Graduates’ Job-Related Matters to Prepare for The Coming Years

What was your New Year’s resolution in 2019? Spending more time with family? Finishing your school? Eating less junk food and starting a healthier diet? – So have you achieved those resolutions you set last year?

You might have achieved some of your New Year’s resolutions. But probably you have broken some of them too. Well, it is okay to fail in achieving something because plans can always be changed and modified according to the situation. Instead of wailing over what has been over, it would be better to move on and set a new goal. 

So, have you made any New Year resolutions for the next year? As a graduate, there are good chances that landing a job would be among your New Year’s resolution. If this is totally what you think about, here are some inspiring resolution ideas you should try. Happy New Year!!!

Be more active in your social media platform 

Avance Consulting survey showed that employers rely on social media as a recruiting platform and branding strategy. That said, if you plan to get hired on the new year, it is time to become more active in your social media platform. Currently, the most sought social media platform used by recruiters and companies are LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook, added Avance. 

See also: Social Media Dos and Don’ts for Fresh Grads Looking for a Job

After that, create meaningful content in your social media. It does not mean you should merely post about the job-related matter. You can publish something of your interest too like fun memes, articles, videos, etc. “Meaningful content” here means you should not post something negative into your platform. If you happened to have posted negative contents or comments in the past,  do your homework and erase them from your social media soon. 

Have a learning goal 

Another thing you can do is to have a learning goal. It can be anything of your interests such as learning language, coding, painting, video-making, podcasting, or whatever you like. But remember during this one year, you should focus only on one or two learning and be a master of what you are learning. If you have so many learning goals in one year, it will only distract you from being an expert in it. Or worse, you might stop learning because it is too hard to maintain everything at once. 

Get a new hobby 

There’s this famous saying, “Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.” Have you got them all? 

Having hobbies is important as it helps you fight boredom from routine while giving you ways to gain new skills that will help you become a better person in the future. When you are falling in love deeply with your hobby, you can even start generating money from it. 

For instance, you have a hobby to write anything, from writing an unachievable plan to writing a breakable schedule. You constantly bring book and pen everywhere to document any interesting events happen. Instead of keeping all by yourself, you can start documenting all of your thoughts and ideas on your own blog. When you have gained readers, you can start to upgrade the blog and making money from Google Ads. And since you love writing, you can start doing affiliate marketing for products or services you found interesting. With passion and will, something good will soon happen. Perhaps, during that one year, you can be a travel blogger or be a volunteer and help the refugees from the money you gain from your blogs. Who knows, right? 

Find your productivity apps 

How will you stay focus on your approach to fulfilling all those resolutions? One answer – have a fun time while pursuing all those goals. 

Another question, how should you have a fun time? One answer – get an app or game you love. Just make sure you won’t be too addicted to playing the game or app. 

You probably want to try the Pomodoro technique. This technique will require you to work in 25 minutes increments, then have 5 minutes breaks. After that, you work another 25 minutes and have longer breaks. After completing four 25 minutes increments, you can have a break 15 minutes up to 20 minutes. There is an app that can help you achieve the Pomodoro technique such as Focus Booster, Pomodone, or Pomodoro tracker. 

Another app you can try is Forest. This one is favourited by many users and is available for iPhone and Android users. In Forest app, you can gain points for planting trees in order to buy another strange tree. This is good to shoo away your boredom. There are also Habitica, SuperBetter, Todoist Karma, EpicWin, Zombies, Run!, etc. Pick one you love or two for a bonus. 

Read also: Graduation Dilemma: Should You Take a Gap Year or Just Get Into the Workforce?

8 Top-Notch Freelancing Sites You Should Give-a-Go

We know that working as a freelance is a high-wanted job for most of us, probably all of us. Who does not love the idea of staying in a cosy home or beautiful nature while working, after all?

Yet, while the perks of being a freelance could be too good to be true, depositing your resume in the wrong freelance platform could be such a waste. Not only will it waste your energy and effort, but you might also need to spend a dime on a platform with questionable standing.

See also: How to Balance Your College and Work-life When You are a Freelancer

Worry no more, here we have listed some top-notch freelance marketplaces on the internet for you. No hoax, just profitable and reliable sites, here are eight surprisingly best marketplaces where you can both build your reputation and earn more bucks to your savings.

Fiverr

With over 90 percent user satisfaction review, Fiverr is popular amongst those who look for freelance jobs and hire a freelancer. Fiverr has also won a Great User Experience Award in 2018, making them trustworthy to sign up. In Fiverr, you are required to set gigs with your own expected salary and niche.

Guru

Guru is a non-negotiable marketplace for finding part-time jobs and projects. They have a straightforward hiring process, making it easy for clients and you to connect. Besides, Guru is best-suited for long-term freelancers and employers with employers don’t require to pay a fee to post their projects.

WriterAccess

If you are passionate about writing, starting your freelancing career here will be so helpful. You can get some good experience by allowing yourself to connect and work for a famous brand company. Writer Access also gives better communication experience to their users so you can effortlessly communicate with your customers.

Travelista

Travelista is another freelance platform for writers. However, such as the name suggests, the writing will be about travel or tips and tricks about travelling. Additionally, before starting to freelance here, you need to build your own websites which will be very useful to help build your reputation. After registering, they will guide you to buy a domain then build your own niche and hand you a freelance task about writing with reliable payment.  

Upwork

Upwork is one of the largest marketplaces for projects. You can sell every expertise you possess here. Additionally, Upwork will give you a wide range of job choices such as short-term project, long-term-project, entry-level project, etc.

Freelancer

Another professional platform to try is a freelancer. It welcomes any talents who are passionate about working with your own time and schedule. There are plenty to choose as well because there are a lot of projects posted every day. Bid on a project, complete it and take your reward.   

99Designs

99Designs can be categorised as the largest marketplace for logo, web, and Graphic designers. Thus, if you are trying to build a reputation for your design skills, it is good to give it a try. Generally, clients in 99Designs will provide a brief description of the design they want, and designers submit their entries. So, it is more like a contest based platform to show off your ability while get paying for your hard work.

HubStaff

HubStaffs is a zero-fee marketplace that connects businesses with high-quality freelance talent. Therefore, you can showcase your skills without having to spend a penny. As a freelance in HubStaff, you do not need to go to a third party website to communicate with your clients. If the client is interested in you, they will directly email you and vice versa. Recently, HubStaffs launched a remote job board for freelancers to get remote positions on your chosen company.

Read also: A to D Tips to be a Productive Freelancer