In 2015 after a long career in administrative support, I took the plunge and went back to school to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. The demands of long clinical and didactic days, balancing family and home, the emotional and physical toll patient care takes, and the endless hours studying to pass the […]
After working for a large software company for many years, I went freelance. And I’ve since specialized as a software development project leader, working with highly-skilled freelancers from a wide variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The contrast between corporate and freelance work is quite dramatic. It’s human nature to want the benefits of a […]
I decided to try the gig economy after leaving a corporate job. I wanted to find work/life balance and flexibility, so I began working for different staffing agencies. I moved my way up from worker to supervisor quickly — and started to notice where staffing agencies could do better.
Now I’m back in the corporate world […]
“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one,” so the old saying goes. Contrary to what one might think when reading this phrase, though, I’ve found being a contingent worker has forced me to become not just a jack of all trades, but a master […]
Over the last few years, I have worked through several staffing firms for software companies, consulting firms, scientific and engineering companies, hospitals, and even a law firm — all with varying, eye-opening experiences.
I have gained many insights along the way, which I share with other temporary workers I come across. Some of these may seem obvious, others insignificant; but to ensure your temporary workers have a […]
With the frigid cold of the winter over, the snowbirds are headed back north and the need for travel nurses decreases. With this change in season, the job orders for travel nurses are not only down, but more travelers are being canceled or postponed. Neither one of these occurrences is great for the finances of […]
After working for several years as a purchasing agent at a construction company, I was let go due to staffing cuts. After having a difficult time finding a job, I turned to staffing firms for help.
I felt lucky when I got called in for an interview with a staffing company about a position it was […]
Contracting is like gambling. You never know what cards you’ll be dealt. Sometimes a two-week job is extended to 10 months or more. Other times, a job that was supposed to be long-term only lasts four weeks. I’ve learned to take most of it in stride because it’s often inevitable and comes with the territory. […]
Stories about crazy things recruiters are doing to lure business school graduates recently made the news. But what of us who are not in business school? It could be quite a different story. As a millennial, I had certain expectations, including landing my dream job right out of college. But it didn’t quite work that […]
I have had a varied career. I’ve been an editor in technical publishing, a PR rep, have written marketing copy. I’ve worked directly with authors and inside staff. I’ve spent years as a full-time employee and have turned to staffing firms a few times when jobs were tight.
Last year, I applied through a staffing […]