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What is the Role of Higher Education in the Gig Economy?

By Van Ton-Quinlivan

As the gig economy becomes the new norm, it’s upending the workforce and the way we work.

Technology is leading the transformation and causing a continual need for skilling, reskilling and upskilling, particularly for those who comprise the gig economy — freelancers, independent contractors and professionals, consultants, side giggers and more. According to “Freelancing in America: 2018,” a study from Upwork and the Freelancers Union, 70 percent of full-time freelancers participated in skills training in the past six months, compared to 49 percent of full-time non-freelancers. And platforms like Lyft have begun offering education benefits. Read more…

By: Jolie Kerr

Those are the only four words you need to navigate a potentially awkward conversation, whether on a blind date or at a cocktail party. Ms. Gross avoids asking more pointed questions (for example, “What do you do for work?”) that presume information to be true. Read more…

Survey of 850 hiring managers finds that this is the No. 1 thing that can sabotage your interview

Now is a great time to be looking for a new job. Unemployment is at an all time low, and companies are hiring. But just because the market is looking up doesn’t mean that you can have a bad interview and still expect to land the job of your dreams. Read more…

Hate to break it to you, but if you’re treating LinkedIn like an old-fashioned Rolodex, you’re doing it wrong.

Nearly every industry uses LinkedIn to find and vet job candidates, and over 90% of recruiters rely on the site, according to data from the Society of Human Resource Management. So your profile can’t just be a storage unit for career contacts — it needs to be a living, breathing record of your professional life. Read more…

How U.S. Law Needs to Change to Support the Self-Employed and Gig Economy
By: Diane Mulcahy

If we were designing a labor market from scratch today, it’s unlikely we’d create one that rewards only full-time employees. It wouldn’t make sense given the many ways that people choose to — or must — work: independently, part-time, on the side, as a contractor or freelancer, or on-demand. An estimated 30-40% of today’s workforce are self-employed either part- or full-time, and the numbers are only expected to grow. If we were designing a labor market today, we’d create a system that supports everyone who works. Read more…

Job seekers want the hiring process to be more like a food delivery app

by Nicole Spector

It’s a job seeker’s market and potential hires want to see the hiring process include reminders, text messages and other app-like bells and whistles.

It’s been a few years since I was on the hunt for a job, but I can easily bring to mind how miserable the process could be. It wasn’t unusual to spend hours perfecting cover letters and modifying my resume to upload onto platforms, only to have the whole application fail to load due to a glitch in the site. Then I’d have to start all over (and I almost always would). But I sucked it up and played by the company’s or recruiter’s rules because what choice did I have? The ball wasn’t in my court, it was in theirs, and at the time (circa 2014) the U.S was still picking its feet up from the great recession and there wasn’t exactly a plethora of decent jobs available. But the tables have turned. In a tight labor market with a historically low unemployment rate, today’s job seekers aren’t wasting their time on organizations that don’t show them respect in the hiring process. Read more…

by Jessica Howington, FlexJobs Content Manager

For many job seekers, the lengthy hiring process in place at many organizations can be frustrating. This is particularly true when you have your sights set on one position over others. In most situations, a quick hiring process can truly make a huge difference for both job seekers and employers.

Here are 21 flexible companies with a quick hiring process:

  1. J.Crew
  2. Horizon Media
  3. SSM Health
  4. Bain & Company
  5. Banana Republic
  6. H-E-B Grocery Company
  7. Paylocity
  8. Nordstrom
  9. United Airlines
  10. In-N-Out Burger
  11. FedEx
  12. ExxonMobil
  13. Chick-fil-A
  14. Starbucks
  15. Sunrise Senior Living
  16. Anthropologie
  17. Old Navy
  18. Lululemon Athletica
  19. Lyft
  20. American Eagle Outfitters
  21. Publix