Why Your Side Hustles are Invaluable to a Job Search

Job Search Hustle

I thought once I’d branched out on my own as an Entrepreneur that I’d never have a job again.  I was wrong, very wrong.  Over the years I’ve toggled between the two, owning a number of my own businesses and working in a number of jobs.  And everything I’ve done has added rich learning and valuable work experience.  So next time you’re doing the Job Search Hustle, remember that everyone counts, everything you’ve done has made you who and what you are today.

Let’s just take the most recent example from my own life as a Mompreneur.  I have no idea whether owning 3 blogs helped me get my latest job as a Business Development Consultant at The Kids Gym but I have certainly found I’ve used many of the skills I learned as a Mom Blogger in my new job.

For example, I helped the owners set up a website for their Non Profit, Physical Literacy for Children.  Okay, granted… there’s not much on the site yet but we’ve already received our first donation, so it’s a good start.

Can you use your side hustles to help you land or excel in your next job?  Read more in the contributed post below.

Why Your Side Hustles are Invaluable to a Job Search

If you’re a bit of a Mompreneur, there’s a good chance you’ve had a side hustle or two in the past. It was a great way to use your limited spare time to make some extra money, which you used to treat your family to more days out or to give your home more financial security.

But if you’re someone who’s looking to get back into the game of working a traditional job, or you need to have a regular 9 to 5 on your hands for monetary reasons, this is the post for you.

You see, your side hustles, and all the skills and experience they brought you, are going to be indispensable to your success with winning the interview game – so here’s a couple of the main reasons as to why that is!

Can you use your side hustles to help you land or excel in your next job? Yes, you can.  Here's how.  Read more at Inspiring Mompreneurs. #JobSearchHustle

This is your chance to show off just how talented you really are!

It Shows You Can Balance Multiple Responsibilities

If you’ve had a side hustle in the past, or you’ve had multiple hustles on the go, all making you a bit more money than before, you’re going to need to include the skills they taught you on your resume. And you can really show off here, as there’s plenty you can talk about from the various years of experience you had making money on your own terms as your own boss. Use sites like hloom.com/resumes if you’re not sure of where to start though.

But to make sure this point comes across accurately, you’re going to need to frame this kind of time management skills with words and phrases that keep your potential new boss on your side. After all, there’s a chance they may believe you won’t be fully dedicated to your new position, and this is your own chance to prove them wrong about that.

You Have the Ability to Pick and Choose

If you’ve had a side hustle, you’re uniquely situated, more than anyone else, to pick and choose the skills and experience to put on your resume. You can tell whatever stories you want to here, that highlight a bunch of different talents you’ve got under your belt, and you can elaborate as much or as little as you like.

And when you’ve got an ability like this on your side, you can make your resume more relative than anyone else on the market, and then go on to make sure you’ve orientated your entire CV structure to best fit the position you’re going for. Don’t worry, you’ve got a lot of wiggle room when you were your own boss, and therefore the only one who can report on yourself. Not to mention, you’ve got plenty of client testimonials to speak for themselves on your behalf!

Side hustles are always going to be good items to include on a resume, as long as you’re fitting them in in the right way. Use your keywords, be ready to confront any interviewer assumptions, and know your strengths intimately.

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What side hustles have helped you get jobs or keep them?

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