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  1. The expenses associated with college can be difficult to anticipate--even if you scored a few great scholarships, even if you commute to school. In order to help offset costs, many students opt to take on part-time jobs, or find paid internships. Doing so shows great responsibility, and can certainly result in more money in your pocket. However, a part-time job may not work with a busy, disordered student schedule, and it may have nothing to do with the field you're actually studying. Internships, too, can be quite demanding during the semester, and many offer compensation only in the form of college credit. And, with Covid-19 still wreaking havoc on the job market, finding either a job or an internship have become far slimmer possibilities. So, it may be the perfect time for college students to explore the option of freelancing. While this path doesn't necessarily seem as steady a work-source as an hourly job, it can be quite advantageous. Firstly, you get to make your own hours, and don't have to take on tasks when you don't have the time for them. For instance, during finals week. Moreover, you can use freelancing as a chance to strengthen your skills in certain areas, particularly in those related to your major. And lastly, you get to decide how much your time and energy is worth, as you define your own rates. No longer do you have to work for minimum wage. Finding The Right Field For You So, you've decided that freelancing may be the best option for you to consider right now. Here are some fields to look into when deciding your focus. From Freelance Writing to Dogsitting, there is bound to a perfect freelance gig for your personal interests. Social Media Strategist: The majority of college students fall under the zoomers category with a keen eye for social media management. Running a company's social media account can be a fun way to make money with a flexible schedule that you control. You would serve as the voice of the brand and help increase the engagement on the company's platform. To get started, reach out to local companies directly and add your resume to job boards related to social media management. Online Tutor: As a college student, you know how the learning process works first-hand, and how difficult certain topics can be to learn. If you know that you perform particularly well in a certain subject, consider becoming an online tutor. You can build your own tutoring business by catering to your fellow college students or connecting with K-12 students. This field relies heavily on client referrals, so consider asking your clients to refer you to friends and fellow classmates. Freelance Writer or Editor: If you have a love for writing, this is the perfect opportunity to consider. Through freelance writing, you have the ability to set your own rate and pick which gigs you want to consider. With the availability to set your own schedule, you make money from researching and writing about virtually any topic from the comforts of your home. You can begin your freelance writing gig by pitching stories to local magazines that interest you and checking social media sites for specific opportunities. Graphic Designer: Graphic design has become one of the most sought out freelance opportunities as companies, small business owners, and individuals looking to build their personal brand want unique website banners and company logos. If you have a history in design and interest in growing in your creative field, consider building a business in graphic design. There are a number of opportunities on social media and on professional sites that will grant you the opportunity to build your portfolio. Photographer or Videographer: If you own a DSLR camera, consider turning your fun hobby into a small business. There are several people looking for photographers and videographers who can capture special events, like social events, concerts, and even school events. With the ability to decide, which gigs you want to shoot you will have the opportunity to build your portfolio and decide which hours work best for your schedule It takes a while to build your portfolio, but beginning a relevant freelance gig in your career can be especially beneficial. Here are some resources to help begin your freelance journey smoothly. Which Resources Are Available To You? Unless you already have potential clients who have expressed interest in working with you, then you need to start somewhere. Right now, most if not all freelancers are working from home. Fortunately, the necessary resources for getting started and for sustaining your freelancing goals are online. Good websites to use for launching your services are Fiverr and Upwork. Both of these sites will guide you through the pricing and communication processes. Keep in mind, though, that websites tailored for freelancers usually take a predetermined percentage of each project's earnings. For example, Fiverr takes a 20% commission on every gig you make. For this reason, while it's good to start on a freelance tailored website, this should only be the first step in your journey. Another resource for getting your independent work off the ground is to use social media. If you're a current college student or recent graduate, you're probably already familiar with the social networking scene. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest are great for spreading the word regarding the kind of business you offer. Likewise, making different pages and accounts for your work on social media can help you market that work as separate from your private life. If you choose to market yourself or your business on social media, then it's important to use a secure platform for financial transactions. If you'd rather sell handmade projects, like pieces of art, then e-commerce sites such as Etsy, Depop, or Redbubble come in handy. Similarly, if there's a long-form, long-term project that you think could do well commercially, then consider starting a Patreon or a Ko-fi account. These platforms are useful for those who create content like podcasts or video essays on a regular basis for a particular niche. Committing Your Time One of the largest benefits of freelance work is the ability to make your hours. As a busy college student, it's hard to dedicate the majority of our time to full-time careers. Freelance opportunities grant you the ability to make money and build your resume while maintaining a flexible schedule. Although you can decide which projects you want to take on, remember to keep your schedule of assignments and deadlines in a planner. While working freelance, it is easy to tackle more than one project, but it is important to always be mindful of deadlines for all of your freelance projects. Freelance allows you to build your portfolio and build relationships with multiple people in your industry. Make sure to produce good quality work that represents you well and will make you stand out to future employers. Setting Your Pay Rate Despite the fact that you get to define how you will get paid for the services or products you're willing to offer, you still have to set your rates competitively. While you certainly should not undersell yourself, there is still such a thing as overselling yourself, especially as you just begin. To get the full picture of what your pay rate should be, begin by doing research. Check out what kinds of services are being offered by others in your field and at your level, and the costs of those services. If you start out freelancing with a pricier rate, other people offering similar products or work could out-sell you, despite the quality of your production. Of course, as you successfully network through your freelancing and gain a loyal clientele, you can begin to raise your prices to better match your work. What's more, as you gain more experience, your work will become better, and so will your process for producing it. Even though more conventional job options have become less opportunity, that doesn't mean you have to give up on building upon your employability. Nor do you have to give up on the idea of having a reliable source of income. While college is difficult, a balanced education and career made even more so during coronavirus, you can take control over your job search by dabbling in freelancing. For many, freelancing is a viable job option after they graduate as well. So, starting this kind of work early can surely contribute to your efforts in becoming career-ready. Still looking for ways to pivot in your career this year? Download our free career change guide to get started! View the full article
  2. As a member of the Work It Daily Executive Level, you get access to exclusive coaching from highly qualified coaches such as J.T. O'Donnell, the founder & CEO of Work It Daily. In addition to coaching, there are weekly live events, unlimited networking opportunities with other executives from around the world, and online courses to help you grow your career. The Executive Presence Program - A Certified Program As you work through this program, you will be coached by J.T. and her team to ensure that you're hitting on the right points and really focusing on what makes your executive presence strong and commanding. With the completion of this program, you will also receive a certificate of completion that can also be used to showcase your executive presence. Ready To Take Your Executive Presence To The Next Level? If you're ready to take your executive presence to the next level, then we can't wait for you to join us inside the Work It Daily Executive Level membership. [Button or link that drives to Executive Pricing] If you have any additional questions about our Executive Presence Program or our Executive Level membership, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@workitdaily.com View the full article
  3. As a member of the Work It Daily Executive Level, you get access to exclusive coaching from highly qualified coaches such as J.T. O'Donnell, the founder & CEO of Work It Daily. In addition to coaching, there are weekly live events, unlimited networking opportunities with other executives from around the world, and online courses to help you grow your career. The Executive Presence Program - A Certified Program As you work through this program, you will be coached by J.T. and her team to ensure that you're hitting on the right points and really focusing on what makes your executive presence strong and commanding. With the completion of this program, you will also receive a certificate of completion that can also be used to showcase your executive presence. Ready To Take Your Executive Presence To The Next Level? If you're ready to take your executive presence to the next level, then we can't wait for you to join us inside the Work It Daily Executive Level membership. If you have any additional questions about our Executive Presence Program or our Executive Level membership, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@workitdaily.com View the full article
  4. Are you interested in writing for a strictly digital platform, while creating content that could make a big difference in people's lives? If the answer is yes, then Work It Daily has a great opportunity for you! We're seeking 10 multimedia journalism interns for a 4 ½ week virtual internship (May 27 - June 26). The lucky 10 will help us create compelling content for our career advice blog, while also helping us with graphics and social posts. Does this pique your interest? Great! Let's get down to business! Who Are We? Work It Daily is a subscription-based online career coaching membership program. Professionals and executives ages 22 to 55+ use the site to get help with all aspects of their job search and career development. Members have access to 15+ online courses and 200+ hours of video tutorials on a wide range of career topics. Additionally, members get to work privately with our career support specialists via an online support desk to get their specific questions and concerns answered so they can stay motivated and on track. Our mantra is: "Career coaching isn't a sign of weakness, it's a path to greatness!" Our mission is to drop the financial and physical barriers to accessing good career advice from proven experts. Work It Daily offers professionals and executives an affordable way to get the mentoring and support needed to solve their career problems. Not to mention, as a fully virtual platform, we are the ideal resource to use during the time of social distancing. What Will You Do? Multimedia journalism interns will work 10 hours/week writing articles for Work It Daily's free career advice blog. Interns will work in teams of two and will be responsible for coming up with the topic ideas. The teams of two will be in charge of the social promotion for their article. This includes coming up with thumbnail and social graphic ideas. They will also learn how to optimize their content for search engines (SEO). Qualifications Must have a minimum of three years of college at an accredited school, majoring in journalism or a related communications field. Have a passion for helping people. Work It Daily's mission is to not only help people get jobs, but give them the tools they need to grow their careers and excel. An interest to learn more about digital marketing and search engine optimization. Strong editing and proofreading skills. Can work efficiently outside of the typical office setting. Works well independently, but can also take direction and feedback. Must have experience with G-Suite platform (Google Docs, GChat, etc.). Must be a proactive team member who consistently presents new ideas. Perks $10 an hour. This internship is entirely remote! Work from home or from your favorite outdoor area. Free 30-day access to Work It Daily's robust coaching platform. Not only will you get important on-the-job experience, but you'll also have access to critical information that can help you with your own career planning and job search. How To Apply Those interested in the internship should send their resume and a disruptive cover letter to support@workitdaily.com NOTE: watch our Youtube tutorial above on the disruptive cover letter technique to guide you! View the full article
  5. Once companies start hiring again after COVID-19, there will be a LOT of competition for jobs. There will be people with the same experience, same degrees, and same hard skills competing for the same job. So, how will you stand out from the competition? "I can sit there and tell you 'technology, big and important', 'being fast on a computer, really important' - but when it comes to getting the job, it will be about the soft skills because there's too much competition and too many people with the same hard skills." There are 5 key skills that you can develop to stand out from other candidates. In this episode, I break down what those skills are and why they're so important to master if you want to land a job after COVID-19. Work It Daily's free resources: https://www.workitdaily.com/resources Work It Daily's free laid off & looking webinar: https://workitdaily.lpages.co/how-get-job-laid-off/ Work It Daily's membership information: https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/ Want To Hear More? Download my podcast here: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jt-talks-jobs/id1503540957 Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS84Njk1NTEucnNz Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4DhWLJSHCbLNltoebygXykListen Now . . ​ Meet Your Host: J.T. O'Donnell ​ ​ J.T. O'Donnell is the founder and CEO of Work It Daily, an online platform dedicated to helping people solve their biggest career problems. She has more than 15 years of experience in HR, recruiting and career coaching. More From This Show... What To Do If You Can't Pay Your Mortgage How COVID-19 Impacts Workers Over 50 How To Improve Your Career Narrative Neutral Thinking In Times Of Crisis With Trevor Moawad 8 HR Secrets Impacting Your Career The Traits You NEED To Be A Successful Leader The Job Hunting Secrets NO ONE Tells You About! View the full article
  6. Once companies start hiring again after COVID-19, there will be a LOT of competition for jobs. There will be people with the same experience, same degrees, and same hard skills competing for the same job. So, how will you stand out from the competition? "I can sit there and tell you 'technology, big and important', 'being fast on a computer, really important' - but when it comes to getting the job, it will be about the soft skills because there's too much competition and too many people with the same hard skills." There are 5 key skills that you can develop to stand out from other candidates. In this episode, I break down what those skills are and why they're so important to master if you want to land a job after COVID-19. Work It Daily's free resources: https://www.workitdaily.com/resources Work It Daily's free laid off & looking webinar: https://workitdaily.lpages.co/how-get-job-laid-off/ Work It Daily's membership information: https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/ Want To Hear More? Download my podcast here: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jt-talks-jobs/id1503540957 Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS84Njk1NTEucnNz Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4DhWLJSHCbLNltoebygXykListen Now . . ​ Meet Your Host: J.T. O'Donnell ​ ​ J.T. O'Donnell is the founder and CEO of Work It Daily, an online platform dedicated to helping people solve their biggest career problems. She has more than 15 years of experience in HR, recruiting and career coaching. More From This Show... What To Do If You Can't Pay Your Mortgage How COVID-19 Impacts Workers Over 50 How To Improve Your Career Narrative Neutral Thinking In Times Of Crisis With Trevor Moawad 8 HR Secrets Impacting Your Career The Traits You NEED To Be A Successful Leader The Job Hunting Secrets NO ONE Tells You About! View the full article
  7. As layoffs continue in waves, many people are wondering how they'll make ends meet and manage their expenses. One of those expenses could be a mortgage. What should you do if you can no longer afford it?"The average American has less than $400 in savings. People are really living paycheck to paycheck, and so they are really concerned. They're thinking, "what am I going to do?" And one of the first things they should do is look at their budget - where are their assets? What are their monthly payments? What's the cashflow that's going out?" - Todd Palmer In this bonus episode, I talk with mortgage executive and Work It Daily executive member, Todd Palmer, about options for those concerned about their mortgage payment during this crisis. Come join the conversation and learn what you need to know. Todd's article on the topic: https://www.workitdaily.com/cant-pay-your-mortgage-options Connect with Todd on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/toddpalmer0/ HPF's HOPE Hotline: 888-995-4673 (https://995hope.org/) Want To Hear More? Download my podcast here: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jt-talks-jobs/id1503540957 Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS84Njk1NTEucnNz Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4DhWLJSHCbLNltoebygXykListen Now . . ​ Meet Your Host: J.T. O'Donnell ​ ​ J.T. O'Donnell is the founder and CEO of Work It Daily, an online platform dedicated to helping people solve their biggest career problems. She has more than 15 years of experience in HR, recruiting and career coaching. More From This Show... How COVID-19 Impacts Workers Over 50 How To Improve Your Career Narrative Neutral Thinking In Times Of Crisis With Trevor Moawad 8 HR Secrets Impacting Your Career The Traits You NEED To Be A Successful Leader The Job Hunting Secrets NO ONE Tells You About! View the full article
  8. Were you laid off due to the COVID-19 crisis and are now worried about age discrimination? Or, are you concerned about keeping your job while competing against a younger generation? If so, you're not alone. A question I've gotten a lot in the past couple of weeks is what can the older generation of workers do to protect their career & job search during a time of crisis. "The truth is, if you're over 50, and you've decided in your mind that it's all age discrimination and there's nothing that you can do, that's a self-fulfilling prophecy. That's exactly what's going to happen. But I know there's lots of you that don't want to believe that, and there's lots of you who don't want to be angry anymore." In this episode, I talk about how the coronavirus pandemic affects workers over 50 years old, and what you can do about it. Work It Daily's free resources: https://www.workitdaily.com/resources Work It Daily membership information: https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/ Want To Hear More? Download my podcast here: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jt-talks-jobs/id1503540957 Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS84Njk1NTEucnNz Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4DhWLJSHCbLNltoebygXykListen Now . . ​ Meet Your Host: J.T. O'Donnell ​ ​ J.T. O'Donnell is the founder and CEO of Work It Daily, an online platform dedicated to helping people solve their biggest career problems. She has more than 15 years of experience in HR, recruiting and career coaching. More From This Show... How To Improve Your Career Narrative Neutral Thinking In Times Of Crisis With Trevor Moawad 8 HR Secrets Impacting Your Career The Traits You NEED To Be A Successful Leader The Job Hunting Secrets NO ONE Tells You About! View the full article
  9. Were you laid off due to the COVID-19 crisis and are now worried about age discrimination? Or, are you concerned about keeping your job while competing against a younger generation? If so, you're not alone. A question I've gotten a lot in the past couple of weeks is what can the older generation of workers do to protect their career & job search during a time of crisis. "The truth is, if you're over 50, and you've decided in your mind that it's all age discrimination and there's nothing that you can do, that's a self-fulfilling prophecy. That's exactly what's going to happen. But I know there's lots of you that don't want to believe that, and there's lots of you who don't want to be angry anymore." In this episode, I talk about how the coronavirus pandemic affects workers over 50 years old, and what you can do about it. Work It Daily's free resources: https://www.workitdaily.com/resources Work It Daily membership information: https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/ Want To Hear More? Download my podcast here: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jt-talks-jobs/id1503540957 Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS84Njk1NTEucnNz Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4DhWLJSHCbLNltoebygXykListen Now . . ​ Meet Your Host: J.T. O'Donnell ​ ​ J.T. O'Donnell is the founder and CEO of Work It Daily, an online platform dedicated to helping people solve their biggest career problems. She has more than 15 years of experience in HR, recruiting and career coaching. More From This Show... How To Improve Your Career Narrative Neutral Thinking In Times Of Crisis With Trevor Moawad 8 HR Secrets Impacting Your Career The Traits You NEED To Be A Successful Leader The Job Hunting Secrets NO ONE Tells You About! View the full article
  10. Not all people tell the truth. Some complaints might be coming from elsewhere without realizing. Great marketing professionals can use their insight and experience to understand where the real issues are coming from to execute and take the company to the next level. I've been able to find out the real issues/pains/problems within a project by asking questions from different angles. This process was established by getting a lot of complaints and requests during my career. I quickly developed five ways to determine where there were issues. With my many corporate experiences, I learned it takes time and effort at the beginning, but this strategy ultimately helps to increase sales, expand the distribution channel, and save time and money. My Experience One toy company I worked for had the development and HQ function in the U.S. One country's marketing team told me that they did not like the global unit packaging which the global brand team developed and requested to develop a completely new 3-in-1 packaging. In that new packaging they wanted to add a book. Furthermore, they requested to launch it one month early. We showed the development progress to the marketing team many times, and used all of the development budget. During that time, no subsidiaries had anything against the packaging. We had little time left for their ideal launching schedule. The executives rejected the request. We did a lot of analysis and communications. We were able to increase sales in that market for this item after the analysis and approval from the executives. How did we do that? I found out where the request came from. The team just wanted the lower unit pricing because they got buyer feedback that the price was too high. And we realized that in their market, their competitor's pricing was lower. If they added a book to the new packaging, it would be an added value and they could hit back-to-school season, too. Although the price was still challenging, we were able to amortize the extra development cost because of the significant sales increase vs forecast by the 3-in-1 packaging. There was a lot of work. We double-checked all the people on board to support this plan from different perspectives—production capacity, tooling schedule, logistic schedule, commitment from their buyers, packaging development schedule, book development and assembly process, and so on. In the process, the sales team was able to get the purchasing commitment from new retailers (bookstores) because of the book. As a result, we were able to have everyone on board not only internally but external buyers as well, and we were able to support their request and had a 250% sales increase. This experience helped me formulate my five steps that I use to determine where the real issues are coming from based on complaints and requests. Here's how your marketing team can do the same. 5 Steps To Determine Where The Issues Are Coming From 1. Ask "Why?" If you ask "why?" five times, you'll eventually figure out the essential issues. 2. Determine People & Place Who is complaining and where are they located? Put yourself in their shoes, and try to understand the challenges or problems they could be facing. 3. Figure Out The Process How can you help them? Tools, investments, time, or money? 4. Find Numbers To Focus On For Evaluation You'll know when you've accomplished your goal if you have numbers to strive for. 5. List Who Needs To Get Involved Think about all the people that need to get involved and make them aware—internally and/or externally. In marketing, complaints and requests are a great chance to learn and make improvements. There is room for marketing/market share/sales growth if we understand the situation and change our approach. At the beginning, it might take a long time to understand the situation and plan better strategies, but it will result in increasing sales/market share or cost savings. Looking for a job? We can help! Join our career growth club today and get access to one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter reviews, online tutorials, and unlimited networking opportunities—all in your back pocket! If you want FREE career advice in your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter The Daily Dose! View the full article
  11. Whether you've been laid off, or are afraid you might be, you need to be prepared. If you want to find a new job you MUST build a networking strategy. "It's those meaningful connections, those meaningful conversations that you have with people, that builds the trust, that earns the respect, that gets people to want to mobilize and help you. And same for you - the more you get to talk to people, have meaningful conversations, the more inspired you are to want to find a way to help them so that everybody wins." So, how do you network during a time of social distancing? What can you do to make a great impression and become a valuable connection? In this episode, I'll tell you the importance of networking during a crisis like COVID-19, and how to network effectively. Work It Daily's free resources: https://www.workitdaily.com/resources Work It Daily membership information: https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/ Want To Hear More? Download my podcast here: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-network-during-coronavirus/id1503540957?i=1000471316415 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4DhWLJSHCbLNltoebygXyk Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/jt-talks-jobs Listen Now . . ​ Meet Your Host: J.T. O'Donnell ​ ​ J.T. O'Donnell is the founder and CEO of Work It Daily, an online platform dedicated to helping people solve their biggest career problems. She has more than 15 years of experience in HR, recruiting and career coaching. More From This Show... How To Improve Your Career Narrative Neutral Thinking In Times Of Crisis With Trevor Moawad 8 HR Secrets Impacting Your Career The Traits You NEED To Be A Successful Leader The Job Hunting Secrets NO ONE Tells You About! View the full article
  12. Whether you've been laid off, or are afraid you might be, you need to be prepared. If you want to find a new job you MUST build a networking strategy. "It's those meaningful connections, those meaningful conversations that you have with people, that builds the trust, that earns the respect, that gets people to want to mobilize and help you. And same for you - the more you get to talk to people, have meaningful conversations, the more inspired you are to want to find a way to help them so that everybody wins." So, how do you network during a time of social distancing? What can you do to make a great impression and become a valuable connection? In this episode, I'll tell you the importance of networking during a crisis like COVID-19, and how to network effectively. Work It Daily's free resources: https://www.workitdaily.com/resources Work It Daily membership information: https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/ Want To Hear More? Download my podcast here: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-network-during-coronavirus/id1503540957?i=1000471316415 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4DhWLJSHCbLNltoebygXyk Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/jt-talks-jobs Listen Now . . ​ Meet Your Host: J.T. O'Donnell ​ ​ J.T. O'Donnell is the founder and CEO of Work It Daily, an online platform dedicated to helping people solve their biggest career problems. She has more than 15 years of experience in HR, recruiting and career coaching. More From This Show... How To Improve Your Career Narrative Neutral Thinking In Times Of Crisis With Trevor Moawad 8 HR Secrets Impacting Your Career The Traits You NEED To Be A Successful Leader The Job Hunting Secrets NO ONE Tells You About! View the full article
  13. Once the shock of a layoff begins to wear off, an impacted employee has to make a host of important decisions. One of those decisions may be to find a short-term job in the interim, while working on long-term career goals. Finding your next dream job doesn't always happen over night, but that doesn't mean you should give up on it. However, to fill the gap of time between a layoff and finding a new full-time job in your desired industry, it may be necessary to work a temporary or part-time job. Some people refer to this as a "gap job." While working a gap job may not have been part of your ultimate career plan, it will not only help you make ends meet, but there are some benefits that could help in the future. Gain A New Perspective via GIPHY When you work in a particular industry for a long period of time, it's easy to become consumed by that world and a particular way of doing things. There's nothing wrong with that if it proves successful in that industry. However, it's beneficial to get out of your comfort zone sometimes and working a gap job is an opportunity to do that. Those who got laid off from an office job as a result of the coronavirus, may be trying their luck in one of these essential industries, like grocery stores or the shipping industry. Such work brings with it more face-to-face customer interaction, more physicality, and a more frantic pace. These are all skills that can apply to any industry, and gaining appreciation for other industries helps you grow both personally and professionally. A Chance To Build Your Network Working a new job means new co-workers and new managers. This is an opportunity to make some new connections. Even if you're not at this job for a long period of time, as long as you work hard and are professional, you can make a good impression on those around you. When you're applying for a job in a particular industry, it's naturally important to have references from others who work in the industry. However, it doesn't hurt to have at least one reference from a different industry that you worked in. It shows your range of skills as a professional and an ability to adapt to different workplace surroundings. Having a large professional network is a good thing and you never know when a particular connection could come in handy down the road. A Chance For New Opportunities via GIPHY Sometimes working in a new industry can be an eye-opening experience in more ways than one. There are instances where people love getting out of their comfort zones and fall in love with the jobs that they originally thought would be temporary. There are also instances where the experience leads them to change directions entirely and make a career change. Beyond working in a different industry, the time after a layoff could also be an opportunity to try out freelance work or build your own job around a hobby that you're passionate about. Instead of looking at the layoff as a setback, use it as an opportunity to evaluate your career and where you want it to go. If you're looking for some extra help in getting back on track following a layoff, Work It Daily can help! Take part in our FREE online masterclass "Laid Off & Looking." Join our career growth club today and get access to one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter reviews, online tutorials, and unlimited networking opportunities! View the full article
  14. Why do we love Fridays so much? The answer is pretty obvious: in front of us we have a weekend of possibilities, days where we can hang out with friends, do something fun, or enjoy doing nothing at all. The weekend spells r-e-l-a-x, and for most people that means Monday spells d-r-e-a-d. Fortunately, some simple adjustments to your normal routine can trick your mood into thinking it's the best day of the week. Here are four ways to make Monday feel like Friday: 1. Prep On Friday And Sunday Before you leave your desk on Friday afternoon, take the last few minutes of your day to ease the shell shock for your future Monday-self. Jot down a list of loose ends and then prioritize the things that need to be done so that when you get back to work on Monday, you can just dive in. Also, leave yourself an inspirational note on your desk to greet you when arrive at the beginning of the week. You are awesome at your job; this is going to be a great week! Or, even better, remind yourself why you like this job in the first place. Can you believe you're getting paid to do ___? Be thankful! (Sound cheesy? Try this just once and tell us it didn't brighten your mood…) Sunday night preparations can make your Mondays better, too. Afford yourself some extra minutes of snooze time by showering the night before and by having your clothes ironed and ready to go. Also, remember that good nutrition is in direct correlation to your energy levels and mood, so prep for a protein-rich breakfast (i.e. a hard-boiled egg or a grab-and-go yogurt). 2. Plan For Happiness Having something to look forward to makes getting out of bed on Monday a whole lot easier. There's no rule that states all of your fun has to be saved for the weekends! Try setting a standing date with friends on Monday nights. To increase your mood even more, incorporate exercise. An evening walk with some local friends can get you feeling great—both mentally and physically. Can't get anyone else to break out of their Monday routines? You can still have something to look forward to at home. Try turning Monday night into movie night, or DVR your favorite TV show and wait until Monday to watch it. 3. Dress For Energy There's no denying the pick-me-up power of a great outfit! Looking good boosts our mood and confidence. So much of the Monday blues are mental stipulations we put on ourselves, which means we hold the power to bring about change. Switch things up by wearing your favorite outfit on Monday and give your mood a chance to compete with the other, more popular days of the week. Does your work wardrobe lack some overall excitement? Your clothes can still have a positive effect based on colors alone. Studies show wearing red or violet boosts energy and green or yellow can put you in a noticeably happier mood. 4. Just Say No One of the things that make Fridays so great is that, for the next few days, you are not obligated to do much. Having freedom and flextime are instant mood boosters, but those perks do not need to be held-off for just the weekends. Afford yourself some of the same luxuries on Mondays by opting out of something you would normally feel obligated to do. Whether it's laundry, cooking dinner, or checking your bank account, give Monday evenings a free pass and indulge in the comfort of knowing your limits. How do you get through the dreaded Mondays? Try one of these tips if you need some help making Mondays just a little more bearable! Looking for a job? We can help! Join our career growth club today and get access to one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter reviews, online tutorials, and unlimited networking opportunities—all in your back pocket! If you want FREE career advice in your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter The Daily Dose! This post was originally published at an earlier date. View the full article