be hard to obtain too. You need tremendous self-discipline and the ability to go out there and make things work for you. Furthermore, whether a freelancer or a remote worker, flexible work needs a lot of organization and an ability to ignore distractions. Strike the right balance, work hard, and it can be a very rewarding lifestyle.

Jenny Holt is a former HR executive turned freelance writer, who now spends more time with her young family and ageing, but ever eager Labrador, Rover.

Executives Need Resumes, Too!

When you are looking for a new job as an executive, you need a resume that will stand out from the competition.

That said do you feel like you alone have the ability to craft a stellar resume? If not, where will you turn for assistance?

If you are thinking that help is needed, turning to an executive resume writing service could be the best call you ever make.

For those in this position, how do you know you’re hiring the best executive resume writers to handle the job for you? Do you go with those having the most experience? What about those coming in with the most affordable rates? Lastly, how can you separate one from the other?

With all these questions to answer, be sure to take the time in sorting through a number of executive resume writing services, ultimately deciding which one has your best interests in mind.

The days of simply dropping a resume in the mail and waiting by the phone for a call are all but gone.

In today’s digital age, the majority of resumes go via computers and mobile devices, with both substance and design at the top of the list of winning resumes.

Spread the Word About Your Talents

So that you can ultimately get your foot in the door for an interview, keep these pointers in mind:

  1. Experience – First and foremost, your executive experience is what needs to come across on your resume, along with when you are granted interviews. Separate yourself from the competition by showcasing how you can be trusted in such an important position within the company. Being able to pinpoint certain times you were asked to lead at your current or former employer is certainly noteworthy, along with how you have been able to get results in whatever executive position/s you have held over the years;
  2. Drive – As great as your experience may be, having the drive to succeed in a potential new job is critical too. Prospective employers want to see candidates who come to interviews with a passion for the job. If you show up without asking any questions about the company, show little or no enthusiasm about your career, and seem like you are just there to gain some more interviewing experience, you are all but a goner when it comes to consideration. As someone who has been an executive at some point in your career (past or present), showing employers a passion for a position will oftentimes get you to a second interview or even the job itself;
  3. Personality – Given executives are oftentimes tasked with running meetings, rallying the employees together, and breaking down how each employee under their management will best assist the company, executives need to have a personality that paints them as both leaders and trustworthy. If you have a personality that is more introvert than extrovert, you could find yourself facing rather difficult hurdles in an executive role with a new employer. Employers want to see someone who can take control of a situation, giving direction to each and every worker. When it comes right down to it, employers want executives who can come up with solutions, not lead to more issues and/or problems to be solved. It is all a matter of being willing to take the bull by the horns, not stand in the background. As you interview with different employers, show them that you are able to step up and be noticed.

When the time comes for your executive resume to shine, don’t hesitate to reach out to a service that can do just that.

In a day and age when jobs can be difficult to come by, it is important that you do all you can to make your resume stand out from the crowd.

In doing so, you will position yourself for an executive job, one that may very well keep you employed for years to come.

Just remember that your resume says a lot about you in terms of your experience, personality, character and more.

Turning to professionals to help you highlight those traits is your first step.

About the Author: Dave Thomas covers business topics on the web.

Constructing the Best Fields to Find Work In

With the job market becoming more competitive, it can be difficult for you to land your desired job.

constructionOne thing you can do to increase your chances of getting hired is to do some research before you start your job search.


By identifying industries that are hiring extensively, you will be able to expand your employment options and find jobs that truly suit your interests, talents and needs.

Here is a look at a few of the industries that have been in a hiring frenzy in 2015….

Information Services

A survey conducted by Michigan State University revealed that the information services sector is one of the industries that have been experiencing rapid employment growth.

Hiring among telecommunications, broadcasting, publishing and motion pictures companies will increase by 51 percent compared to last year. A large number of companies in this industry are start-ups, which means that just a few hires can increase the size of their workforce significantly.

Google and Facebook are examples of big companies that belong to this category, and they are known for hiring hundreds of college graduates every year.


According to an article entitled “Construction Employers Add 39,000 Jobs in January“, the construction industry added about 308,000 new jobs over a one-year period before January, 2015, causing its unemployment rate to fall from 12.3 percent to 9.8 percent.

In January alone, it made approximately 39,000 hires, and the figure is expected to rise in the near future. The biggest gain occurred in the field of building specialty trades, which saw an increase of 19,500 jobs in January. This employment gain is the result of a significant rise in construction spending, which totaled $916 billion in 2014.

According to experts, there is a possibility that every area of the construction industry will experience growth in 2015.

Finance and Insurance

The above-mentioned Michigan State University survey also showed that companies in the finance and insurance sector will be increasing hiring by 31 percent.

Over the past few years, many big banks had slashed their mortgage units and downsized their investment banking divisions, and therefore, they had to cut back on hiring. In 2015, they are expected to step up their hiring efforts to make up for the cutbacks.

Information Technology

IT hiring may have slowed down, but it is still growing at a rapid pace compared to other industries.

In a survey conducted by Computerworld, about 24 percent of respondents said that they are planning to hire more IT employees in 2015.

The most sought after technical skills are those that are needed by companies in expansion mode, which means that organizations will continue to invest in IT infrastructures.

Examples of IT professionals that are in high demand include programmers, project managers, help desk and technical support professionals, security and compliance governance experts, web developers, database administrators, business intelligence and analytics experts, and mobile app developers.

After you have determined which industry you hope to enter, you can use a wide array of online tools to find a suitable employer, such as job search websites and social media networks.

About the Author: John McMalcolm is a freelance writer who writes on a wide range of subjects, from social media marketing to Cloud computing.

Should I Take My Career Aspirations Online?

The days of finding a job in your local paper are ending.

idea_plan_actionWhile you can still find a job in print media, most people (and employers) have turned to the internet. It’s cheaper (or free) to advertise, it’s faster and, most importantly, job postings online reach hundreds of thousands of people.

Companies know that in order to find the best candidates, they need to broaden their scope.

Don’t Underestimate Internet

Whether you’re looking to switch careers entirely or you’re just looking to switch companies, don’t underestimate the power of the internet.

Here are four ways you can find a good job online:

  • Job boards – This is the most popular way for people to find a job. With so many applicants for each listing, though, it can be hard to land an interview. Top job boards include CareerBuilder, Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster and SimplyHired. Job boards allow you to filter your searches based on industry, job title, location, availability and more. You can also upload your resume to the sites so employers can find you.
  • LinkedIn – Professional social media network LinkedIn is quickly becoming one of the top ways to find a job. You build a profile listing all of your strengths, qualities, work experiences, volunteer experiences and what you’re looking to find. You can then join groups and network with like-minded people and companies. Hoping to land a gig writing for your favorite magazine? LinkedIn can connect you to the editor and possibly get you an ‘in.’
  • Social media – Networking via social media connects you to thousands of other people. They say getting a job is all about who you know, not what you know. By expanding the people you know, you are exposing yourself to more job opportunities and connections. Also, don’t be shy about letting people know that you’re in the market for a new job. You could post a Facebook status to your family and friends expressing that you’re in the job market. There’s a good chance someone will respond with a lead.
  • Your own blog – While blogging is particularly important for those in the writing and marketing fields, it can also be a valuable tool for people in any industry. If you’re an architect, for example, you could showcase your portfolio online via a blog. As the following article looks at, maybe you’re wondering, “How do I become a home inspector?” You could do an internet search and find blogs on people who do that job for a living and perhaps find someone to connect you to a home inspector job in your area.

When looking for a job online, the biggest takeaways are to be creative and to not be shy.

Don’t be afraid to “friend” an employee of a company you hope to work for. Be genuine in forming a relationship with that person and feel free to ask them questions about their job. The bottom line, networking can be a great asset in your job search.

People love talking about themselves, so if you aren’t afraid to approach people you just may land that dream job you’ve always wanted.

About the Author: Sarah Brooks is a freelance writer living in Charlotte, NC. She writes on a variety of topics including small businesses, jobs and personal finance.

Is a Career Switch Calling You?

Could it be time for a career switch? Each year, according to Forbes, more than 2 million Americans quit their jobs, presumably for a new one. And a recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive uncovered the astonishing statistic that 74% of Americans would seriously consider getting a new job. Are you one of them?

idea_plan_actionWhy would so many people be unhappy with their jobs in their 30’s?

One reason may be that we are called upon very early in life to decide on a career choice that is intended to last for the rest of our lives. College freshmen may get away with not declaring a major, but by sophomore year, the pressure is on to decide how you want to spend the rest of your life.

Understand the Career World

How are we to know at such a tender age what daily work life is like in the career we choose?

Of course you will know what a certain professional does in general, but the detailed, specific, day-to-day activities don’t necessarily make themselves known until you’re actually hired to do that job.

By then you’ve accumulated massive amounts of student loans that require immediate payment installments. And if you’re unlucky, you may have proud parents eagerly watching your every career move, hoping you’ll follow in dear daddy’s footsteps, as he did with his father, and his father, and so on.

Is it Time to Make New Dreams?

But now it’s your turn. You may be hearing the quiet voice in your head whispering about how tired you are of living someone else’s dream. How tired you are of working for people whom you don’t respect. How tired you are of your daily commute. How tired you are, period.

Can you find a new career at age 30 and beyond? What if you make the same mistake and find yourself in the same spot 20 years from now?

Big changes like this come at a price. Sometimes the toll is just financial, but sometimes the cost is emotional. When you announce that you want a total career change, you will be rocking the boat. Your family may wonder if daddy’s “losing it.”

The reality is, daddy might lose it if he doesn’t do a career change.

As the following article shows, here is why a career change in your 30’s might be a great thing.

A career change can be just the right thing to re-energize your passion for work. When you work at something you love and feel passionate about, you never have to work another day of your life, because it won’t feel like work.

Plan it Out

Start simple. First, don’t quit your current job. The second you do, you’ll feel enormous pressure that will prevent you from thinking clearly about what you really want to do for the rest of your life.

Spend some of your free time alone, remembering your youth. Go back to those early days and recall what things gave you joy. What made you smile?

Whatever gave you joy then will probably give you joy now. And now you have the experience and maturity to turn those young passions into a lucrative new career.

Once you’ve carved out a sensible path that combines financial security with your passion, you’ll be ready to consider making the switch to a new career.

About the Article: Kate Supino writes about best business practices.

Just How Do You Go About Finding a Job?

Long gone are the days of walking into an establishment after seeing a hiring poster on the window and securing a job.

Today, hardly anyone takes applications at the retail establishment or office. With the advancement of online forms and job websites, many companies are putting their jobs online to get a wider pool of applicants.


If you are one of millions of people looking for a new employment opportunity, here are some tips on getting a job:

Get Social

To really tap into the largest pool of job availabilities, you are going to have to use social media.

Whether it is the companies posting jobs or you working your network to get your resume out to the public, social media is quickly becoming an ideal way to get a job. It is the best way for companies to get targeted results and for job seekers to get the most ideal chance at employment.

Sites such as LinkedIn and Google+ have better results with job seeking than Twitter, so make sure your LinkedIn profile has been endorsed and is up-to-date.

Get Mobile

Another great way to extend your job search arena is to find great job apps on your mobile phone.

Both iPhone and Android phones have job search apps that can help you find the career of your dreams. In today’s fast paced world, it is all about the internet and your mobile, so make sure you aren’t negating them for your job chance.

Apps can also help you beef up your resume and clean up your CV to look the best for potential employers.

Dress Appropriately in Person and Online

You are going to want to look the part when it comes down to the interview.

Recruiters are looking for someone that is clean, confident, and competent. Even before you get that crucial interview, go to every profile you can remember creating and update the photo.

Especially on social media sites, you are going to want a professional head shot for your photo and not one of you at last weekend’s frat party. When companies come looking, you want them to be pleased at what they see.

That said make sure your online profiles leave nothing to risk.

According to a 2012 Career Builder report, two in five employers now turn to social-networking sites to screen potential employees.

If you have questionable tweets, shares etc. using site such as can help lessen the chances employers will come across them, allowing you to better control what others see about you online. Remember, the last thing you want is an employer search to turn up negative information or images tied to you.

More Niche Jobs

Recently, there have been more job sites and job boards that are niche related.

Employers want candidates that fill a specific need or know a specific area of technology.

In fact, the National Association of Colleges and Employers projects a 13 percent hiring increase for college graduates that have computer, business, and engineering niches. If you have specific skill sets, you may want to look into this specialized job boards to find recruiters looking for your job knowledge.

Getting hired may seem more difficult, but in reality there are far more ways to get a job than ever before.

If you make sure you are open to all opportunities and take care to adjust your social media profiles, you can reasonably expect to find a job sooner rather than later.

About the Author: Tina Samuels writes on a variety of business-related topics for various websites.