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Think. Think Different.

There's an old saying that goes, If what you're doing isn't working, do something else. This is what we're all about at PredictiveTalent. We think about work in a different way and we want to share our thoughts and ideas with the rest of the world. This new way of thinking is about to make a big appearance -- and bigger impact -- in the workforce.

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Should I Be a Specialist or a Generalist?

Everywhere we look we see that small business owners are opting for contractors instead of full-time employees. From Inc Magazine to Entrepreneur.com to Fast Company, this change is flooding content channels. (Here’s an example). And in fact, we’ve seen the number of contract hires in PredictiveTalent soar in the past couple years.

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What Does the Ability to Work Anywhere do to the Marketplace?

We’ve seen a lot of changes in recent years with the ability to work for anyone from anywhere. Countless executive assistants are picking up gigs as virtual assistants, helping small business owners run their businesses from the comfort of their home, a coffee shop or even a faraway destination. The same goes for accountants, graphic designers, website builders and more.

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Societal Benefits of Working Remotely

Ever since Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer declared that no employee of the search giant can work remotely anymore, there’s been a lot of back and forth amongst the blog world about the benefits of or the problems with working remotely.

We’d like to add a “sublist” to the existing pros of working remotely – which usually focuses on personal benefits and business growth –
called Societal Benefits:

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Ten Little Things

This is the time of year to reflect and make resolutions for the coming year. It’s a time to evaluate your happenings and decide how to tackle what the new year will bring.
Due to last week’s horrific circumstances we need to think about how we can make a difference ourselves. Debates have run rampant on gun control and other touchy subjects, but each of us as individuals can make our own progress.

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Shutting Down

With the great convenience of working remotely is one tiny issue that can easily be remedied: many people overwork when they aren’t in an office. Being able to shut the computer down and turn your phone off so as to spend time with family, take a walk or read a book is of the utmost importance to virtual workers’ success. By creating boundaries for yourself you are not only requiring that you work efficiently during your “on” hours, but you are giving yourself a break, which in turn results in high productivity.

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The Importance of Pre-Screening Before Hiring Virtual Talent

One of the biggest complaints we see about virtual employees is that they aren’t properly screened before they’re placed with a client. Other staffing agencies require you to sift through thousands upon thousands of resumes, essentially guessing who may be a good fit for you. He or she may look okay on paper, but that doesn't mean the relationship will be what you're looking for. And if you chose the wrong talent, you've got to start the arduous searching process all over again.

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How To Remind Your Employer You’re Valuable

As a virtual worker your employer won’t necessarily see how hard you work day in and day out; he or she will only see what you produce. If you produce consistently and efficiently, your employer will at least appreciate your work.  But a lot of people can be efficient and a lot of people are willing to work for less pay. To be fully content as a virtual employee it’s important to show your employer how valuable you are.

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