Meet Simon Schneider, a former IBMer who turned startup CEO. In order to pay the bills for his family of four, he is also freelancing as web-consultant around the world. He has a profile on UpWork, GLG, Maven and Freelancer.com where he is trying to monetize his expertise.
But he has a problem.
He does not get enough gigs. He desperately wants to stand out from the rest and to better show off his skills on these gig platforms.
Simon is active on a bunch of online networks, where he contributes with knowledge and expertise to show off his skills.
- He gets rated for his gigs on GLG, Maven and Upwork
- He writes Quora answers
- He publishes blogs on Medium
- He publishes articles on VentureBeat and HBR
- He contributes with advice on corporate networks of Telefonica and his almamater, the London Business School
- He takes online courses on Coursera and EdX
- He participates in online competitions
- He answers questions and shares the knowledge on IMExchange & GlobalPets
However, even though he is super active and tries to prove his expertise, all his professional content and reputation is scattered around the web. He wonders how he can show his skills in a consolidated way on the networks where he can reach potential clients. There seems to be no way to do that.
And that sucks.
In a world where already 34% of the US workforce is on temporary contracts, trusted skills are key to get projects and paid gigs. On the one hand, the world has become flat and we do not hesitate to hire an expert in New Zealand for a short term project if he/she is the right fit. But on the other hand, employers are now spoilt for choice and need to quickly assess if that person has the right set of skills for that project. This puts a lot of pressure on the gig worker.
While many people paint this new gig economy in rosy colours in terms of freedom and independence, it also comes with a lot of anxiety and insecurity. This new generation of knowledge workers has been probably the most educated generation ever. But they also have the hardest odds of ever having a typical career of long term employment like our parent’s generation. That is because machines are taking over more and more jobs from educated people and companies are getting smarter in parcelling out projects to freelancers.
I predict a world where there are less jobs, while more and more people will be super qualified. That is an insecure and a frightening world where a father or a mother has to worry about his next short term assignment in order to afford rent and school next month.
And this world needs a new kind of CV, a place where all my small contributions of expertise and knowledge should count, a place where I can show my skills consolidated from the entire web in order to land that next big gig.
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