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Top 10 Job Boards In Canada

On the Jobboardfinder blog this week we give you a quick breakdown of the top ten job boards for recruiters and job seekers in the Great White North (Canada). For international Job Seekers and Canadians alike, it’s a good time to work in Canada. Thanks to a strong economy and low unemployment, wages in the country have risen by 24% since 2007. However, with such a big country, how should one know where to begin their search? Forget the rest, we’ve done the hard work and picked the best!

For Recruiters, Canada’s geographic scale makes things even more complicated. Because Canada has a widely dispersed workforce spread out over various industries from region to region, a job board that works very well in the East might not work as well three time zones away in Vancouver. While there are some national generalist job boards that are excellent for reaching the masses, to find the top talent in specific markets and industries recruiters are going to have to look to specialist and regionalist job boards as well. This is compounded by the fact that Canada is at its lowest unemployment rate since 1976 meaning that competition for talent is fierce while job seekers have more options and greater bargaining power. See our list bellow to take the guess work out of recruitment advertising in Canada.

Best National Job Boards

1.Indeed

For both recruiters looking for Canadian talent and job seekers looking in Canada, Indeed.ca is the place to start. Boasting over 6.4 million visitors monthly and posting 10 thousand jobs per day, Indeed.ca has by far the most monthly visitors and job announcements giving job seekers and recruiters more choice than anywhere else.  Indeed.ca is different from other job boards in that they use a pay-per-performance model which gives recruiters greater control over their spending and results. Recruiters can post for free or they can pay to sponsor their ad so that it appears highlighted and in the top section of search results. The recruiter then only pays when their advert is clicked.  Because Indeed posts such a high volume of ads per day, ads that are not sponsored will quickly lose visibility as they fall further and further down the list of search results. For this reason, Job Board Finder recommends a

minimum pay per click budget of $10 per day you expect to keep the ad online. Recruiters can post ads and set their budget online with ease. Recruiters can alsopay for access to Indeed’s CV database.

Job seekers not only benefit from the quantity of job offers and choices but from an array of search options to help them quickly and easily find the positions that correspond to their career goals. Seekers can also sign up for a free notification service that sends candidates matching job offers as they are posted. Finally, like GlassDoor, Indeed has introduced a section for employees to leave employer reviews.

Languages: French and English

Paid: Free or set your own per-per-click budget to sponsor your advert

CV Database: Yes

2.Workpolis

Workopolis is one of the leading job boards in Canada. Last April, the Japanese Recruit Holdings Group (owners of the number #1 job board in the world, Indeed) acquired the platform. Hysayuki Idekoba, the CEO of Indeed, said: “Workopolis is a trusted brand and leading Canadian job site for both job seekers and employers”. The deal was closed at the end of last month and the aim is to expand outside the US and to provide a better experience for job seekers in Canada.

For now, the website offers more functionality for seekers than recruiters. The CV Database has been removed, as has the job posting function and they plan to make more operational changes in the platform. With this new partnership, jobs posted on indeed will automatically appear on Workopolis.

Workopolis was launched in 2000 and is a benchmark job board for recruiters and job seekers in Canada. It has more than 2,8 million visits every month and offers access to more than 300,000 job ads including ads from other websites. Recruiters will be happy to know that the Canadian site received 6.4 million views in April.

Job seekers can filter their search using the usual filters of province, job type and job source (direct employer/recruitment agency). Recent job searches are automatically saved and users can easily access them again. The blog section is great and is filled with podcasts, videos and many articles (both in French and English). Application process: Many options. Through the employer’s careers site, via social media (Linkedin) and email

Languages: French and English

Price: Free with pay-per-performance via indeed

CV Database: no

3.Job Bank

Job Bank is the Canadian Government’s job site. Users can look for government funded jobs, apprenticeships, federal government jobs, training courses and other job opportunities in a wide range of fields in both the private and public sectors. The filter “Employment Groups” helps specific groups such as seniors, students, disabled people, indigenous peoples and visible minorities find the most suitable offers.

The website has 3 million monthly visits and thousands of verified job offers.  It is very user-friendly and is filled with valuable content. Because it’s the government’s official website, there is plenty of information on salaries, immigration policies, skills, life in Canada, taxes and regulations, employment insurance, grants.

Recruiters can easily post adverts and have them distributed on other websites. Job Bank helps businesses by offering highly-beneficial data on market trends, tips for hiring and training, statistics, etc. However, employers need a Canada revenue agency number to post. Application process: candidates send their CVs directly to the employer by email

Languages: French and English

Paid: Free

CV Database: No

4.Monster Canada

Monster.ca is one of the leading generalist career websites in not only Canada but internationally. “From the web, to mobile, to social, Monster helps companies find people with customised solutions using the world’s most advanced technology to match

the right person to the right job”. With over 2 million unique monthly visitors and thousands of job offers, Monster.ca is one of the largest generalist job boards serving all of Canada. In addition, standard adverts posted on monster are distributed to up to 1000 partner job boards giving recruiters access to a variety of talent in every Canadian market. Monster.ca also attracts one of the largest international audiences with up to 44% of monthly visitors coming from outside of Canada.

Monster provides posters with 5 recommended CV’s included in the price of a standard adverts as well as email distribution via newsletters. Ad space is purchased quickly and easily online and ads are posted within minutes of filling out the form.

For job seekers, the website is well designed and easy to use with a simple but effective advanced search tool. Seekers also benefit from automatic notifications of relevant career opportunities with leading companies.

Languages: English and French

Paid: Yes, starting at $605 CAD for 1 30-day job post with discounts based on volume.

CV Database: Yes

5.Glassdoor Canada

Glassdoor is a job board that became famous internationally by allowing employees andprevious employees to rate employees and provide information about their experience with the company. It is a site that gets a lot of traffic from both recruiters and seekers alike. According to similar web Glassdoor.ca gets 4.4 million monthly views meaning that recruiters’ ads are likely to get a lot of exposure. On the other side of the coin, seekers looking for jobs can browse through over 30,000 positions in Toronto alone. And thanks to GlassDoor’s company reviews, candidates can avoid wasting time applying to and interviewing with companies they would rather not work for.

Recruiters can benefit from a free 7-day trial, after which posting a job costs significantly less than the competition with a single job slot starting at $199. Another great feature for job posters is the ability to change the job advert as they please. Thanks to great features like these Glassdoor claim to cost on average 30 percent less than traditional job boards.

Languages: French and English

Paid: Yes, starting at $199 CAD

CV Database: No

6.CareerBuilder.ca

The only reason Careerbuilder.ca comes in last on our list is due to low traffic at just over 300 thousand visitors per month. This is proportional to therelatively low number of job adverts at just under 8000 for the month of May 2018. Perhaps it is simply in the process of gaining recognition in an already saturated market for job boards. CareerBuilder is an international company with 20 years of experience. Their websites are well laid out and very intuitive to use for both recruiters and job seekers. Recruiters can bene

fit from a variety of services from quick and easy online job posting, a resume data base, applicant tracking systems, job distribution technology and even background checking and employee screening.

For job seekers, simply type in a key word and a city and use the criteria on the side bar to further define you search as needed. Once you’ve found your dream job simply enter you name and email and upload your resume and cover letter.

For recruiters looking to relocate Canadians and for Canadians looking abroad Careerbuilder.ca offers a section for international jobs.

Languages: English and French

Paid: Yes, starting at $489 CAD with discounts up to 28% for 5 job spots

CV Database: Yes, starting at $500 per month

Best Regional and Specialist Job Boards

Bellow we have included one job board for each of Canada’s three principal population centres and job markets: #1 Toronto, Ontario #2 Montreal, Quebec #3 Vancouver, British Columbia.

7.Jobboom.com

If you need to hire in Quebec, Jobboom is the place to post your ads with over over 550,000 monthly visits. Job seekershave slightly less choice however as Jobboom had only just over 8000 job adverts as of May 2018. Technically Jobboom advertises jobs across Canada, however about 90% of their traffic and job adverts come from Quebec. The site is easy to use and their team offers quick and in-depth advice on their products. For recruiters, Jobboom is a little more expensive compared to some of the national generalists however you get good value for 

your money. One 30-day job slot costs $1000 CAD and gives you 7 days of banner ads on the main page, CV search, plus automatic email notifications to matching candidates. However, adverts are based on the city whereas other generalists will show your ad in searches all over the province. Apply is easy, you don’t even need an account. Simply click apply and upload your resume. The website is available in English and French but most adverts are in French.

Languages: English and French

Paid: Starting at $1000 CAD for a 30 day advert

CV database: Yes

8.TorontoJobs.ca

For hiring in and around Canada’s largest job market, Torontojobs.ca is an affordable job board place to start. However, it might be better for job seekers than recruiters. Toronto jobs has almost 100,000 job ads but only about 5000 visitors per month meaning that seekers have lots of choice and little competition but recruiters might not be reaching the cream of the crop. Languages: English only

Paid: Yes, prices start at $99 CAD for 1 posting, $249 CAD for 3, and $395 CAD for 5

CV database: No

9.WorkBC.ca

For companies with a Canada Revenue Agency number, this government job board is free and attracts a significant amount of traffic with over 300,000 thousand unique visitors monthly. For job seekers, the website has over 17000 job ads across a variety of industries with most job offers coming from the public sector. For international companies looking to recruit talent from BC but who do not have a Canada Revenue Agency number, Jobsbc.ca is the next best option. As a government website, workbc.ca provides a wealth of information on labour laws, education resources, and market information and statistics. To appl

y simply email companies directly.

Languages: A variety thanks to a google translate tool

CV database: No

Paid: Free

10.Jobs.ca

The name of the website might not sound very niche but Jobs.ca is the homepage for a network of niche job boards for everything from human resources jobs, to aeronautical, to pharmaceutical jobs. This is by far the best website for recruiters to start posting if they are looking for a niche job board to target specific talent. Their customer service is highly reactive, posting adverts is easy to do online and affordable. Before posting, recruiters are presented with information such as the job boards target audience, their monthly visitors, and the demographic breakdown as well the percentage of visitors from tablet, mobile, and desktop. Another great benefit is that adverts are posted internationally rather than by city or province liked most job boards. Job seekers will save valuable time thanks to search features such as a complete list of companies, and a breakdown of postings by job title.

Languages: English and French

CV database: No

Paid: Yes, $325 CAD per advert

We hope you have found this article “Top 10 Job Boards in Canada for Recruiters and Job Seekers” useful! Please let us know if you’d like us to cover any specific topics in the Jobboard Finder blog  


How to look for industry experience 

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Is your CV looking a little bare? If you’re fresh out of education, it’s likely that you won’t have much experience, which is completely understandable. However, if you know which industry you’re looking to join now is the time to gain relevant experience to boost your CV and your chances of securing a great job.

Not sure where to start? Don’t panic. Read on for our advice on how to look for industry experience.

Tap into your network

Firstly, consider tapping into your own network. Remember what they say: it’s not always what you know, but who you know. Perhaps your mum’s friend is well established in the industry, or your cousin’s boyfriend works at a cool company you’d like to gain experience in. Asking around might make you feel uncomfortable, but you never know what results it may yield.

Start by mentioning to your closest contacts that you’re looking to gain relevant experience. You could even shout about this on your social media profiles. After all, organisations are busier than ever before and would welcome a helping hand for a day, a week or a month.

Boost your social media profiles

If you do choose to take the above approach, you’ll need to boost your social media profiles. Focus on sharing relevant content in your industry and read up on the latest developments to ensure that you’re well informed. Follow certain hashtags as you never know what conversations this could open up. Doing so will paint you in a positive and professional light.

Contact employers

If you come across an employer that you’d like to learn from, you can certainly get in contact with them to see if they have any work experience opportunities for you. Ensure that you phrase your communication in the right way. You should start by saying how much you admire their company and explain a little bit about yourself: your educational background, passions and skills.

You should then state that you’re looking to build upon this by gaining valuable work experience in a company such as their own. Start by suggesting a day or two so it doesn’t seem too overwhelming for them. Ensure that you tailor this email and make it personal for each one you send, and be sure to address them with the right name.

Do something extra

Another factor that can make you stand out is to do something extra, which relates to the field that you’re hoping to get into. For example, if you were looking to get into marketing, PR or copywriting, you may choose to start your own blog, publishing relevant, informative articles. Alternatively, if you wanted to become a teacher, you might volunteer at a local youth club or coach a children’s sports team.

Whichever approach you take, going that little bit further will help to make your CV stand out and boost your chances of landing a work experience placement.

Final thoughts

Over all, gaining relevant experience is extremely important if you want to stand out from the crowd in your job hunt. Follow our advice and you’ll be able to find yourself industry experience in no time.

CV-Library is the UK’s leading independent job board and advertises teaching jobs across the UK. For more expert advice on careers and the workplace, visit their Career Advice and Recruitment Insight pages.


Seven easy steps to prepare for your Skype interview

It is not surprising Skype interviews are becoming more and more mainstream as they represent a number of advantages both for candidates and recruiters. Potential candidates do not need to travel or pay for any tickets and they can literally be interviewed from a desk in their home. On the other hand, Skype represents a cost-effective solution for recruitment campaigns. Employers save time and money and can even record interviews for other co-workers to watch. In addition, documents and files can be exchanged in real time. Here are seven easy steps to prepare for your Skype interview

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How to optimise your CV for job boards

Today we’re bringing you a guest post in collaboration with Laura at CV-Library all about how to tweak your CV to enjoy the best possible results on job boards. We wrote an article for their blog all about Jobboard Finder and how to use it for your next job hunt or recruitment campaign that will go up on their Career Advice page here. So without further ado, here’s Laura’s post.  

Job boards are an incredibly useful tool if you’re looking for a job.

Firstly, you can search through thousands of the latest vacancies and apply for jobs that pique your interest via the site. Secondly, you have the opportunity to be headhunted by top recruiters and employers once you’ve uploaded your CV.

Now that’s smart searching.

To make sure you’re getting the most out of job boards, here’s how to optimise your CV and find job search success.

Follow these CV optimisation tips and you'll be on the road to success

Follow these CV optimisation tips and you’ll be on the road to success

Include relevant keywords

Keywords are an extremely important component of your CV – and if you think you’re unfamiliar with keywords, you actually use them every day.

Remember the last time you searched something on Google? The words you used in your search were keywords.

Recruiters also use keywords when searching job boards’ CV databases to identify the most relevant candidates for their vacancies.

For example, if a recruiter is looking for someone to fill a digital marketing manager role, they might use the keywords “digital marketing”, “marketing manager” and “digital marketing executive”. They are also likely to search via requirements listed in the job description, such as “marketing experience”, “email marketing”, “excellent communication” or “PPC”.

Therefore, to make sure that your CV crops up in recruiters’ searches, you must inject keywords related to your ideal role and industry. Simply use relevant job descriptions for inspiration.

Prove your skills and experience

Now that you’ve peppered your CV with keywords and caught the recruiter’s attention, it’s time to make your abilities zing.

To make sure that you stand above other applicants with similar experience, you must quantify your abilities with facts and figures.

Some measurements of growth and success may include revenue you’ve generated, percentages of targets you’ve achieved or the number of people you’ve managed. Just remember to keep your tangible results targeted to your ideal role, industry or company to help you become an irresistible candidate.

Cut the fluff

Once your CV is optimised with relevant information, it’s time to start cutting the unnecessary. This is to stop irrelevant details clouding your more impressive abilities and to create space for other important talking points.

Firstly, if you have included details such as your marital status, age or date of birth, you can cut this immediately as they do not affect your ability to do the job, and to be asked about these details is illegal or discouraged under the UK Equality Act.

You can also tweak your address to the format “Town, County” as details of your location will already be on your account with the job board.

Also take a look at the skills and knowledge you’ve included in your CV. If parts are not mentioned in the job adverts you’re responding to, then you can afford to cut down those sections slightly.

Remember to keep your CV focused and relevant

Remember to keep your CV focused and relevant

On-point CV formatting

Your CV’s formatting needs to be slick and professional to ensure recruiters can identify the information they’re looking for as efficiently as possible.

Ensure your CV is broken down into clear sections, introduced by bold headings. You also want to choose an easy-to-read font, such as Arial or Calibri, and ensure the formatting is consistent throughout.

Your CV should neatly on fit two A4 pages, perhaps three if you’re a seasoned professional. If it’s just shy or spilling over, try adjusting the font sizes and page margins. A comfortable fit will make your CV look complete.

Most job boards, like CV-Library, are compatible with creative CVs. However, if you’re ever in doubt about whether your CV will look the part, a traditional format saved as a .pdf file is your safest bet.

Use a clear structure and easy-to-read font like Calibri or Arial

Use a clear structure and easy-to-read font like Calibri or Arial

Up-to-date contact information

This point almost sounds too obvious. However, there is a staggering amount of job hunters that fail to give up-to-date contact information or include details with typos and errors.

If you’re actively job hunting, make sure that you double check your contact details before you click submit, or it could cost you your dream opportunity.

 

Laura Slingo is Digital Copywriter for the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library. For more expert advice on job searches, careers and the workplace, visit their Career Advice pages.

For their profile on Jobboard Finder, click here.


How to ace an interview in five steps

Interviews are a BIG deal. With job competition at an all-time high, it is vital to make sure you stand out from the crowd in interview. Here’s how to do it.

Despite phone and video interviews rising in popularity, a face-to-face interview is still the preferred choice by many recruiters. Not only does it give them the chance to meet and interact with you properly, it also feels more personal and authentic than a session on Skype or Google Hangout. Most companies will also interview in their own offices which could you a valuable insight into your potential future workplace. So, without further ado, here are your five steps to success in face-to-face job interviews.

1. Preparation

I cannot stress this enough: preparation is absolutely the key to a successful interview. So much so in fact that if you walk into an interview unprepared, you might as well not have gone at all. You’ll feel silly and you’ll waste yours and the recruiter’s time.

Trawl through the company’s website

  • Check out the company’s news and recent exciting innovations. It will give you a good starting point to talk about if asked ‘Why are you interested in this company?’, but also save you from looking a fool when asked your opinion on some new development of theirs you’ve never even heard about
  • Find out what their values are. In the interview, use their buzzwords to reflect that your values are a fit with those of the company; this is so important to them. Also, at the end of the day you’re educating yourself on what life is like in this company and whether you’d actually like to work for them!
  • You could even look up the boss’s LinkedIn page to gain an in-depth grasp of who they are and what they stand for

Read and re-read the job description and make sure you fully understand it

  • Not only should you be well-versed on the company itself, but also on your specific role in it. Make sure you fully understand what will be expected of you!
  • When asked to describe yourself, use the key skills that they mentioned in the job description. Be subtle about it though—don’t just recite their advert back to them or you will come across as ingenuine.

2. Turn up on time

You’d think this goes without saying if you are looking to make a good impression but feedback says 30% of employers biggest pet peeve is a candidate turning up late, meaning it must happen relatively often. Don’t be this guy!

Specific tips:

  • Don’t be too late or too early. For most places, arriving around 10 minutes before your interview is perfect timing. Any earlier than that and you’ll be in the way while they’re setting up for you. Any later and you’ll be frazzled and unfocused.
  • Practice the route beforehand especially if it’s an area of town you’re not too familiar with
  • On the day, allow lots of time for any unexpected delays. If you end up arriving super early though this is not necessarily a bad thing—you could go and sit in a café and gather your thoughts
  • And if you are still running late on the day—CALL and let the interviewer know in advance of time. Most interviewers will be forgiving if you call half an hour beforehand and say you’re caught in terrible traffic; after all, this is out of your control. In a worst-case scenario, you could ask if it’s possible to reschedule for another day.

3. Make a good first impression

This one is fairly self-explanatory, but body language is so important. Regardless of how perfect your answers to their questions may be, if you are slouching in your chair, nervously fiddling with your hands or compulsively yawning, no recruiter is going to be impressed.

Specific tips:

  • Dress suitably for the occasion. Always opt for smarter rather than casual!
  • Give a firm hand shake, make sufficient eye contact and smile a lot
  • Try and not fiddle anxiously. Of course, this is easier said than done and naturally you are nervous. But by keeping your fidgeting under wraps, you will physically appear more confident and competent, and this will have an impact on your mental calm too
  • Avoid distraction by turning off your phone before you even enter the building. This tells the interviewer that they are the priority. It’s just a basic sign of respect, plus it can be incredibly distracting to both you and the interviewer if it goes off

4. Ask questions

It is really off-putting for interviewers to ask a candidate if they have any questions and get a blank face and a “…No, not really” in reply. This in itself is the final test! Up to 30% of employers have reported that asking no questions is their biggest interview no-no. To a recruiter, no questions means no interest, which of course is not what they want. Ask questions that reflect why you’re drawn to the company.

Some great question ideas could be:

To indicate you’re interested in career progression:

  • What could I do to impress you in the first 3 months?
  • In the best of all possible worlds, what would you like me to accomplish in three months? In a year? In five years?
  • What makes someone successful in this organization?

Checking if you’re a good fit for the company:

  • What would the perfect employee for this job look like for you?
  • What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
  • Will I be mentored or be a mentor?

Taking an interest in the interviewer themselves:

  • How long have you worked here, and what do you like most about this organization?
  • Where would you like this company to be in five years’ time?

Generally useful questions:

  • How would you describe a typical day and week in this position?
  • What is the dress code?

Questions about the post-interview process:

  • What is the next step in this process?
  • When can I expect to hear from you?

Another good tip is to make notes throughout the interview and ask questions about specific things that were mentioned, as this shows you were attentive and are taking a real interest in the discussion you had. Whatever you ask, make sure it’s not something you should know the answer to already!

5. Follow up well

  • A thank you goes such a long way, especially for an interviewer who has spoken to dozens of candidates, and this could help you stand out from the crowd. Plus, it’s just a generally pleasant thing to do for someone who has given up their time for you.
  • Ask for feedback. This might be the most important part of the whole process. I cannot stress enough how vital this is! Regardless of whether you eventually get the job or not, feedback is invaluable for your personal and career development.
  • It’s really a win-win situation: the positive feedback will be something you can retain for future job interviews and repeat. The negative (read: constructive) feedback will tell you the things you are doing wrong, more often than not things you hadn’t even realised yourself, that are putting employers off.

Whatever you do, stay calm, focused and confident and you should do just fine. Good luck!


Best online communities for freelancers

The number of freelancers and independent workers keeps on increasing, and this, all around the world. Even if there are more freelancers in the USA, European countries and their labor legislation had to adapt to this new form of employment, which often goes with freedom. Generally, freelancers have an independent main activity or as a complement of a paid employment. Freelance attracts because it is possible to work from home, and without a boss, and this is especially why the number of independent workers is still increasing, even with the latest issues that affect the activity, with Uber for example, a pioneer in freelance. In order to avoid problems and to get the most of freelance and its benefits, many online communities have been created, especially to help companies finding an independent worker, or for freelancers to find interesting projects. In this article, we will first learn more about the two best online communities that make things easier for freelancers. We will then see other types of communities that help freelancers starting their independent activity or to protect themselves against the risks of their activities.

How to find a freelancer

Freelancer.com

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Created in 2009, Freelancer.com is the world’s biggest site dedicated to freelance and crowdsourcing, thanks to its number of users and especially thanks to the huge number of projects for freelancers the team post per day. At the moment, there are more than 24,445,920 users, for almost 12,000,000 posted projects. Any independent worker is assured to find a very interesting project. It is a website only dedicated to independent work. It is one of the best to quickly find an activity. The access is made for both freelancers looking for a project and companies which have an urgent need in qualified workforce. It is very pleasant to navigate on the website, it is modern, and it makes you want to work, especially because the projects are clearly presented.

Indeed, the website shows which type of services companies can have, and above all, at what price. It is undeniably innovative, and it shows that the freelancers’ profiles are very qualitative. As specialists in job boards and online recruitment, we advise you to sign in on freelancer.com if you’re an independent worker looking for a mission in the IT sector, (website creation, software, mobile applications) or in design, data science, sales and marketing, writing or even in product sourcing and manufacturing. With more than 13 million of visits and almost as much users, this added to its worldwide presence, freelancer.com is made for companies that “need to hire”. They can be sure to find a freelancer, and to get good results, we can safely say it. And that’s the same for job seekers, who have a free and adapted access to the projects. Go check Freelancer.com!

UpWorklogo upwork

Main competitor of Freelancer.com, UpWork, created in 2015, is another website fully dedicated to independent workers. It works a bit like freelancer.com, but we can’t directly see on the homepage the projects. It is made more for companies and people in need of a freelancer, according to their needs in freelance work. The website is modern and very easy to use. It just seems to be oriented to companies, but with more than 43 million of single visitors last month, we are sure that job seekers will find a mission that will be suited to their needs.how upwork works

Everything is handled by the platform that is to say the publication of the project, the recruitment and hiring, the following of the work, and the payment. The website is available in the USA, in Canada, Australia and in the UK, the countries which have the most independent workers in the world (officially). Upwork is also very good for all types of users, but we advise it more for recruiters.

Co-working spaces

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Freelance is characterized by the fact that the workers may not have an office. It is true that some of them love working from home, and that it was their main reason to become an independent worker. However, others would prefer working in a place that makes them think about an office, but without having the boss! And in these types of work spaces, we can meet new people that won’t be our official colleagues and we can definitely help each other.wework locations

That’s why I would like to tell you more about WeWork, a website available almost worldwide which allows independent groups of workers to find co-working spaces very quickly. Their mission is to offer these workers “a working space which will transform their day-to-day life”. They welcome you in spaces ideally suited to develop new ideas. It can make things way easier for many workers. Go and check their website to learn more!

The American freelancers union

A very interesting McKinsey study found on Forbes explains that there are more than 52 million of freelancers in the leading country of independent workers, the United States (that is to say at least 1/3 of Americans). With the current crisis at Uber, one of the references in independent work, as well as the continuing increase in the number of freelancers in the USA, it was important for Freelancers Union to further increase its popularity, while it has been existing since 1995. freelancers unionIt is an online community of independent workers created to help each other. We can find very useful advice on social protection and insurance. The website is free for everybody and it is possible to donate. It gives a voice to freelancers. It is very useful and gives very interesting tips for all freelancers in the USA, and it helps them to avoid contract problems and all current issues with independent work.

We hope that this article will help independent workers. Note that you can also check other job boards specialists in freelance on Jobboardfinder.


Dealing with unhappiness at work

Happiness at work has become an unavoidable subject, especially because for many years, the boundary between private and professional life has been more and more blurred. Every morning, we want to have a good and pleasant reason to go to work, we don’t want to go there walking backwards, as we usually spend half of our day at the office. You just want to have a smile on your face when you go there. Unfortunately, for some people, it is not the case. We will try to understand why we can feel unhappy at work and also how to remedy to bad conditions and unhappiness at work.

unhappiness at work

Why are we unhappy at work ?

We when choose a career path, we aspire to be happy and to do something we like everyday. Even though we know that careers have ups and downs, we want to get up everyday and come to a place where we feel appreciated, involved and recognized by the manager. But what happens when it is not the case? There can be many reasons, and you feel them when you talk with other people, with your family and there can be different levels of unhappiness, from depression to other dramatic causes… Unhappiness at work makes us less productive, less healthy and there can be consequences out of the office. An article of INC gives a list of the main reasons of unhappiness at work:unhappiness at work

  • Pay (not enough for what you do compared to your colleagues)
  • Stability (you don’t know how long you can stay in this company, it is always uncertain)
  • Future (no room for career evolution)
  • Other people (everybody has colleagues they can’t stand, but sometimes it can be more than not getting along with someone)
  • Demands (too much pressure)
  • Flexibility
  • The work itself (you don’t like the sector, but you feel like it could be worse somewhere else, so you suffer in silence)

One thing is sure, you have to do something if you really can’t bear your work situation. In the second part of the article, we will see how you can deal with unhappiness at work.

How to tackle unhappiness at work ?

A very interesting article of Forbes shows a study of Harvard Business Review revealing that “happy people are 31% more productive, have 37% higher sales and are three times more creative than their peers”. It is true that companies have to work to make sure that you feel comfortable and at ease doing your job.unhappiness at work forbes

But sometimes we have to decide for ourselves, and realize when something is going wrong. You have to wonder if everyday you’re learning and developing, if people around you are as respectful as you are or if what you do has a purpose. If this is not the case, here is what you can do, according to a very interesting article that I found on The Future Organization:

  • Change the situation and make it better: tell someone about what you feel respectfully and give suggestions to improve the situation
  • Change department: if you don’t get along with your colleagues, ask to move somewhere else in the company
  • Resign: this is the last resort and sometimes the best solution. You will have to explain why you leave, and remain classy and respectful, because sometimes it is hard to move on.

unhappiness at workIf you take one of these decisions, make sure that it will change your situation for the better. Happiness at work is very important, and as we said before, it has become a huge matter of concern for companies and managers. And as they said in the article: “The good news is that the future of work provides a variety of career opportunities and ways to discuss workplace unhappiness“.