Using Your Side Gig on your Resume
The side gig economy is a rising trend in today’s world of work: this phenomena sees over a fifth of job seekers surveyed reporting that they have held some sort of gig job and furthermore, that for many of them, the gig was their main source of income. Furthermore, the majority people surveyed are open to new opportunities and less than half of respondents intend to stay in their job for more than two years.
So what does this mean for resumes? Well, there are some definite changes that have occurred as a result of this gig economy and the growing strength of that type of working life! More and more millennials are going this route, turning away from the traditional 9-5, 40 years to life career that their parents and grandparents have espoused and that means that businesses also have to tweak the way that they look at resumes, the way they look for talent and the way that they treat employees!
- Job Hopping is no longer a stigma. It wasn’t that long ago that people would try to gloss over jobs that hadn’t lasted very long and try to figure out a way to stretch their job hopping into something that looked more long term. People who had been in the job force for a long time were seen as being more reliable, loyal and harder working that those who only worked in a position for a year or two before moving on. This has changed with the push for the gig economy and more part time, flex-time, freelancing and consultant work. Now the emphasis is not on the quantity of time spent on a job, but the quality of what you did while in that job: the skills you possess, the benefits you brought to the business and achievement of goals. A huge resume trend for the late twenty-teens is the push for more skills based resumes over the job based ones and the side gig economies feed perfectly into this.
- The side gig economy can give you the experience that job posts say they want for a position. One of the challenges that many job seekers face is that the job post will state a need for a certain amount of experience, but in order to get the experience, you need to work in the field, and you can’t work in the field without the experience… The gig economy, if used properly, can bridge that gap. By putting yourself out as a consultant for example, you are more likely to get short term positions that can be cobbled together to get the experience needed for the full time positions. Just make sure that the gigs you take are ones that will actually build towards your dream position and don’t allow yourself to be deviated too far.
- In order to put side hustles or gigs on your resume, you have to treat them like the jobs they are. This means doing things like putting down the name of the company (even if it’s just you), your role (Founder? CEO anyone?), main points about what you did and the skills you pulled from that gig. Remember, many side gigs can likely be lumped under one company name to give you a sleeker resume rather than listing every gig you did individually. You also want to have enough details to entice the reader to bring you in, but leave room for conversations.
The main thing to do is to make sure you jump that mental hurdle which tells you that a side gig is not a real job! Any work you do can be seen as experience and can be marketed as such; you just have to make sure to do it properly. Take everything you’ve done in your gigs, polish them up and brand them properly and see how interested employers suddenly are in what you can do for them!