‘WorkHoppers’ Aware Yourselves

workhoppersWhen I was in Australia looking for part time work, one of the more popular categories that work fell into was “Casual” labor. Employers looking for casual workers were posting temporary positions, or jobs that required work only every once and again – not quite part-time and not quite permanent. Essentially perfect for students.

 

 

I had never seen these types of jobs posted before then, which is interesting because its cost effective for employers and allows potential workers a fair degree of freedom in choice, flexibility and the capacity dabble in  different industries – all without the constraints of a full, or part-time job. Obviously these sorts of jobs are prime for students since we’re crushed regularly by piles of schoolwork and incorrigible hangovers. Enter WorkHoppers.com.

The premise for Workhoppers is simple. Create an online platform where freelancers interact with employers directly. Employers post projects, and ‘workhoppers’ browse through them. This affords both parties a high degree of flexibility since employers get access to a large pool of potential workers, while the workers themselves can sift through several positions. The types of projects vary considerably; you could work as a bookkeeper, develop a website, design an app, assist with a marketing campaign, etc. To expedite the process, the site also matches employers and workers together based on listed skills, availability and reviews – the reviews aspect is especially interesting, since they operate like informal letters of recommendation. Workhoppers fills an important vacuum – especially for students.

As a soon-to-be grad, I find myself in an irreconcilable catch-22. I want work experience, but the only way to get work experience, is to have work experience. I mean, c’mon real world, give me a break. Fortunately, Workhoppers remedies this pain, since students can gain work experience in multiple fields and then use that experience to eventually acquire the coveted job, or, if you’re an entrepreneurial spirit you may use Workhoppers to your advantage as a serial freelancer, OR, you might blow an employer away with your kickass organizational and communication skills and they’ll hire you on permanently.

E-lance sites like Workhoppers are on the rise because of the staggering growth of ‘task-based’ work in a lumbering economy (https://www.elance.com/q/online-employment-report). Additionally, as Forbes points out in a  recent article, freelance work caters to generation Y’s entrepreneurial character (http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghancasserly/2013/02/06/how-startups-drive-freelance-salaries-elance-billions/). I’m all for gung-ho students who are eager to sell their souls for a 100hour work week and comfortable paycheck, but some of us might benefit from a site like Workhoppers, which allows us to test the waters of multiple industries, while conferring us flexibility and an oh-so precious income.

 

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