Thriving in the Post-Pandemic “Gig Economy”
COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into the world of work and the ways in which people do business. We have seen significant shifts in the labor market, the workforce, and the workplace. The year 2021 has given rise to the Great Resignation, the Shecession, a surge in retirements, and talent wars. We continue to work and live in a state of flux and transition. What will 2022 bring?
Whether by need or by choice, many job seekers are taking advantage of the "gig economy" to make a living from a variety of income sources or to achieve a level of flexibility that suits their career, lifestyle, and financial goals. Businesses have embraced the solutions that the freelancer economy presents, and job seekers are taking note. Take part in this vibrant discussion and learn about:
- Current state of the DC job market from an employer’s perspective
- Trends with respect to project, part-time, and freelance work
- Upside of the “gig economy”
- Downside of project or freelance work
- Strategies for positioning yourself for project, part-time or freelance work
If you are looking for your next gig or flexible, part-time work, FlexProfessionals may be able to help! FlexProfessionals is a niche staffing firm connecting companies in search of top talent with professionals seeking part-time and/or project-based work. Flex launched in 2010 with the mission of keeping more women from opting out of the workforce due to lack of workplace flexibility or accelerating their return by helping them find flexible work. Flex has helped more than 20,000 job seekers (women and men!) in the DC metro area. It sources part-time professionals in areas such as: Finance and Accounting, Human Resources and Recruiting, Administration and Office Management, Sales and Marketing, Public Relations, Legal, Business Development, Web Development, Design Applications, Engineering, Data Analysis, Research, Technical and Proposal Writing, Education and Training, and more. Visit FlexProfessionals’ Jobs page to view current opportunities and Submit Your Resume, at no cost or obligation.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Sheila Murphy is Co-Founder of FlexProfessionals, a firm that matches experienced professionals seeking meaningful, part-time employment with growing businesses in need of top talent. Featured on The Today Show, Sheila is a career re-entry expert, work flexibility advocate, and seasoned speaker/trainer on a variety of job search and career development topics.
Prior to owning her own company, Sheila worked in project management and consulting roles for 15+ years at Quadel Consulting Corporation and Mendez England & Associates, both boutique consulting firms serving the federal government. She worked with numerous local, state, and federal government clients, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She began her career as a volunteer social worker in Peru at the Center for the Working Child. She is a Member of the Business Women’s Giving Circle of the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia; Patroness of the National Charity League, Cherry Blossom Chapter; and Associate Member, Council for Women of Boston College. She has a BA in Political Science from Boston College.
The 40Plus Monday Morning Speaker Series is sponsored by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA). FCEDA's Talent Initiative Program provides great resources to connect our 40Plus members to hiring companies, agencies and non-profits across Northern Virginia through https://workinnorthernvirginia.com/.
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