By Tom Geller | Friday, March 22, 2013
Most freelancers live a feast-or-famine existence. We’re either pushing hard to finish a client’s urgent project—and aren’t they all urgent?—or we’re wiling away the time, wondering what to do with ourselves.
When there’s a feast of work, clients define your activities and goals. But during famines, you’re on your own. You want to use the time well, but don’t have an external authority guiding you. Uncertainty can freeze even the most intrepid freelancer into inactivity.
By Chelsea Adams | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Believe it or not, searching for a job doesn’t have to be overwhelming and stressful.
If you feel like your job search has you treading water, follow these five tips to get organized, visible, connected—and headed down the path to employment.
By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, March 12, 2014
It’s sometimes shocking how useful honesty can be, yet we often avoid it. Take hiring talent as an example. We should be honest to ensure that candidates know exactly what they are getting into. But instead of telling them about team quirks, odd office dynamics, and long hours driven by client needs, we often lie. We push out polished and agreed–upon images about a team and company that don’t exist in the real world. We tell them everything we can think of that is good about us, but nothing that sounds remotely imperfect or strange.
By Tom Geller | Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Who willingly leaps from a warm bed on a rainy morning? Yet that’s a question you might ask if you want to start freelancing. The world awaits, while the familiar comforts. Even if a difficult situation motivates you—a bad boss, job dissatisfaction, or unemployment—fear of the unknown can freeze even the intrepid.
But take heart. You’ll still be the same, familiar, human being; you’ll only become a new human doing. Here are five tips to help you use what you have, stay what you are, and get what you need to prepare for a transition to freelancing.
1. Collect your assets.
You have a professional history: use it! Make a portfolio of your past work, even if it’s not directly relevant to your new freelance practice. The online version can be built with WordPress, Drupal, Muse, or any other web software, and it should contain tangible results of your past work, such as print or digital samples. (If your work is service based and doesn’t produce tangible output, replace portfolio samples with client endorsements and illustrations of your work process.)
By Bonnie Bills | Friday, April 22, 2011
Today we’re pleased to announce the release of a new course designed to help our members market their job skills, Creating an Effective Resume. In the course, lynda.com author Mariann Siegert shares insider recommendations—based on her experience with her own resume service and her interviews with numerous recruiters and hiring managers—for creating a resume that stands out from the crowd. The course covers how to target your resume toward specific employers; how to write your resume so that employers will want to read it; how to choose from the different ways to organize your resume and format each section; how to write titles for online searches and upload to resume banks and job sites like Monster.com; how to write cover letters and thank-you notes; and much more.
In the following video, Mariann answers resume questions that blog readers sent in or posted as comments. As you’ll see, Mariann is passionate about helping people, a passion that is reflected in all the useful tips and techniques in this course. Please let us know what you think!
By Crystal McCullough | Monday, August 23, 2010
Our Human Resources department spearheaded a series of behind-the-scenes videos that talk about what it’s like to work at lynda.com, what inspires us, and what we enjoy most about the area in which our company is located.
In this second video, lynda.com employees share how they feel about lynda.com: how they feel about the product, coworkers, quality, work ethic, benefits, and the company as a whole. They also share how passionate they are about making a difference in so many members’ lives.
If you are interested in working at lynda.com, see all of our current postings on our Careers page.
By Crystal McCullough | Thursday, August 19, 2010
In this first video, lynda.com founders Bruce Heavin and Lynda Weinman tell us why they love to come to work here every day. From enabling members to make the most of their abilities, to striving to give more to members than expected, to reinventing education and putting the joy and curiosity back into the experience of learning, Bruce and Lynda explain the challenges and joys of being a part of lynda.com.
By Megan O. Read | Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The job market has been on many of our minds lately. You may have already checked out Laurie Burruss’ course on creating an online résumé to help you get prepared for an upcoming career change.
I spent some time with the lynda.com human resource team and asked them to share a few tips on successful interviewing to help you in your job search. Here are their top four interviewing tips.
1. Do Your Research on the Company
Before going to an interview with a potential employer, always know as much as you can about the company. Find out what drives the company. How long have they been in business? How many employees do they have? What are the main products and services? This kind of information will help you understand what they might be looking for in an individual. Employers like to know applicants have done some research rather than coming in cold.
A good resource to start with would be checking out the company’s About Us page.
The lynda.com About Us page gives an overview of the company mission and motivation, and links to further company information.
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