Many people continue to struggle with finding full-time work in this economy. Some are forced to take jobs that don't pay what they need, or to find work in a field that doesn't utilize their skills.
Freelancing can help many fill this gap and find valuable work in the field they desire. Here are just a few of the ways that freelancing can help you find work:
Are you having trouble finding work because you don't have the skills or the experience the job requires? This can be a common problem for recent college graduates or those looking to change careers. You can get the experience you need by freelancing. Look for freelance jobs that will give you the chance to develop the skills you need to be competitive in your market.
You may have to accept less pay when you do freelance work, but the skills and experience you gain will more than make up for it.
Get Work Samples
If you don't have experience to show for yourself, you can often show prospective employers a portfolio of the work you can do to help you get the job. Writing, web design, photography, graphic design, and programming are just a few examples of the type of work you can include in a portfolio, and all of this work is commonly outsourced to freelancers.
Networking is a powerful way to find work. Sometimes who you know is much more important than what you know. Freelancing can help you build your connections in your field. The more people you know, the more insider tips you might get about unadvertised job vacancies. Your connections can also make introductions or offer you recommendations to help you get jobs for which you have applied.
Fill Gaps in Resume
Gaps in your resume can hurt you. Even if you were laid off through no fault of your own, and even if you have been working diligently to find another job, any gaps in your resume will reflect negatively on you. Freelancing fills those holes in your resume. Even if you aren't working a full-time job, you can show that you are still working in some capacity and building your skills and experience.
If you are having a hard time finding a job in this economy, freelancing may help you. It offers you the possibility to build your portfolio, grow your skills, make connections, and fill gaps in your resume.
Have you worked as a freelancer when you were between jobs? Tell us how it helped you find a job in the comments!
Dana Viktor is the senior researcher and writer for duedatecalculator.org. Her most recent accomplishments include graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in communications and sociology. Her current focus for the site involves trying to get pregnant.