I am working as a professional internet marketer in various online freelancing marketplaces from the last seven years. When I initially started the online freelancing career, I depended on one marketplace for all of my work. I earned enough money to conduct my career smoothly. When I started working other sites, I was able to get significantly higher paying freelancing jobs from there. So, today I would like to share my view and top ten awesome online freelancing marketplaces among the hundreds of freelancing marketplaces.

1) UpWork

UpWork.com is one of the awesome online freelancing marketplaces. This site is the combination of two of the most popular marketplaces oDesk and Elance. Here a freelancer can find out almost all kinds of online jobs. There are two kinds of jobs. One is hourly and another is a fixed price job.

2) Freelancer

Freelancer.com is another popular online freelancing marketplace. Here a freelancer can get data entry work to high level programming projects. There are thousands of clients and freelancers around the world. A new freelancer can easily get their desired jobs from here.

3) Fiverr

According to my view, Fiverr.com is one of the most popular online freelancing marketplaces. Here a freelancer need to post a gig with all clear instructions that what can he or she provide. If the client like this, then they can start ordering with five dollars. So the client can easily get quality work in cheap price. For this reason this site is becoming more and more popular day by day.

4) PeoplePerHour

PeoplePerHour.com is a great platform, focusing on freelancing for web projects. If you’re an article writer, digital marketer, graphic designer, web developer, SEO specialist, or anything you love to work with your specialty then. PeoplePerHour is definitely worth checking out. Here you have to post hourly and clients will buy this and pay you according to your set price.

5) 99designs

This is a platform for freelance designers, 99designs.com lets you compete in design contests and get feedback as clients choose the best ones with a great payment. It’s a great way for talented designers to prove their talents and earn handsome money.

6) iWriter

iWritter.com is the best online freelancing marketplace for content writer. This is the fastest, easiest and most reliable way to get content for your website. A freelancer also can earn almost 15 dollars for each quality article.

7) Freelance Writing Gigs

This is another popular freelancing marketplace for freelance writers, editors, bloggers, publishers or any combination of those. This is a great option for freelancers who have a way with words.

8) Toptal

Toptal.com is also one the most popular freelancing marketplaces for a custom software development project. Here if a client wants to get a custom software development service, then they can get it from a highly skilled and professional freelancer.

9) Project4hire

With hundreds of project categories, Project4hire.com makes it easy to identify jobs that suit your skill set, without scanning through large volumes of posts. It’s great for writers, coders, consultants, designers, programmers and more.

10) iFreelance

iFreelance.com platform accommodates some of the usual suspects of the freelancing world. Here you will get proofreading, arts, data entry, graphic designing, photography, bookkeeping and all types of professional task. But this site is not free for freelancers. There will be a membership fee required for it.

So, you can choose one of these online freelance marketplaces to start your freelancing career or to get your job done fast. Here you will get all kinds of talented freelancers and clients around the word. So what you are waiting for? Start your smart career with these.

In my more than three years of working as a Virtual Assistant, I now find it easy to search for clients and eventually get hired. When I was starting as a VA, I must admit I struggled in getting clients. That’s normal though. I have learned along the way. I did some more readings from other blogs related to Virtual Assistant jobs and found some helpful tips on how I can find clients looking to hire virtual assistants. Now, I have several places or sites where I meet prospective clients seeking for virtual administrative assistance. Here are my top 5:

1. Elance.com

Elance is the world’s largest and leading online talent and skills marketplace. It helps companies hire and manage professionals or freelancers to get work done and grow their business. At the same time, it provides professionals and freelancers the opportunities to work and earn.

I started to use elance two years ago. I put it on top of my list because in my experience, it gave me the best clients so far. I have found long term virtual assistant works through elance. Although it is not a free marketplace, spending almost $20 a month for the membership is very much worth it. I can earn $1000 to $2000 a month working as a Virtual Secretary from elance alone.

How to apply for virtual assistant jobs:

With a paid membership, you will be given “connects” that you can use in placing bids to job postings. Make sure you have a good proposal and reasonable rate when bidding especially when you are just starting. When you have built a good reputation and earned positive reviews, you can opt to increase your rate. Remember that most companies prefer to hire those that have positive reviews/feedback.

How you can get paid:

Client can pay you through elance and then withdraw from elance to your bank or PayPal.

2. Guru.com

Like elance.com, Guru is one of the biggest online talent marketplaces. Almost all projects that can be outsourced are found in here. I found some good clients in here although they are more short term that what I got from elance. It is not about the marketplace I think, maybe I was just luckier with elance or that guru has more virtual admin assistants to compete with over these jobs.

How to apply for virtual assistant jobs:

For free memberships, you are only allowed to bid to a few select job postings which makes it difficult to land a job or get a project. With a paid membership, you can get more privileges in placing bids to jobs available. You are given up to a hundred bid counts per month if I am not mistaken. You also need a good proposal and a good reputation for better possibility of getting hired.

How you can get paid:

Client can pay you through Guru and then withdraw form Guru to your bank or Paypal.

3. Craigslist.org

Although many people say dealing in Craigslist is a lot riskier than any place else, I would still put it at third spot due to some good clients it brought me. I have gotten virtual assistant tasks from here since I started as a VA. This is where I got my first client, that actually paid. Yeah, there were some clients that did not pay. That is the risk with craigslist. It is an open classified ad site so the possibility of getting scammed is higher.

In general, craigslist has been so helpful when I look for writing jobs. I have learned from my bad experiences so when I deal with clients that I met from Craigslist, I make sure I won’t get screwed. I either do some background check on them or I ask for upfront payment. But for starters, I don’t suggest the latter.

How to apply for virtual assistant jobs:

When you see ads on craigslist, you can find contact information of the poster. It can be an email, phone number or a url where you can apply online. Make sure you have a good proposal prepared. Rates in craigslist in my observation, is a bit lower because the companies looking for workers are generally those that do not want to shell out some cash to register in paid online marketplaces such as elance or guru. So giving a reasonable rate is critical for you to be considered when applying.

How you can get paid:

Since it is an open classified ad site, payment option depends on the client. Most of them pay via Paypal. The assurance is not 100% but it is worth the risk so far in my experience.

4. Odesk.com

Odesk is a unique online talent marketplace because it requires its service providers to log in to their workroom so working hours can be logged and the buyer or clients can monitor the work done. You get to feel you are just in a regular office with your boss monitoring your work. At first I like working here but since I started doing other stuff aside from being a virtual assistant, I slowed down. I have gotten good clients here, mostly for data entry and research jobs.

How to apply for virtual assistant jobs:

Odesk is a free marketplace. They only add a small percentage on top of your regular rate whether hourly or fixed, which will be charged to the client. So basically, you do not need to pay any fees to get work. Make sure you have prepared a very appealing proposal to get noticed because, being a free marketplace, expect to have more competition. I would suggest you start with smaller projects, like data entry, research and writing jobs just so you can build your reputation. Eventually you will get bigger projects as you add positive reviews/feedback.

How you can get paid:

You can get paid through Odesk and then withdraw from Odesk to your bank or Paypal.

5. freelancer.com

Used to be getafreelancer.com, freelancer is one of my favorites because it is free to register and a lot of virtual assistant jobs are available. In my experience though, among freelancer, elance, guru and odesk, it is only in freelancer where I experienced getting scammed. Because a company can post a job for free in the first post, chances are, some people will take advantage and post jobs that are not legit and will only try to screw you. I have experienced once not getting paid. Although it was only a short term small project, I became more reluctant to apply to jobs offered by new buyers. Since then, I always apply to jobs posted by old buyers.

A great asset for any HR professional is to be multilingual and have international HR experience; these capabilities are in demand. But when it comes to recruitment, hiring trends can differ greatly by region. We explore the current global recruitment marketplace and discuss what HR skills are needed in each area.

Middle East

There is fast-paced growth in the Middle East because of the investment in infrastructure from the government and multinational organisations taking advantage of growth opportunities in the developing market.

When it comes to human resources, there is a strange combination of admin-focused HR departments and modern HR teams who are much more strategic. While commercial focus is an increasing priority for many companies, resulting in a growing need for HR business partner expatriates, the biggest challenge for the Middle East is to educate developing businesses about the importance of a commercial and business focus for HR.

Asia Pacific

In Hong Kong, strategic-level HR is in demand, as are talent and employee development professionals because employee retention is a key focus for many companies. China is expected to have an onslaught of new HR roles since functions are being centralised in head offices. There is also an emphasis on hiring and retaining talent as a means to grow business. New roles in Japan will be to fulfil immediate business needs.

Singapore

Singapore’s HR revolution is being led by the healthcare, telecommunication, and pharmaceutical industries. There is a focused effort to move functions in-house in the name of cost efficiency, and staff retention is becoming a significant issue; because of this, sectors are seeing an insurgence of HR expats.

Australia

Having just reached a seven-year peak in the industrial sector, there’s a market shortage in industrial relations and retention. Companies have been forced into competition because the pool of professionals is limited.

Europe

With the overshadowing Euro problems, it’s no surprise that the European recruitment market is mixed. France is currently avoiding risk since it is expecting taxation changes later on this year, while Germany is investing in upgrading the skills of HR departments (mostly business partners) and recruiting new employees. Netherlands and Belgium are developing their business in the Far East and Middle East. Spain, Greece, Italy, and Portugal have been inactive in the recruitment market and are expected to stay this way for the moment.

UK

Replacement roles make up the most permanent hires, and there’s been a lot of recruitment for mid-level positions on the interim market for fixed-term contracts in human resources.

The industry is shifting attention to e-commerce due to increased consumer use of online services. As a result of the commerce sector’s actions to minimise operations costs, IT services and outsourcing continue to grow.

A period of 6-month unemployment in HR is rare since the market is mature and experienced practitioners are consistently sought-after. The focus on finding the ideal HR candidate has resulted in a longer recruitment process since some specific skills are hard to come by; in the financial sector, there’s an overall skills shortage for the available jobs in HR. Companies are holding out to find the perfect person and want candidates who can tick all of the boxes.

What HR skills are in demand?

Singapore:

Cost efficiency is the focus in this area. Each role has to be worth its weight, which has led to an increase of generalist business partners and in-house roles being created.

It’s likely that benefits specialists and business partners will be in demand for the rest of the year. Permanent positions may be hard to come by, which could be good news for HR contractors.

Hong Kong:

At the moment, companies in Hong Kong are looking to recruit at senior level for presidents and directors while keeping their eyes open for HR professionals with strategic business skills.

Remuneration packages and benefits policies are a big focus, so there’s a demand for compensation and benefits specialists. Those with global experience are sought-after too, since employers are creating restructuring packages to attract employees to Hong Kong, or for internal talent so they can explore different options abroad.

Middle East:

The Middle East HR market is thinking about business on a global scale, so many companies are looking for people who can create up-to-date HR departments that have commercial and strategic value.

While mid-level business partners are always sought-after, there’s also been a demand for local HR professionals due to nationalisation targets.

In the past 5 years, the focus has been on recruiting outside the area (bringing in expats) in order to raise the bar of HR, and make the function a driver of business. While there’s opportunity for those who don’t speak Arabic, those who want success should be specialists with expertise in their area.

Australia:

The HR focus in Australia is in the public sector because Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) legislation is changing and standardising around the country. This requires HR consultants, advisors, managers and case managers. New financial budgets will create opportunities for change managers as well; projects that were once postponed are now back on.

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Looking for a job? Five things you need to do first.

1. What is your niche in the marketplace? Job seekers are taking whatever they can get. Although this can be effective; more than likely, this method will prove time consuming and frustrating. Look at your skills and brainstorm what is you are qualified for and passionate about. If you were thinking about making a career change and getting a fresh start, now is the time.
2. Based on what your answer to number 1, create your sales tools to reflect this. Your sales tools include resume, cover letter AND your dialogue when interfacing with a potential employer, business contact, etc.
3. Develop your personal sales force. Carefully examine your sphere of influence. Who in your sphere is positioned to help you? Although this is a version of networking, this will prove highly effective in a short period of time.
4. Be proactive. A large percentage of the unemployed are passive in their approach. They submit dozens of online applications and wait for the phone to right. Do not get caught in this trap. Differentiate yourself by being proactive.
5. Maintain a positive mental attitude. There is little solace to know that hundreds of thousands of people are feeling the same way you are. There are jobs available. Put yourself in the perspective of the employer. With the cost of labor going down and the talent pool deepening, the employer is going to hire someone they like. Maintain your energy level and a positive outlook.

The Engineering Marketplace is a multidisciplinary profession with a vast amount of specialties and projects that can range from the simple process of designing a residential home to the more complex seismic, mechanical, environmental, energy and/or design engineering.

As all engineers have their area of expertise whether it be a specific type of project or an engineering specialization all focus their attention in doing an exceptional job; but no matter where they work or what their specialty is, most engineers are all concerned with the marketplace job outlook for their profession into the next few years.

As the market has started to rebuild and the country has moved out of the recession companies are starting to slowly rebuild their workforces, build back up their staff and make strategic hiring decisions based on positioning their company for the future growth they expect.

Employers are being very selective though, they are looking for engineers that think like business people, engineers that have a strong engineering background, understanding of client relationships and how to manage multiple projects and stakeholders at one time. The most highly sought after disciplines are in electrical, process, mechanical, computer, civil and environmental engineering. Individuals with physics or advanced degrees are in the greatest demand. Chemical and manufacturing engineers are in the least demand, unless an individual has a very focused specialized skill set that an employer is seeking.

There are a ton of engineers currently looking for work, whether be new graduate, a middle career technical engineer or a senior level executive; all will find in 2014 and beyond very robust amount of hiring activity.

Whether in private industry or governmental agencies the job marketplace shows great signs of future growth. 95% of engineering graduates are finding work within 6 months or graduating college, and career level engineers are starting to see renewed interest by employers as the marketplace rebounds. This rebound seems to be due to the large quantity of jobs growing out of the need improve the country deteriorating infrastructure and to adapt to the needs to address global warming.

As Climate becomes more and more a reality; civil and environmental firms foresee the government taking a more active role in protecting the environment, as well as, addressing the major infrastructure demands our country is facing in maintaining the roads, highways, and structures around the nation. This basic trend has led to the creation of many renewable energy, civil, environmental and mechanical engineering jobs around the country. Propelling the industry forward and spurring growth in the economy at the same time.

So for engineers the past may have been rocky, but the future is looking brighter than ever. 2014 and beyond are showing signs of an extremely robust hiring market.