Skilled Trades That Allow You to Travel


by Monica Gomez ~

You might think that finding a job that allows you the freedom to travel requires a four-year degree, or even a more advanced education. However, there is good news for those who are interested in working in a hands-on environment. Skilled-trades workers have a number of opportunities to travel for their job. And these jobs often do not require a degree.

Here are just some of the blue-collar jobs that allow you to travel for work.

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Working from Home


by Rachel Vilsack

News stories this week and last show some companies stepping back from their telecommuting policies, which allowed workers some flexibility on where they work. Telecommuting is often viewed as beneficial to the employer, employee, and even community (think less traffic congestion), and while the number of telecommuters in Minnesota may be small, their prevalence has increased.

 

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Temporary Employment Solutions – Part I


by Cameron Macht

Many employers have responded cautiously to the economic recovery by hiring temporary workers through employment services. These temporary staffing companies can be a quick and flexible solution for a company’s short-term needs, taking care of such time-consuming tasks as posting job announcements, screening applicants, interviewing candidates and placing workers. They may be a good opportunity for job seekers, too.

 

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Wading into Telecommuting: What You Need to Know


by Lisa Thompson

With today's technology, telecommuting—or "telework" as it's sometimes called—is easier than ever. According to U.S. Telecommuting Forecast 2009 to 2016 (.pdf), more than 34.5 million adult U.S. workers telecommuted in 2008. By 2016, the forecast estimates this number will increase to 63 million. But working from home isn't right for everyone or suitable for every job.

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Is Self-Employment Right for You?


by Karen Kodzik

Many of us at one point in our lives—whether we are tired of a long job search or tired of a job that is no longer rewarding—contemplate if self-employment is right for us.

 

People have to realize that being self-employed isn’t just about being good at something, being a savvy business person or having enough money to invest, it is a career decision based on various factors people should evaluate.

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The Pros & Cons of Working Temporary


by Kathy Kirchoff

The face of temporary work is changing. More companies are hiring temporary workers to fill their needs in an unstable economy instead of investing in full-time employees. And more highly-skilled people unable to find a permanent job are venturing into temporary work.

 

Temporary work can be very beneficial. I worked as a temporary worker for several years. It was a lifeline to me during a transitional time in my life, a chance to upgrade my skills, and an opportunity to find a permanent work situation. 

 

There are pros and cons to this type of work that you should consider before deciding whether it’s a good fit for you:

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The Pros & Cons of Working Temporary


by Kathy Kirchoff

The face of temporary work is changing. More companies are hiring temporary workers to fill their needs in an unstable economy instead of investing in full-time employees. And more highly-skilled people unable to find a permanent job are venturing into temporary work.

 

Temporary work can be very beneficial. I worked as a temporary worker for several years. It was a lifeline to me during a transitional time in my life, a chance to upgrade my skills, and an opportunity to find a permanent work situation. 

 

There are pros and cons to this type of work that you should consider before deciding whether it’s a good fit for you:

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How to have a career that lets you work from home


by Teri Fritsma

Working from home (also called telecommuting) can give you more flexibility, greater control over your work schedule, less time commuting and a smaller carbon footprint.  Approximately 21% of people work at least some of their hours from home on a typical work day, according to the  American Time Use Survey (ATUS).  Here are some other findings from the ATUS that can help you figure out how to position yourself for a career that lets you work from home.

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