For the last few years, the on-demand economy is here to stay with us. Be it hailing a cab whenever and wherever you want, getting someone do your weekly grocery shopping, or ordering your favourite croissant from the comfort of your home, many people would agree that on-demand services have made our lives easier and more convenient. Not only valuable for the customer, the rise of on-demand economy has also opened up new career opportunities across industries.

Uber and Airbnb are probably the most iconic companies in today’s on-demand economy. Taking freelance or part-time job in rideshare companies such as Uber and Grab can be a great way to earn additional income. You can also turn your unused rooms or places into money machine by renting them on sites such as Airbnb and Tripping. However, the phenomenon of on-demand economy does not stop here. It keeps growing beyond ride or place sharing, as the industry is expanding at an accelerating pace.

Are you interested in jumping on the bandwagon? Take a look at the following new emerging job roles and skills in the on-demand economy and find something where you can get paid for doing something you enjoy:

  1. Rideshare driver

Being rideshare driver is among the hottest job in on-demand economy. If you have driving license, this job will give you freedom to pick your own schedule. Don’t own a car? Don’t worry, there are dozens car leasing where you can rent one.

  1. Grocery shopper

If you love shopping, then maybe you will love being personal grocery shopper. With only a vehicle and smartphone, you can get paid to purchase and deliver groceries to the customers.

  1. Errand runner

Be it mowing lawns, washing cars, or delivering documents, you can sign up on sites like TaskRabbit and earn money from doing odd jobs.

  1. Freelance writer

Copy and content writing is highly on demand nowadays. Be it providing contents for a website, writing essays, or even creating resume, you can always make money from constructing words.

  1. Host and renter

Do you live in the city centre or popular tourist destinations? It is time to earn some extra cash by renting vacant rooms or even your entire house to vacation rental startups.

  1. Freelance translator

If you are fluent in foreign languages, being freelance translator could be a great way to make additional money. Even better, it can be done remotely and you can arrange it flexibly.

  1. User tester

Make your free time productive by being user tester. All you have to do is simple: visit particular websites and applications, then give feedbacks or opinions regarding to the user experience.

Next read: Winning over the Robots: How Talents Should Thrive in the Automated Age

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Are you one of career fair lovers? Whoever you are (a fresh graduate, an employee looking to change your career) you must know that it’s not easy to gain an interview as soon during career fairs as there is so much competition!

The crowded, carnival-type career fair is, indeed, appealing! There are a lot of job openings waiting for the right candidate to fill them, and a wider chance to get the job that you want is right in front of your eyes.

However, many job seekers return with no job opportunities offered. Before you are trapped as one of them, avoid these 5 key flaws at a job fair.

Lack of research

Many job seekers, including you, might be too confident in attending a job fair. You still need to do ample research days before the event starts.

List what companies in the fair that interest you and visit each of the company’s websites to understand their vision, missions, and job positions required.

With adequate research, you will be more prepared only to focus on companies that fit your skill sets. Clarity will save more time, and your performance can be significantly enhanced as you will be more confident at the interview!

Lack of professionalism attitude

Some of you tend to attend career fairs with your friends and like grabbing all the free stuff. Instead of having a job offer, you go home with bags of free items and stacks of brochures.

Keep in mind that the companies are looking for a professional candidate to join their team. Show your dedication and professionalism to the hiring teams.

Failure to ‘stand out’

It is not enough to be smart and well-prepared. You must be different, ‘stand out’ from the crowd. Hundreds of people dressed similarly during such events and if you can’t be an impressive talent that companies will remember, you will just be the quickly forgotten ones where your job opportunities will be lowered.

State some inspirational speech to promote yourself and be different. Adequate practices at home will significantly help!

Not following up with emails or calls

Don’t always expect the company to follow-up with you after the fair is over. Instead, be proactive! Ask for name cards and send them emails or messages to inquire for further information and potential opportunities.

Limiting yourself

For example, if you have just graduated from an accounting degree, you might only focus on financial and banking companies to apply. However, keep in mind that every employer needs accounting staff. Therefore, be thorough in finding your ideal job and sieve out invisible opportunities in the career fair while you mingle with the companies.

A career fair is not the only chance to find your ideal job. However, it is a great occasion to save your time and effort in hunting your ideal job. Avoid the flaws above and be a success in your next career fair!

Next read: 15 Minutes Before Interview: Absolutely Important For Job Seekers!

Each week, we bring you interesting reads from all over the world to bring new perspectives to your work. Enjoy!

1) An Inspiring Message for Graduates

Mashable, Matt Petronzio

A cute cartoon which illustrates how learning is a life-long journey – it’s all about creating your own hoops and redefining your limits.

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By Grant Snider, Incidental Comics

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 2) Debunking the ‘No Friends At Work’ Rule: Why Friend-Friendly Workplaces are the Future

Forbes, Dorie Clark

Do friendships have a place in the office? Yes, says this article. Given that work makes up majority of your time on weekdays, your relationship with your colleagues do matter. It’s argued that friendships with colleagues can potentially hinder decision making and doing what is best for the company since the friendship is at stake. A friendly workplace has it’s benefits – advantages include increased work satisfaction, greater productivity and better employee retention.

3) Awesome Places to Work: These Startups Have Better Perks Than Free Food Or Beers On Tap

Business Insider, Julie Bort

If you love your job, your company’s culture probably played a big role in that. Here are 10 startups, noted for their interesting employee perks. One company, Commerce Sciences has the tradition of having the last person to join the company to create a ‘starter’s kit’  for the company’s next hire. The kit is personalized, containing anything creative and funny to help get the newest employee get started at work. Another cool company, HubSpot,  has their staff switch to a randomly assigned desk every 3 months. This encourages employees to mix with other colleagues and forces them to clean up their workstations.  I find both ideas to be the most practical and fun (at least in the context of Singapore).

 

Here are some practical wisdom from 3 respectable individuals to inspire and help you see your career with clearer lenses. All the best!

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1. Amazing Career Advice for College Grads From LinkedIn’s Billionaire Founder 

Business Insider, Nicholas Carlson

There is always wisdom from hindsight. Learn in these 113 slides from Reid Hoffman what he took to 15 years to figure out. Among my favourites: ‘Do not dismiss jobs that pay less cash but offer tremendous learning’ &  ‘Graduation is not the end of learning, we are all works-in-progress’.

 

 

2. 10 Success Rules Your Mum Taught You

Inc, Geoffrey James

Here are some things your mum has probably told you many times that can be transferable to the real working world. 3 Cheers to all mothers!

3. Warren Buffet Shares His Most Essential Advice for Generation Y

Sean Levinson

Did you know he has a fear of public speaking? Learn from what Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathway, about what he has to say about success.

I second this quote about working only for those who pay you fairly: “I do very little negotiation with people. And they do little with me, in terms of it … if I was a woman and I thought I was getting paid considerably less than somebody else that was equal coming in, that would bother me a lot. I probably wouldn’t even want to work there. I mean, [if] somebody’s gonna be unfair with you, in salary, they’re probably being unfair with you in a hundred other ways.”

 

 

 

1. 14 Signs You Love Your Job

LinkedIn, Dharmesh Shah

Life is too short to do a job that you dread going to. Why waste both your time and that of your employer? 

Do you find joy in the tasks you are doing at work and find fulfillment in your job beyond the dollars and cents? How do you treat your colleagues and your boss? The answers to these questions can be an indication of whether it’s time to move on to a new job.

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2. Why Every Job Seeker Should Have A Personal Website, And What It Should Include

Forbes, Jacquelyn Smith

Increasingly, employers are Googling their candidates before interviewing and accepting them. Creating an online presence for yourself is critical in helping you to demonstrate your capabilities and provide employers a good idea of you. Include on your website your portfolio, testimonials and other creative work you have done.

Don’t have a website yet? How about learning coding from tutorials on CodeAcademy or Code.org.  To create websites with ready templates, check out Weebly (no coding required!).

3. Coding is the Must Have Job-Skill of the Future

Mashable, Adam Popescu

How about learning the language of the very device you are interfacing with right now?

4. The 7 Ways Successful People Approach Their Work

Forbes, Laura Shin

Habits are what make or break you. Try keeping a log of how you spend your time at work.  Wean from checking you emails too often. Plan your schedule a week in advance and break down a big project into smaller parts. Keep on sharpening your skills. All these will go a long way in help you build up your career capital.

5. 8 Business Tips from Jack Welch

The Gospel Coalition, Trevin Wax

Here’s some wisdom from Chief of General Electric, Jack Welch.

“It is virtually impossible to know where any given job will take you. In fact, if you meet someone who has faithfully followed a career plan, try not to get seated beside him at a dinner party. What a bore!”

 

 

6. Is This Meeting a Waste of Time?

Inc

Yes it is – if there is no clear purpose of for meeting and that there is no better way to do it in an informal manner.

Each week, we post up reads that we have come across that can help you move up in your career.

Enjoy.

1) How A Mentor Can Accelerate Your Career

Mashable, Elisha Hartwig

If you do not have mentor yet, it’s time to look out and approach one. There are many benefits to having one, as a mentor can provide the guidance you need to help you achieve your career goals. Cut short your learning curve by tapping into your mentor’s wealth of knowledge,  as well as expand your connections with the one he/she has already established over the years. Your mentor should ideally be someone you see yourself to be in a few years time.

 

2) 6 Tips to Help You Land into Your Dream Job

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Mashable, Alexis Grant

Leverage on your social media networks and keep working hard at improving your online profile and let your personality shine. Who knows a company that finds you to be a good fit for their organization whilst surveying your profiles?

 

 

 

3) Stop Telling Your Employees What to do

Harvard Business Review, Jordan Cohen

If you have people that you are managing, this article is for you.

The most effective way in getting the most knowledge out of your employees is to describe the outcome you would like achieve and specify the requirements, whilst giving them the autonomy as to how to arrive at that outcome without tell them exactly how to get it done. Studies have found that people like to be in control – and without it, it affects productivity negatively.

 

4) Easy Ways to Get a Job

Relevant Magazine

If you are looking for a job, there are readily accessible ways in which you can find one. Search within your network, tell your friends that you are looking for job, go through contract agencies and recruiters, put yourself out there and of course, visit online job portals including on this very site.

 

5) Workers Share Their Salary Secrets

Wall Street Journal

Will you disclose how much you earn to your fellow colleagues? For many companies, among their guidelines include keeping salary information confidential. Information is power and comparing salaries can cause feelings negative feelings like resentment, envy and dissatisfaction among workers – especially when you are on the low end of the salary scale. The general advice is, to reserve sharing salary information to colleagues that you trust.

With sites like Jobiness, where people get to give feedback about their companies and share salary, such salary data is no longer private and you can satisfy your curiosity as to how much the co-worker sitting next to you at work is earning.

Soar in your career with these reads. Enjoy!

1. How Interviewers Know When To Hire You in 90 Seconds

Here are interesting statistics about job interviews captured in this infographic. Are you going for an interview? Watch out for the non-verbal mistakes that you might be making – lack of eye contact, fidgeting, weak handshake etc. Make a good impression on your interviewers by wearing the right clothes (not too striking or trendy!), learn more about the company you are being interviewed for and preparing for the top 5 questions that are most commonly asked in interviews – “Tell me more about  yourself” etc.

2. Best and Worst Jobs of 2013 

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Jobs are rated based on 5 criteria: Work environment, income, stress, hiring outlook and physical demands. Are you thinking of becoming a reporter, flight attendant, or even an actor? You might like to rethink your career options.

Regardless, in our opinion, it’s not the job you do that matters, but how you do your job. Do a job that values and seeks to uphold human life and dignity, and work at it with diligence and integrity.

3. The Surprising Truth About What Really Motivates Us

RSA, Dan Pink

A speech by Dan Pink reveals what really motivates us at the workplace.

Contrary to popular belief, the carrot-and-stick method of rewarding employees don’t apply to jobs that require creativity and complex thinking. This is something for managers to chew on when thinking of how to incentivise and motivate staff. Studies also found that when it comes to work performance, people are driven by purpose, and having autonomy and mastery over what they do.

4. 12 Steps You Should Take Before You Accept the Job Offer

LifeHacker, Melanie Pinola

So you got your job offer – now what? Here are some practical advice on things you ought to do before accepting that job. Advice includes ensuring that you have a written job offer with the critical facts inside, meeting up with your future colleagues that reports to your boss to find out more about him/her etc.

We will like to add the 13th step, and that would be to learn about your prospective employer on Jobiness.

5. Creating the Best Workplace on Earth

Harvard Business Review, Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones

Since we spend most of our waking hours working, why not make the workplace an optimal and enjoyable one? How does the company of your dreams look like? Findings have shown that the best working environment that help maximize our full potential to work have these qualities: Allowing people to be themselves, communication that flows freely, a place that let’s people work for more increasing shareholder’s value and in creating rules that employees can believe in.

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Here’s our weekly list of career related resources which can take you higher in your career if practised.

Enjoy these reads:

1. 10 Steps to Happiness at Work 

Forbes

Rather than being a prisoner of your circumstances, rise up above them and practice these good habits to make happiness happen for you at work. Good habits include not bearing grudges, focus on finding passion within yourself rather than in your job, and being others-centered.

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2. 5 Tips for Cold-Emailing Your Dream Employer 

Mashable, Jessica Adamiak 

Cold-emailing never or rarely works. Your email is most likely to end up unnoticed. To write more effective emails to get that dream job, find out who exactly your hiring manager is. Search within your network who is connected with the decision maker. Write clearly and sincerely in your email why you want to work for them and finally, demonstrate your sincerity by following up within a week or two. Such a targeted approach will help you stand out amongst the sea of candidates than simply spamming multiple applications.

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3. Email is Not Free

Harvard Business Review, Tom Cochran

How many emails do you receive on average everyday?

Emails have been among the most abused mode of communication in the office. Email pollution affects efficiency and eats up labour cost. It is interesting to note that an open office concept actually decreases one’s use of email, and that is with a corresponding increase in the use of  digital tools that facilitate communication. The use of collaboration software,  instant messenger and such decreases email abuse and increases collaboration. We ought to steward the tools available to us well which can help in improving productivity.

 

4. Top Salespeople Use LinkedIn to Sell More

Harvard Business Review, Steve W. Martin

If you are in sales and have been slack with your LinkedIn profile, it’s time to buckle up and start having it work to your advantage in connecting with your prospective clients. This simple study shows that 40% of  Enthusiastic LinkedIn users have successfully generated revenue based on their LinkedIn-related efforts, while less than 20% of Casual users have done so.

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5. 6 Ways to Spring Clean Your LinkedIn Profile

Mashable, Jennifer Parris

Following the previous article, here’s how you can freshen up your account.

6. How to Manage a Micromanaging Boss

Mashable

Such managers micromanage because they want to be in control. Show that you are a trustworthy and reliable individual by being on top of your work and being proactive in completing tasks.

If the tips provided above fail, feel free to complain about your boss here. Don’t mention names please and don’t worry, it’s anonymous. 

6. Best Face Foward To Get The Job

My Paper, Nigel Chen

Note to job candidates: Employers are closely observing your facial expressions. Put your best face forward by giving a calm, focused and friendly expression and avoid looks of disinterest such as yawns, sighs, blank expression and a forced smile.

 

Here’s our weekly list of career related resources that you might find useful. Enjoy these reads:

1. 10  Things Really Amazing Bosses Do

There are 10 traits that set amazing bosses apart from good ones. If you are a boss, how do you measure up to these qualities? If you are an employee, an absence or presence of such qualities can make or stifle your career.

2. 26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I’d Known at 20

Here are some practical wisdom on how you ought to manage your work hours. This is our favourite – “More hours doesn’t mean more productivity. Use constraints as opportunities“.

Which is your favourite?

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3.  Can Beautiful Design Make Your Resume Stand Out?

So this article says it sure does. If an employers take 6 seconds looking at your resume, making your resume to be visually attractive is critical in helping you stand out from that stack of resumes.

4. The 5 Principles Of Happiness At Work

In this TED x video, Vishen, CEO of MindValley shares 5 unconventional approaches to making employees happy, which made his company to be voted as the World’s Greatest Workplace. Some of the ways include the gamification of work, where employees can earn badges and level up, ensuring that employees lead glorious social lives, giving employees a beautiful workplace so that they won’t want to return home, and giving them flexitime so long as they get the work done.

Feel free to email us at contact@jobiness.com if you have any articles or interesting career-related sites that you will like to share.