A quick scroll through any “Economy” section of the online news or newspaper will reveal that the job market isn’t so hot at the moment. Or you could just check your wallet and find out the same thing. People live in fear of losing their jobs, or in a constant state of panic over how they will manage to stretch their paycheck once again. This bleak outlook is compounded by the infuriating fact that many of us in this situation have hard earned college degrees, as well as mountains of unforgivable student loan debt. It’s clear why many of us are looking for alternative (and supplemental) ways to earn money.
One of the most dreadful things you deal with on a daily basis if you work a 9 to 5 is difficult coworkers. What is most frustrating is that you have plenty of things you would like to say to them—but you can’t—because it is a professional environment. Well, the good news is that telling them off and letting them have a piece of your mind up isn’t the only way to deal with difficult coworkers. Here are some additional things you can do to keep your difficult coworker at bay.
One serendipitous conversation in the teachers’ room at my school got me into freelance work. Now I work as an independent contractor on a site called oDesk. For hourly jobs, I use an application that tracks the time I work, and I get paid automatically each week. For jobs with a fixed price, say 10 articles for $50, I get paid upon completion of the job. So far my experience with freelance work has been a dream. I spend 4 to 5 hours each day “at work,” and still have plenty of time to sightsee, visit with friends and relax while on the road. I can even create a “weekend” for myself anywhere in the week.
What should you wear to a job interview? Dressing for a job interview means putting your best foot forward, and wearing professionally appropriate clothing. The first impression is the most important one you make, particularly with a future employer. For better or worse, what your potential employer sees the first time he or she looks at you will form their very first ideas about you. You won’t have a second chance at this, so plan carefully and dress appropriately. Of course, when you interview successfully, your clothes won’t be the only thing that your future employer remembers. But don’t let poor wardrobe choices ruin what could otherwise be a great interview.