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Customize Your Work Schedule
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

So many people are tired of being tired. They're tired from a traditional routine of working long hours that take up a majority of their waking lives. Before they know it, they're blindsided by retirement. For a lot of people, working a 9-5 just isn't for them. Instead of deadlines and reports, they're stimulated by a more lenient driving force--something along the lines of a go-with-the-flow type of lifestyle. The fact of the matter is that our economy simply doesn't support a job market that would allow everyone that type of freedom.

That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, often times these positions aren't advertised. The majority of people know where to find their dream work schedule and how to obtain it. It exists where else but a cloud--cloudcomputing that is--as well as many other companies in and out of the tech industry. Advancing technology is making it easier for part-time or contract industry employees work from home through telecommunications. Now that so many jobs can be done through the web and don't require an on-site presence telecommuting is flourishing.

Finding Flexibility
People who don't want to sacrifice challenging work for schedule accomodations no longer have to. They can have their night-time coffee and caffeinate it too--as long as they produce results. Usually, these types of positions are offered by companies that need an extra helping hand, but not another body, therefore, face-to-face meetings aren't necessary. You just have to be able to get the job done when needed regardless of when you actually do it.

It's a bit different, however, for people wanting to get back in the workplace and are turning to contract or part-time positions to get them out of a rut. These individuals need to be confident enough to compete with even the most qualified candidates. As in any industry, always look to networks for help in steering you in the right direction. You need to prove that you're ready to be back on the evolving market, a good start is by making sure your resume is strong. Fully equipped with the right tools paired with vigorous self advocation will help get you noticed.

Your best bet for finding contract or part-time positions is at small to mid-size businesses since they are more affordable than taking on a full-time employee. They are more willing to be flexible in exchange for your expertise. For all companies though, you need to exude top-notch communication and problem-solving skills along with the ability to work both independently and part of a team.

Most importantly, find out what your manager wants from you and prove that you're capable of meeting those demands. If you want to work a shorter work week or have longer vacations, your manager needs to be assured that you'll still be easy to get a hold of via email or instant messenger when you're needed. Working less, or not at all, at the office or means making yourself more available out of it.