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Job and Career Resources for Consultants, Freelancers, and Gurus
A collection of the best resources for consultants, freelancers, hired guns, and gurus to help you connect with employers who need your expertise.
Quintessential Resources for Consultants and Freelancers:
- Consultant/Free Agent Quiz
- The Nuts and Bolts of Launching a Career in Freelancing or Consulting
- Portfolio Careers: Creating a Career of Multiple Part-Time Jobs
- 10 Portfolio Career Tips
- Tips for /lieaking into and Succeeding in Management Consulting
- The Word is Out: Becoming a Free Agent is a Hot Career Path
If you don't find exactly what you are looking for with these resources, remember to check out:
- Entrepreneurial Resources for Budding Entrepreneurs
- Resources for Portfolio Careers, Patchworking, Moonlighting, Side-Gigs, Second Jobs, Freelancing
- Jobs for Telecommuters & Work-at-Home
- Quintessential Careers: Temporary Employment Jobs
- Quintessential Careers: General Job Resources
Job Opportunities for Consultants, Contract Workers, Independent Contractors, Freelancers:Aquent -- a place for creative and technical professionals can find contract, project-based, and permanent work. Each job-seeker is assigned a "talent agent" who helps in your career management and client choices. You can search for jobs, sign up for an email job-alert program and submit your resume/application. Free to job-seekers.
AllFreelance.com -- a great site for freelancers, you'll find a central information base for freelancers to find everything that you could need all in one place, including an online freelance e-zine, searchable job listings, resume services, and profile provider.
AuthenticJobs.com -- a job board for Web designers and other creative professionals seeking full-time or freelance opportunities. Job-seekers can browse job listings or search by keywords, as well as subscribe to a job matching alert system. No cost of job-seekers.
bullhorn.com -- where creative professionals looking for freelance work can connect with small-to-medium sized businesses looking for freelance or full-time creative talent. All administrative tasks are handled by the site. Membership is free, but there is a 5% transaction fee for each project negotiated on the site.
Corp-Corp -- a job board for IT and computer professionals seeking consulting and contract work opportunities, where job-seekers can browse or search job listings from recruiters. Company uses a search technology called FETCH to connect recruiters and candidates. Site also includes IT industry news and events. No cost to job-seekers.
elance.com -- a worldwide freelance marketplace that includes proposals in business, computer, engineering, financial, medical, marketing, and much more. This site provides the resources for people to connect, communicate, and complete your projects.
Flexjobs.com -- a job site for job-seekers not seeking traditional full-time, on-site, 9-to-5 jobs -- but instead, seeking telecommuting (or work from home, telework, virtual work), part-time, flex-time, contract, consulting, project-based, seasonal, and volunteer work. Job-seekers can search "hand-screened and legitimate" job postings, but must be a member to apply. Fee-based.
Freelance JobSearch -- where freelancers -- currently more than 1,000 -- can search for jobs and find freelance positions, as well as create an online profile and resume that potential employers can review. The site is also about trying to develop a community of freelancers -- for networking and interacting with peers. Free membership.
Guru.com -- a fantastic resource for IT, creative, and business freelancers and consultants. The site's mission is to empower independent professionals by providing the tools necessary to succeed. These tools include job opportunities, creation of your guru profile, career guidance, and support services. Free to gurus.
The Jobble Network -- where contract professionals seeking employment can meet with employers with contract jobs. Job-seekers can search for job leads (by job type, location, or keywords) or browse the 3,000+ positions. Registration required. Free to job-seekers.
JobCrank -- a job site that helps people with skills find employers who have needs for workers with those same skills. Job-seekers can search for job postings for employment opportunities, freelancing, and volunteer positions (by keyword, location, industry), as well as post a profile, register for job alerts, and more. No cost for basic membership.
KIT List -- the KIT (Keep In Touch) List is an email job posting service where employers and recruiters advertise permanent or consulting job opportunities. No cost to job-seekers to join list, but a small charge to recruiters and employers to post a job opportunity to the KIT List.
MBAGlobalNet.com -- an interactive network of experienced MBAs looking for high-profile full-time and project positions. Through innovative programs and techniques, members are showcased. Members post your bios and a cover letter, as well as gain access to job listings and other resources. Free to job-seekers.
MindBench -- a site for high-achieving consultants -- helping you achieve your career goals (whether interested in full-time employment or freelancing opportunities) through providing the job opportunities and offering effective career counselling. No cost to job-seekers.
oDesk -- an outsourcing/independent contractor job site, where freelancers and consultants can search and apply for jobs in a wide variety of category and skill sets as well as develop a detailed profile to attract hiring organizations. Fee-based.
OnContracting -- helps contractors (software developers, marketers, accountants, etc.) looking for contract jobs with hard-to-find information to assist you in exploring and selecting who you want to work for -- and networking with recruiters at staffing companies who can help get jobs at preferred companies.
Shelancers -- a directory of female freelancers who provide short and long-term expert support in a variety of areas (such as writers, Web designers, virtual assistants, and more). Freelancers must pay registration and monthly fee to use the site.
shiftgig -- a job site for service industry workers seeking a new gig -- in food/entertainment/hospitality industries in one of many major cities in which the site operates. Search for jobs and post your profile. No cost to job-seekers.
smarterwork.com -- designed to bring independent professionals from around the world to work together in a secure environment on projects in one of five areas: document production; graphic design; Net research; Web build support; and writing and editing.
Sologig.com -- where freelancers, contractors, and consultants can find your next project -- or gig. Job-seekers can post multiple customized profiles and search the available gigs and find opportunities that match your interests. From Headhunter.net.
Resources for Independent Professionals:MBO Partners -- a company for independent professionals (such as consultants, contractors, and freelancers) that does work that frees up your time from completing mundane tasks. Fee-based.
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