Workplace Experts Ask: Are You Fit for Freelance?

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24 Seven creative talent recruiters offer free online assessment for workers considering the move from full-time to contract positions

'Confessions of a Recruiter' - available online at http://www.24seventalent.com

Many people realize they need more than a resume update. With technology moving so quickly, people who keep working are the ones who are adapting with the same momentum.

With thousands of workers getting the pink slip over recent months and an uncertain economic outlook, recruiting agencies have seen a surge in applications from candidates considering freelance positions as alternatives to full-time employment. While switching from full-time to freelance or temp-to-perm works an appealing option for many, recruiters at 24 Seven, a leading global recruiting agency in the fashion, retail, marketing, advertising, creative services and entertainment industries, say applicants should take a personal inventory before making the move.

To assist candidates evaluate their capacity for freelance employment and navigate through the job hunt, 24 Seven has launched a free online resource, called 'Confessions of a Recruiter,' offering insider tips on personal characteristics that match the freelance lifestyle and what it takes to land a job. The step-by-step job hunt guide is available to view online at http://www.24SevenTalent.com/confessions.

For many, freelance work is a great alternative to full-time employment during tough economic times, allowing workers to collect a paycheck, keep skills fresh and network with others in their field. According to Lauren Bostwick, Vice President at 24 Seven's Orange County office and contributor to 'Confessions of a Recruiter,' if freelance fits a candidate's work style and skills, projects are available. But, she says, competition is fierce.

"Clients are really particular these days because they're hiring in an environment flooded with highly qualified applicants," says Bostwick. "Many people realize they need more than a resume update. With technology moving so quickly, people who keep working are the ones who are adapting with the same momentum."

'Confessions of a Recruiter' helps candidates review skills, personal and creative flexibility, work style and financial issues when considering a leap from full-time to the freelance world. The online resource also guides readers through the process of interviewing and landing a freelance position in today's competitive marketplace.

In addition to the online guide, 24 Seven Talent offers career enhancement services such as specialized training, educational seminars, industry news and events and discounts for career and personal services. "Even experienced candidates need to grease the wheels a little to get back on their game, and freelance is a great way to get there," says Bostwick. For a listing of candidate services and events, visit http://www.24SevenTalent.com/events.

About 24 Seven
24 Seven provides leading companies with creative talent with expertise in all areas of the consumer experience and every phase of the product life cycle. With locations in New York, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Seattle and London, the company is a global clearinghouse for recruitment and workforce strategy among the most successful hiring managers in fashion, retail, marketing, advertising, creative services and entertainment industries. A certified Women's Business Enterprise, 24 Seven is the recipient of the prestigious Ernst & Young 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Business Services category in the Metropolitan New York area. For more information about 24 Seven, visit http://www.24seveninc.com.

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