Whether you are launching your first career or transitioning into a new one, you should consider the option of freelancing as a stepping stone to develop your skills and confidence. According to a recent report by Upwork and Freelancers Union, there are an estimated 57.3 million Americans currently freelancing. However, the thought of being your own boss may be daunting and it can be difficult to figure out where to start. Here are some tips to help you launch a career as a freelancer.
Have you thought about your personal brand in a while? If not, it’s time to dust it off, give it a good look and make it shine for the year ahead. After all, your personal brand is at the very heart of how you market yourself, whether it’s within your own company or with prospective employers. It needs to reflect where you are now—so you can get where you want to be in the future.
There are almost 2.5 billion social media users in the world, which is why it’s no surprise that recruiters using social media to identify talent is on the rise. In fact, a 2018 CareerBuilder survey revealed 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and about 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees. Below are several major social media trends in recruiting that all jobseekers need to keep in mind:
If you’re solely relying on your resume to sell yourself to prospective employers, you’re missing out, big-time. According to a study by the Society for Human Resources Management, nearly 80 percent of organizations are using social media to recruit potential job candidates — with 94 percent of them choosing LinkedIn for the task.Continue Reading
Your online profiles – whether it is CareerQuest, LinkedIn, or both – give others clues about your personality and career path. It is often the first impression to hiring managers looking for specific skill sets to fill open positions. Continue Reading
So you received your diploma—congratulations! Now, you are ready to embark on a new journey. The benefits of earning a college education include better-paying, higher-skilled jobs, and opportunities for career advancement. Below are a few strategies to help you leverage your degree and advance in your career.Continue Reading
September is International “Update Your Resume” month! Most job seekers know the importance of having a professional resume, but many working professionals forget to keep theirs up-to-date. In recognition of this, UMUC Career Services will be featuring a series of articles on resume writing including: Five Principles for Developing an Effective Resume, How to Write a Results-Driven Resume, Five Important Steps to Writing a Federal Resume, and Developing a Successful Technical Resume.Continue Reading