Thursday, March 11, 2010

A new job search strategy that may work for you

Abridged: International Business Times

Shifting priorities and streamlining realities have eliminated many salaried positions. The unavoidable trend is that companies are using outsourcing, freelancers, temporary and part time job classifications as a more efficient and profitable way to get things done. 42% of companies that have used outsourcing services claim it has benefited them financially. Outsourcing is not going away anytime soon. With that said...

Making a career change can require adapting to temporary job contracts that don't come with a full package of benefits. If you insist on a career position that comes with all the perks, you may already be losing the competitive edge to those who have learned that independent contracting and freelancing strategies can offer viable options that may take you relatively quickly out of the ranks of the unemployed.

The idea is to become the go-to person that companies want to outsource to. Instead of a job hunter, you position yourself as the specialist that companies look for when outsourcing a specific project. Repackaging your existing skills into transferable or "re-purposed" alternative career avenues can prove a valuable strategy for repositioning yourself in today's hyper-competitive job marketplace.