When you hear the word gig you probably think of a struggling garage band performing at a club. And while that’s a gig, we use the term closer to the way craigslist.com uses it: as a freelance assignment or consulting project. We also expand it to include volunteer work, spec projects, and more. Some examples of a gig are:
How gigging can get you better opportunities, a job, and a new career
The term gig is sometimes used in a negative way like it’s insignificant compared to a real job. Yet getting a gig – gigging, can lead to so many opportunities that you would never have known about if you didn’t take the gig.
Gigging can help you:
If not gigging, then what are you doing?
You may be thinking it’s too much effort to get a gig or that is just not for you. Yet, if you’re not currently employed, what are you doing? The last thing a hiring manager wants to hear when she asks what you’re currently doing is, “Looking for a job”. By gigging, you have a great response – you are motivated and driven, and to illustrate, you’ve taken on this new mission.
Gigging will most likely involve the hard work of transforming your thinking
Even before I became I blogger, I pitched myself as a Blogger (with a capital ‘B’) to a conference producer. Saying that I’d provide candid feedback from unedited cocktail conversation and real-time tweeting – which is juicy and valuable beyond collated responses to multiple-choice survey questionnaires – I summoned all my chutzpah, tried and failed. But, it was worth a try!
Regardless of your circumstance – employed, under-employed, wishing to be employed, or flat-out exhausted from being employed – this is key. The world has changed, you need to change with it, and as you do, you will transform inside and become more successful in your career, too. You may stop wishing for that traditional job, and instead work for yourself. And that new thinking will make you more attractive even as the market itself needs contract people and shared arrangements.
Technology skills learned at the gig, led to the job
Yes, it happened to me. The gig led directly to the job.
Four years ago, I had a retail promotion gig that paid little but had a Cadillac of a perk. Daily I entered my tally and notes into Salesforce, which is one of the most advanced database systems. To me and my experience at that point, it was a universe ahead. Ultimately, that one word on my resume – Salesforce.com – in the Computer Skills section, got an employer’s attention and earned me an interview. When opportunity came, I had swum around in the technology enough to convince said powers to choose me.
Let’s make that you, next time.
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