How to Get a Gig Job
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The gig economy has redefined traditional employment. The independent workers who are part of the gig economy, such as freelancers, contractors, drivers and others, are paid by the task or project and often work multiple temporary jobs at once. If you rely on opportunities like these, the spread and impact of COVID-19 may have put you in a position to require good, relevant gig work.
Here are five steps you can take to find reliable gig work, including examples of jobs you can consider.
How to find gig work
1. Network (from a distance)
Though many companies are now operating remotely, there is still work to be done. Reach out to contacts in your personal and professional networks about “meeting up for coffee”—via video chat—to ask for help discovering freelance jobs that you can complete virtually.
Read more: Become a Networking Expert in 7 Steps
2. Join an online marketplace or on-demand app
The need for some of the services that gig workers provide may very well be on the rise as a result of the spread of the coronavirus. For example, many people are staying home to self-quarantine, which may mean they order more food for delivery. So, you might consider signing up as a delivery driver for apps such as Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Menulog.
Cleanliness is of the utmost importance in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Using the app, AirTasker, you could get paid to clean companies’ empty offices or individuals’ homes.
3. Update your profile and portfolio
Take this time to update your resume and online profile. Ensure it showcases your ability to simultaneously juggle multiple projects as an experienced gig worker, as well as examples of any freelance work that you’ve completed in the past.
Read more: 6 Universal Rules for Resume Writing
4. Consider your transferable skills
Consider the range of skills that you draw on daily to complete your varied “gigs” and how you might be able to apply them to a different type of job. For example, if you’ve honed your communication and customer service skills as a rideshare driver or dog walker, explore opportunities where you can put these strengths to use—as a remote representative for a call centre, perhaps.
If you have a background in a certain field but let those skills lapse as you have pursued other experiences, sign up for an online course to regain your expertise. Don’t forget to add any new certifications to your resume.
5. Keep a routine
Keeping to a routine can help you stay motivated and productive. To maintain a fixed schedule (including a consistent wake-up time and breaks throughout the day), make a to-do list for the week and check accomplishments off as you go. Keep a calendar of virtual coffee calls you’ve scheduled with people in your network to stay updated on opportunities.
Taking the steps outlined above will hopefully bring you closer to finding fulfilling, flexible gig work, but be sure to also make time for meals, exercise, sleep, and family. It’s important to stay positive and motivated amid uncertainty.
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