• Tuesday, April 19, 2022 11:22 AM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    Bloomberg’s “Quicktake Originals” produced a recent video feature (see video below) on remote employees who are juggling multiple full-time jobs. The term used for this new type of worker is “overemployed.” 

    The idea of a person working multiple jobs (such as a part-time job in the evening or on weekends) to bring in additional income isn’t a new concept. It is something quite common in the “gig economy” as households work to pay bills, afford family vacations, and save for retirement. In addition, those of us who are self-employed are used to balancing multiple clients and projects on a weekly basis. 

    “Overemployment” is its own unique creature. 

    What’s interesting about the Bloomberg feature is that scenarios have arisen — among the 25 percent of employees operating remotely due to COVID-19 — where individuals are talking on multiple full-time jobs “concurrently” during the work week. 

    According to the feature, nearly 40 percent of remote workers are juggling two or more full-time jobs (sometimes in secret). This results in workers doubling or even tripling their household income. 

    Knowledge workers in the tech sector and finance tend to be best able to take on multiple full-time jobs, according to the report. 

    “People have gotten a lot more efficient working from home,” said Olivia Rockeman, a reporter with Bloomberg. “So that has reduced the working day to some degree.” 

    A Fast Company report suggests that one-third of tech workers admit to only working three or four hours per day. 

    There are websites and support groups online dedicated to helping workers balance multiple jobs. 

    Ethical and legal considerations are part of the equation. Workers have to be careful about the stipulations in their particular employment contract to make sure they aren’t violating company policies. 

    In a situation where deception is taking place, you have to consider the overall impact on a worker’s health, industry-wide changes that could come to employment contracts as a result, and potential legislation to address the issue down the road. 

    If this proves to be a long-term trend that gains critical mass, it will be interesting to see how “overemployment” impacts the résumé writing process — and the overall job search. It certainly creates a unique set of challenges for career services professionals. Which job do we include on the résumé? On the LinkedIn profile? 

    In a world where remote and hybrid work schedules have started to become more mainstream, these sorts of issues are going to pop up. 

    As career services professionals, we need to keep a watchful eye on these developments and be prepared to give our clients sage advice on navigating new ways of working. 

  • Thursday, April 14, 2022 1:37 PM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    Have you ever thought about starting a podcast? This is your comprehensive guide to getting started — from what to talk about on your podcast to preparing for the podcast (tech options to choose from!), how to get listeners, how to leverage your podcast to benefit your career services business to monetizing your podcast (or not!) — this special report includes all that and more. Also includes a Podcast Checklist, an assessment of podcast tools, 80 podcast episode ideas, and 75 podcasting tips from the experts! 

    Check out the Podcasting With Purpose Special Report in our online store

  • Tuesday, April 05, 2022 12:36 PM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    Joanna Stern, tech reporter for The Wall Street Journal, recently interviewed LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky about the professional-oriented social network and economic opportunities for users moving forward (see video below). 

    LinkedIn is an important component of the job search and at the forefront of the daily work that members of BeAResumeWriter.com do with their clients. 

    “Almost six people get a job every minute out of 4,500 applications that occur every minute,” Roslansky told Stern. 

    Roslansky discussed the growth of Gen Z users on the platform and efforts to attract that demographic to the service. 

    “[Gen Z is] much more interested in portraying themselves through video, or through a much more robust profile,” he said. 

    One feature highlighted as part of this shift is the “no politics” button that removes political news and chatter from your main feed (it relies on input from LinkedIn’s editorial team, semantic classifiers, and the user community). Other features include the ability to launch a live audio or video event within the LinkedIn app and website as well as the ability to add video to your profile photo. 

    LinkedIn is also trying to attract creators. The company’s focus goes beyond the typical viral sensibilities of the creator economy. 

    “There’s also creation for opportunity,” said Roslansky. “Which is, ‘I have these things that I want to be able to teach my network,’ and I’m going to find an interesting and creative way to showcase that on LinkedIn.” 

    The Pass-Along Materials content included with a BeAResumeWriter.com Bronze Membership (also available in our Shop) can provide a terrific starting point for this type of creation on LinkedIn and other social platforms. 

    With so many opportunities available to jobseekers, it is important as career services professionals to consider additional tools we can employ to help our clients achieve their goals. 

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022 12:44 PM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    There are so many reasons to consider subcontracting in your resume writing career — when you’re building your own business, to focus on just the writing (if that’s the part you like), to smooth out the peaks and valleys of your income, to earn extra money for a big purchase... and more! 

    There are subcontracting opportunities to fit almost every writer — veterans and less-experienced writers; certified and non-certified writers; those who want client contact and those who strictly want to ghostwrite. 

    There are more than 30 listings in the Directory of Subcontract Opportunities. Access to the directory (plus the “Making Money as a Resume Subcontractor” special report and MMRS Webinar Archive) is now included with a BeAResumeWriter.com Bronze Membership in the Paid Member Resources section

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022 11:44 AM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    Need social media content? Want to increase your engagement with followers? These 100 questions will give you the content you want! Post a “Question of the Day” (QOTD) or even a “Question of the Week” (QOTW) and see what kind of conversation results! 

    Check out the Social Media Conversation Starters – Part 4 Pass-Along Materials Content in our online store
  • Monday, March 21, 2022 3:41 PM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    Are you burned out? In a recent survey, many career service professionals described themselves as feeling burned out. What are the signs of burnout? This 26-page special report will help you identify the warning signs of burnout, and provides a 7-step process to beating burnout and restoring balance in your personal and professional life. It includes 21 specific tips for beating burnout, and a “Beating Burnout” exercise. 

    Check out the Beating Burnout Special Report in our online store

  • Monday, February 14, 2022 5:06 PM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    This 5-page guide will help your clients with preparing their “elevator pitch” or answering the ”tell me about yourself” question in an interview. It includes five simple formulas they can choose from to create their quick introduction (including lots of specific examples), plus eight tips for creating an effective introduction. 

    Check out the Formula for a Quick Introduction Pass-Along Materials Content in our online store

  • Monday, February 14, 2022 4:50 PM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    Face it. People trust other people’s opinions more than they trust your marketing. That’s why including customer testimonials can be so powerful in converting prospects into clients. This 37-page special report explains why social proof is important to your career services business and provides guidance in obtaining social proof from your customers (more than just testimonials), including exercises to help you determine what kind of social proof will be most effective in your business, and how to keep building your social file. 

    Check out the Strengthen Your Sales Pitch With Social Proof Special Report in our online store

  • Monday, February 14, 2022 4:31 PM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    This is an excellent lead generation tool for resume writers. Educate jobseekers while you help them identify why their resume might not be working for them. This Pass-Along Materials content is in the form of a checklist, but you can adapt it to an article format, or even a quiz. (A perfect accompaniment to the “The 27 Mistakes Jobseekers Make In Their Job Search” Pass-Along Materials Content published in October 2016.) 

    Check out the Are You Making These 10 Mistakes On Your Resume? Pass-Along Materials Content in our online store

  • Tuesday, February 01, 2022 10:40 AM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    Some career business owners have a difficult time grasping the concept that THEY are in charge of creating their business and their dream life. They are either working too many hours and missing out on family time, or they’re falling behind in their work because they have family responsibilities that impact their work. This special report can help you identify the gaps in your personal and business boundaries and establish your priorities so you can create the life and business you want. It includes more than a half-dozen worksheets and exercises to help you through the process. 

    • Dream About Your Ideal Life
    • Identify Your Current Boundaries 
    • What Do You Want to Experience? 
    • What Are The Prices You’re Paying? 
    • Identify Your Core Values 
    • Create a Litmus Test for Your Offers and Opportunities
    • Client Boundaries
    • Boundaries With Yourself
    • Walk Through Your Guilt 

    Check out the Building Business Boundaries Special Report in our online store
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