Online selling, personal taxi services such as Uber, and renting a spare room to tourists, are examples of an increasing number of people generating or supplementing their incomes by trading goods and services online. This trend is often replacing traditional employment.
Measurement of the “gig economy” (working outside a formal work environment with temporary, short-term employment by independent workers) is difficult. Many situations are not reported in current labor statistics. In recent years, the fastest growth for self-employed workers has been in hairdressing, cleaning, and management consulting. While these services may be in the gig economy, this trend may also indicate growing formal self-employment in these fields.
Gig economy activities may start as temporary work due to a lay-off or a need to supplement household income. However, as time goes by, these self-employment positions can become a person’s ongoing employment status.
For additional information on the gig economy, click here.
- Have students describe examples of the “gig economy.”
- Have students explain the “gig economy” to others (including different generations) and get their reactions.
- What factors influenced the development of the gig economy?
- How might the gig economy affect a person’s financial planning activities?
Trick questions are designed to help hiring managers get to the real person who is being considered for employment. Using well-chosen questions, the interviewer can obtain a true profile of the person being interviewed. These questions are also designed to obtain information that the candidate may be trying to conceal. Some common interview questions that might seem tricky but are used for attempting to gather valid information include:
- How would you describe yourself in one word?
- What do you want to work here?
- How do you define success?
- What’s a difficult situation that you encountered? What actions do you take?
- How does this position compare to others you are applying for?
- Why do you want to work here?
- What accomplishment are you most proud of?
- What kind of boss and coworkers have you had the most and least success with, and why?
- Have you ever considered being an entrepreneur?
- If you could work for any company, where would you work?
- What would you do if you won $5 million tomorrow?
- Have you ever been asked to compromise your integrity by your supervisor or colleague?
- Can you give us a reason someone may not like working with you?
When encountering these questions, career experts recommend answers that are honest, concise, and focused on your skills, competencies, and achievements.
For additional information on tricky interview questions, click here.
- Have students ask another person interview them using some of these questions.
- Have students obtain sample interview questions and effective interviewing techniques using online research.
- What are common mistakes when answering interview questions?
- How might a person improve their interviewing skills?
“There are endless telltale signs of nervousness at work or in a job interview. . . “
This Business Insider article describes typical signs of nervousness that applicants experience during a job interview which include sweating, rapid blinking of the eyes, stammering, and many other symptoms. Hope Restle, the author of this article, provides 4 recommendations to help you remain calm during the job interview. Each recommendation is accompanied by more information about how the recommendation can help and real-world examples of how it can reduce stress and nervousness. Specifically,
- Recall a memory that inspires positive emotions.
- Create a secret gesture that corresponds with a positive experience you’ve had in your life.
- Silently repeat a mantra or saying to help you relax.
- Be interested in what the other person says.
At the end of this article, there is also a link to a video that describes questions that you should never ask during a job interview.
For more information, click here.
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- Help students prepare for a job interview.
- Point out that the 4 recommendations can also be used to reduce stress in other situations where someone gets nervous.
- Assume that you are applying for a new job that you really want. What can you do to remain calm and reduce that “nervous feeling” during a job interview?
- In today’s complex world, it is not uncommon for people to become nervous during a typical day. What can you do to reduce stress in your daily activities?
Resumes continue to evolve. To have a modern-looking resume, consider these suggestions:
- Use keywords from the job description that will allow the applicant tracking systems (ATS) to select your resume.
- Adapt your resume to each position for which you apply. Use organization-specific keywords to help you get an interview.
- Eliminate your photos and references from your resume.
- Include social media links for the recruiter to obtain additional information on your background and activities.
- Make use of callout boxes, in addition to bullet points and line breaks, to highlight key experiences, qualifications, and accomplishments.
For additional information on updating your resume, click here.
- Have students talk to others to obtain suggestions for updating a resume.
- Have students create a resume based on these suggestions.
- What are common mistakes people make on resumes?
- How might a person improve the effectiveness of their resume?
What separates successful people from others? While favorable timing, personal connections, wealth or other advantages can lead to success, a person must also possess various success-oriented attitudes, behaviors, and skills. Some of the actions that can lead to academic, career, and personal success include:
- Display poise and confidence in your ability.
- Assess existing skills and knowledge.
- Set personal and career goals that align with your abilities.
- Develop a habit on ongoing learning.
- Take risks that allow you the opportunity to achieve at a higher level.
- Persevere in your work efforts
- Be prepared to face and go beyond obstacles.
- Rejection and criticism can lead to future success.
- Develop effective interpersonal skills. Your ability to interact, gain support of others, and develop trust is critical.
For additional information about a success path, click here.
- Have students ask people to describe their definition of “success.”
- Have students obtain suggested actions for personal and career success using online research.
- What are common mistakes people make in their personal financial planning and career planning activities?
- What actions do you plan to take to improve your personal and career success?