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While jobs may seem scarce, freelance opportunities are ample in some industries (take IT, for example).

But before you start accepting freelance jobs, there’s an important question to ask: how many months away are you from going under financially?

If you can hold off a little while, I would recommend making finding a job your full-time job and not letting freelance get in the way of the time and effort you need to devote to it.

However, as a Career Coach, how I advise my clients really depends on their circumstance and their answer to the above question.

For example, I just talked with a client who has now been out of work for a little over two years (I wish I could have worked with him much earlier in his campaign!) It’s a fact that the longer you are out of work, the harder it is to land your next career opportunity. So, knowing my client’s situation, freelancing made sense so that he could have experience to fill in the hole on his resume, showing prospective employers that he has been consulting/working while job searching. Not to mention he could help sustain himself financially! It’s not perfect, but at least it doesn’t suggest that he’s been staying at home eating bonbons and watching soap operas all day long!

Have any of you ever freelanced while job searching? What was your experience? What would you recommend to others who are thinking of freelancing?

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