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How can I transition from freelancing to working in a company?
asked May 22 by Jose Gonzalez
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It would be important to have a strategic career plan in place.

 This can include deciding what your core values are in a work environment and do research on companies that would both align with your values and utilize your skills. It's important the atmosphere you would do best in rather than just applying to all jobs that take your skills.

Update your resume - check out a site like www.blueskyresumes.com and write a passionate and powerful cover letter sharing why you would be a good hire and have main points that can be tailored to solving the issues the company needs to hire you for. Each cover letter should be changed to reflect the job needs you are applying for but you can have a strong base.

Create a plan for moving forward once all your tools are in place and decide how much time you will spend each day on both networking, applying for jobs and reaching out to connections on networking sites like LinkedIn or Alignable.

Build a self intro for written and verbal use so people can understand what you are looking for and conversations can lead to introductions. Also, send an email with all your relevant contacts sharing what you are looking for and being open about asking for help connecting. People like to help those who are clear in their needs and helpful themselves.

Make sure to thank all who take the time to help you.

You can put all these steps in a simple plan and use it as your base for moving forward from freelancing to working in a company.
May 26
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Don't ask for a job, ask for an informational interview to learn from senior people in your target field what does it take to be successful in her or his job, what are pros and cons in the role they have. Through informational interview you will learn a lot  about functional requirements for the job, about the company they work. This information will help you determine if you would really like to work for that company and if you do, you will gather enough internal information to write an effective resume and have a good interview.

Make a list of 100 companies in the area, then chose your top 20 you want to go for. Then, look for marketing managers on LinkedIn and Twitter and then approach these people for 15-minutes informational  interview. I would out this in a subject of an email “15-minutes informational interview” so they will be flattered and also know that you don’t want to waste too much of their time.
INFORMATION INTERVIEW GUIDELINES
The reason you’ve asked for a meeting is to hear the other person talk.  So, button up and let him/her do the talking.  How?  Ask questions like this to get started:
What do YOU think it takes to be successful in this industry?
Will YOU give me examples of people who have done well?
How did YOU get started?
Who do YOU think are the thought leaders in your industry?
What’s the biggest challenge in YOUR company?
Tell me about the best part of YOUR job.  Worst?
Who else do YOU know that I should talk with?
What’s YOUR training/background?
What do YOU think of my target company list?
How realistic do YOU think my plan is?
What suggestions could YOU make on my job search plan?

Finally, 90% of the time people don’t even bother emailing me thank your for the meeting after they have requested to have one with me. The more connected we are, the less polite we are. So, each time you send a “than you for a meeting/call” email, you are better than 90% of others. Now, imagine if you were to actually send a hand written thank you note ….
Jun 13
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That all depends. Are you currently freelancing for the company and want to turn it into a salaried job? OR Do you want to stop freelancing and find an employer?

If you want to turn your current gig into a full time job. Figure out if their is a full time job to be had.

1. Does the company have enough work for you to justify hiring you full time, without breaking other freelance arrangements? Companies are unlikely to consider hiring you full time if they don't have the work or if it would require them to break contracts or relationships with others.

2. Does the company have a freelance culture?   To hire a $65k a year employee, it costs a company (depending on the location) about $77k because of added government required taxes, fees, and paid benefits. Many companies choose to work with freelancers because of the additional costs (and sometimes difficulty firing) of employees.

3. Do you have a compelling reason to switch? It is the dream of so many to give up the suit and 9-5 in order to freelance. So many will be skeptical. There may be a fear that this is a temporary financial problem and you need the security of a regular check, but will bail when your finances are sorted. So consider your reasons.

If you are simply looking to transition from freelance to a salaried job and don't have company in mind, don't complicate things. Your freelance work is listed on your resume just as you would like a previous employer. When interviewed and questioned about it, I would simply say, " I really enjoyed my time freelancing, but discovered that working on small, temporary projects was not as fulfilling for me as being able to be a part of the whole growth process of one company of which I am passionate. I am now looking for that company."

best!
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