Increasingly, companies are rethinking how they get the job done—fast and right. The good news is America’s got talent, and if you’re experienced, ambitious, and agile, it’s good to be you. It’s a seller’s market in the Digital Transformation Era if you’re an expert who has what it takes to work hard, adapt, and deliver outstanding work on-demand.
If you’re looking for talent, it’s good to be you, too. Today, the right experts are out there and they’re people who have done the work and have mastery over the subject. They’ve been there, done that, and learned from experience. They can adapt to changes, overcome obstacles, and generate solutions on the spot because they’ve seen it all. I call them “real-world experts” because they have in-the-trenches experience needed to jump in and immediately make an impact. Companies often lack the time to train people and need them to hit the ground running. Experts are out there, looking for projects that match their expertise.
This new direction of work shows a marked increase in talent opting out of full-time positions. A recent study “Freelancing in America: 2017” recently released by Edelman Intelligence (and commissioned by Upwork and Freelancers Union), predicted a “Freelancer Majority” by 2027. Current numbers show:
The study also reported: “The world is changing…more than half of the U.S. workforce isn’t very confident their work will exist in 20 years. The World Economic Forum calls this ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’.” https://www.upwork.com/i/freelancing-in-america/2017/
How does this happen, and happen so fast? With so much work available, people have options. And according to the “Freelancing in America: 2017” report: “freelancing is more respected than ever.”
They call it “freelancing”—I call it On-demand Talent. One reason for this respect is that flexible, highly-specialized, talent is that they’re “plug and play” ready. They have the industry knowledge and know the vernacular. Whatever your project—whatever gap you need to bridge between the skills your current employees possess and the skills needed to address your latest challenge—this talent is poised and ready to get the job done, and done right. These people want to make an impact and do work they love for a company that values and appreciates their experience. They’re looking for the right opportunities, and today there are more of them than ever, ready to work for corporate teams.
In my next post, I’ll explore where this is all going, the talent pool, and who makes up this multi-million-dollar asset.