Flexible work…is ‘On Demand’ for you?

People in office laughing at reading text on smartphoneby Karen Adamedes

I jokingly say to people that my life is divided into two stages. Before I used Uber and after I started hoping into nice new cars and being chauffeured around by polite drivers who I summon at the swipe of an app.

This has only occurred recently as I was quite hesitant as the first I really knew about an app ordering car service was based on a CSI Cyber episode, which had a fairly grisly outcome for the customers involved. Once I put my TV inspired paranoia aside I still had questions, Are they safe? Are the cars okay? Will they be any good?

And now that I have tried a new way of getting from A to B I can say yes to all of those questions and how cool is the Tesla? (I may not have completely mastered the app yet as I accidently ordered an UberBlack the other day…)

Anyhow I don’t need to deal with cabs that don’t turn up, drivers that don’t know where they’re going or (warning – yukky imagery ahead) congealed vomit on the inside of taxi doors (yes, that was the tipping point that lead me to try Uber).

So, what’s this all got to do with work and careers? Well it seems that there is a new business model emerging in the recruitment industry that puts flexible workers and employers in touch with each other the same way Uber facilitates passengers and drivers finding each other.

It’s known as an ‘On Demand’ work marketplace. Basically it’s an app that lets employers post jobs and set the price and for people who want to work flexibly – they then bid for your job. And like Uber both sides rate each other when the job is completed.

As well as writing about careers, mine is as a consultant – so the appeal of finding someone for a short term gig is quite appealing. I could get all sorts of help like book keeping when I need it. And have the knowledge that the person I give the work to has positive ratings.

But I think the real magic is the options it provides for people looking for flexible work. If you don’t want to work full-time for a single organisation, like variety or want to work from home (or even take on something extra to your day job) it’s worth a look.

Like the taxi industry many of us have frustrations with the recruitment industry. And many of the articles I write about how to get a job, are about how to get past the recruiter and impress an actual potential employer with your skill.

With this kind of service both employers and workers should be able to able to bypass agencies. I can’t imagine a lot of big corporates using this though…I suspect it will be most popular with small businesses who are also looking to minimize the cost of agency payments.

And the downside of the On Demand economy is to make sure that workers are paid fairly. But the power is in your hands. Don’t bid for a job for a rate that’s not acceptable to you! And don’t take work that you don’t want to do.

One app in Australia is Workfast –looks easy enough to use (I can’t see that I would accidentally order a luxury bookkeeper…?). In the US there are multiple apps that are listed on for temporary staffing and Fiverr for pretty much any type of service you need or provide.

If the CEO heads to the beach for the day – this may not be quite the right way to replace them – but if you want flexibility as a worker or an employer it certainly looks worth a look #newwaysofworking.

5 Tips to find work in a new industry

Finding a job in a new industry can certainly be a daunting prospect. However, you will find that there are a number of qualities which can give you an advantage when starting out. These transferable skills are highly sought after and will ensure you maximize your prospects of being employed in a new industry.

We spoke to a team of managers from bonprix to get their top tips when searching for work in a new industry.

1. Research the Industry

When looking for work in a new industry, researching your chosen field is a priority. Changing industries does not always mean an entirely new career, so try looking for positions similar to your past experience first.

Keep up to date with news from the industry you’re looking to work in and learn about its culture. This will help you weigh up the pros and cons of the industry and identify any challenges or opportunities which could occur in the future.

“Having a basic working knowledge of my field before my career began was an advantage.” Rosie, Offline Campaign Manager

2. Make Yourself Stand Out

Making an immediate impression is integral to any successful job application. When applying for a role in a new industry, you may feel that your CV will be lacking relevant experience. In reality, you have the opportunity to highlight your skills and show you’re serious about bringing a new perspective to that industry.

These skills can be picked up from almost any background, from university courses to long-term hobbies. What you do outside of work can even provide the spark of individuality that will help set you apart from the competition. Employers love being able to see what people are passionate about in their spare time, as they’ll look for you to bring that same level of commitment and enthusiasm to their workplace.

“I completed a placement year as part of my university degree and I can’t stress enough how important this year’s work experience was. It allowed me to put into practice some of my learnings but most importantly prepared me for the real world when I completed my degree.” Lydia, Project Manager

“I did go to university and it was invaluable to me in terms of transferable skills.” Suzanna, Offline Campaign Manager

3. Adapt to Change

If you want to find work and excel in a new industry you must be willing, and able, to change to meet the demands of the job. The ability to adapt is one of the most useful transferable skills you can obtain and is something all employers look for. This ranges from your individual work skills, such as writing style and methods of research, to how you manage working with others.

The workplace is a constantly changing environment. If you can step outside of your comfort zone and push yourself into new situations, then you are sure to excel. All of it requires a degree of flexibility.

“We have to work with new people all the time and adapt to changes in the workplace. Not being able to adapt to change can really hold you back in your career!” Lydia, Project Manager

 4. Be Willing to Learn

When you enter a new industry, you may be starting from scratch in terms of practical, firsthand experience. But this doesn’t mean that you are at a disadvantage. As long as you demonstrate an eagerness to learn, an employer can work with this and help you develop the more specific skills they require.

This willingness to learn can also extend to professional training courses. By indicating that you are open to expanding your knowledge, you make yourself more valuable to a potential employer. You can also show you would be willing to spend extra time learning how to complete tasks when you are still new to your role.

“As with any new job, I felt pretty useless for a while. My knowledge needed to grow, fast. Even after a year I still feel like there is so much more for me to learn. I made sure that I spent extra time on tasks in the beginning to learn them well, and I was lucky enough to have a manager who was a very knowledgeable and good teacher.” Rosie, Offline Campaign Manager

5. Adopt the Right Attitude

In every industry and in every job there are certain aspects that you won’t like. Regardless of your feelings, you have to be able to complete tasks assigned to you. You have to be able to show dedication to your job and for the company that you work for.

If you can show that you care about your work then this will shine through in the quality of what you produce. Keeping a positive attitude will also reflect well on you and ensure that you fit in with a team of colleagues. This is an important facet of starting in a new industry as personality is an influential factor in gaining a job in the first place.

“Every job has admin tasks that are less exciting than the others but these tasks must be done! The most exciting tasks for me are those that are not so day to day, such as the ideas sessions, photo shoots, events, trips to the head office and learning of upcoming plans.” Rosie, Offline Campaign Manager

“Personality is the most important trait but I would also look for experience, confidence and attitude.” Jenna, Finance Department

The bottom line is that you should not be afraid to pursue a career in a new industry as long as you ensure you have the necessary transferable skills. As you can see, there is a lot which you can do to make yourself attractive to any potential employer!


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Which book title would you like your manager to be reading?


Hi all

I’m working on a new book – which is a handbook about the ‘basics’ for managers.

I know there are a gazillion management books already written but I think that there is a need for something that covers the basics. Management 101 – the stuff people think they should know or their manager thinks they already do know (or their manager doesn’t know!).

Anyway I’d really like to know which book title you would like your manager to be reading for their ‘development’?

Or if you’re a manager or aspiring manager, which of these would appeal to you?

Click link to survey here

And if you’ve got any stories you’d like to share about your experiences with a manager (which can be anonymous if included in the book!) about being a manager, a great manager you worked with or one who could’ve benefited from knowing a little more about the basics…please email me at

Really appreciate your feedback.

Hope you have a successful and enjoyable week.


6 Careers that you can take traveling


by A.J. Earley

There are a lot of well-known traveling careers out there. From travel writer, to airline pilot, to CEO, most of them seem rather unattainable, or maybe just aren’t right for you. If you go about it the right way, almost any profession could become a traveling profession, but it might take a lot of time and effort. Whether you’ve always been a carefree soul full of wanderlust, or it’s just time to move on from your current position, a job that entails travel could definitely be the answer. Here are several careers that you may not have known could easily turn into a traveling dream job:


When it comes to travel, hospitality is a great place to start, especially if you are pursuing a university degree and just need work in the summer. Most state and national parks, as well as resort towns, see the vast majority of their business come through during the warmer months. You could work at a different location every summer, or stick around if you love a particular destination enough. There are also corporate hotels that have staff hopping all over the world to fill positions that are needed during busy seasons, which vary widely when it comes to global destinations. You also have the opportunity to work for a major cruise line, where you’ll get to soak up the sun year-round.

Massage Therapist

When it comes to the opportunity to travel, a career in massage therapy is one of the top options. Massage therapists work in a variety of settings, from spas to medical facilities, even corporate venues. If you pursue a career in massage therapy, you could go the spa route, and hop from popular travel destinations during their busy seasons. For example: you could work at a major ski resort in the winter time, and then move to a spa near a lake or resort town that gets a lot of tourists in the summer. Most cruise ships have spas as well, which means you’d be traveling nonstop to all sorts of destinations. If you have a background in health care, you might even have the opportunity to become a sports team’s dedicated massage therapist, which means you’d travel to all of their games with them.


Being a nanny can give you almost unlimited options as to where you can work. Most families only employ nannies until their children are school-aged, which means you could hop around from town to town every few years. You could even become an au pair, which is a nanny who lives with a host family in a foreign country. Learning a foreign language is not necessary to become an au pair, but it does expand your possibilities immensely.


It’s no secret that chefs have the opportunity to travel, especially when they’re gaining experience. A lot of the world’s most well-known chefs study in Rome, Paris, London and New York, and then take up whatever opportunities they can get at high profile restaurants around the country. But it seems they all eventually open their own restaurants and stay put once they’ve got some clout under their belts. But, this doesn’t have to be the case. Many big-name food companies have more than one executive chef on staff who travels year-round to hit trade shows and conventions to show off their products, as well as learn more about the industry. If you love to cook and travel, this could be a fulfilling lifelong career.


Many careers in the healthcare field are seen as stationary, but travel nurses are actually in very high demand. Travel nurses take up temporary positions all over the country, in areas where nurses are needed the most, which means pay is extremely competitive. In most cases, your housing and travel expenses will be covered. If you have a wanderlust and a passion for helping others, a career in travel nursing is definitely for you, and the time spent earning your nursing credentials will be well worth it.

Wedding Photographer

These days, destination weddings are all the rage, and photographers who are willing to travel are a big commodity. If you’ve always had a knack for photography, it doesn’t take much more than some nice equipment and a little word-of-mouth to start up a career in this arena. Once you’ve established yourself, advertise that you are willing to travel. Your travel expenses and accommodations will be covered, and you’ll have the chance to see some of the world’s top destinations while making money doing what you love.

If you’ve always loved to travel, I hope these professions can give you some inspiration to make your next big career move. Don’t forget that you’ve got what it takes to be whatever you want to be. Just remember to plan your career goals out carefully, market yourself wisely, and never give up hope that the right path is just around the next corner.



AJ Earley is a personal chef, freelance writer, travel junkie, and root beer float enthusiast from Boise, Idaho. AJ posts tips, ideas and other interesting stuff on Twitter @ajvworld.



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