Side projects

Raise your profile and boost your de­sir­abil­ity to em­ploy­ers by en­sur­ing that you al­ways have some side projects on the go

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It’s all too easy to fo­cus on the day job but if you want a com­pet­i­tive edge in the jobs mar­ket, then a strong port­fo­lio of side projects can re­ally help you stand out. “The peo­ple with more value are the peo­ple with more skills, more cross­over and more col­lab­o­ra­tion,” ex­plains James Huckle. Ba­si­cally, if you have a lot of skills across the board un­der your belt then you’re a lot more use­ful – and you can com­mand a big­ger salary as a re­sult.

Of course, it de­pends on the side pro­ject. Your fledg­ling we­b­comic might have some so­cial trac­tion but it prob­a­bly isn’t go­ing to give you much lever­age in your pay ne­go­ti­a­tions. Rather, think about some­thing like speak­ing at con­fer­ences – whether it’s a big-ticket event or a lo­cal meetup. If you can do con­fer­ence talks or even a bit of teach­ing, this demon­strates that you know your stuff and you have the con­fi­dence and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills to share your knowl­edge – a qual­ity that’s ir­re­sistible to em­ploy­ers.

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