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5 Freelance Jobs That Are In Demand Now
Why they're hot, what they pay and how to find them
by Nancy Collamer at nextavenue.org
The freelance market is heating up. During the first quarter of 2021, the Freelancer.com platform posted over a half million jobs. And during the same period, FlexJobs.com reported a 10%+ jump in postings for freelancers in a variety of career categories.
It's a trend that's unlikely to cool anytime soon and suggests a number of work opportunities for people over 50.
How to Overcome Ageism in the Job Search:
Five Case Studies
by Geddy Sveikauskas at hudsonvalleyone.com
The common themes in recruiting older executives are reinvention, a recrafting of backstories, and a repositioning going forward, says executive recruiter Andy Cowan. “These older jobseekers and I openly discussed lowering some of their expectations about salary and benefits,” explains Cowan. “I encourage flexibility, a willingness to relocate and/or to take on contract work. Reinvention means the sharpening of new skills, the embrace of change, and a fresh understanding of the realities of where they were in terms of the competitive landscape.”
Job Satisfaction and the Job Search
Some Careers Don’t Go As Planned… it contains one of my more important messages. I wanted to pick up from the last line:
Find joy, happiness and satisfaction along the way or you might be disappointed when you get to your destination.
How do you find job satisfaction, or satisfaction in your career, when you are unemployed or underemployed? How can you look back on a life where what you did at work wasn’t nearly as fulfilling as you thought and hoped it would be?
NIFTY TIP of the DAY
What Could Be Worse?
Job seeking as a mature worker isn’t fun, but then again…
Are we having fun yet? OK. Probably not.
Regardless of your age, job seeking is never fun. It may not be the lodestone some make it out to be, but it’s never fun. And for the 50+ job seeker, there are bricks to carry that younger applicants don’t have to concern themselves about.
One job seeker noted that a job search after age 50 is like dating after a divorce. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Pass it Along
If you attend networking events and go to jobs clubs, you’ve been meeting other job seekers just like you. Mention the Nifty50s to them and encourage them to visit as well. You’ll be helping them and you’ll make an appreciative friend for yourself.