From Business 2 Community, Lauren Riley offers good recommendations for freelancers who would like to become regular employees. You have probably seen a number of articles on how to move from being an employee to freelancing; this article helps those moving in the other direction. Lauren writes:
“If you’ve been freelancing for a while, there might come a time when you miss the buzz of working in an office alongside a team, getting a stable income and having set working hours.
But how do you make the transition from being self-employed to working full time in a business? Well, it’s a tricky one because some employers have preconceptions about freelancers that might put them off hiring you.
For example, some may think that you struggle working as part of a team, don’t like being managed, or that you won’t want to stay at the business for a long period of time.
So, how can you quash these myths and convince employers that you’re the right fit for their business? Well, these five tips should help!
1) Give A Reason For Making The Move
When applying for a new job after a long period of freelancing, the employer or recruiter will almost definitely be wondering why you’ve decided to move into full time employment now.
Because of this, it’s a good idea to explain your reasons for making the move in your cover letter, whether it’s because you want to be part of a team, or prefer to focus on one goal rather than multiple accounts, as it’s better to be upfront in your application.
This sort of honesty will resonate well with the employer as it will show that you’re trustworthy, and might just ease any concerns they have about hiring a freelancer.
2) Sell Yourself
A freelancer’s CV is a tough one, as you need to demonstrate your suitability for a full time job – not just your technical ability and experience.
Draw on any jobs you’ve had previous to going freelance to demonstrate experience of working as part of a team and that you’re comfortable and used to being managed. Also make it clear that, although you are freelance, you spend time working with in-house teams so enjoy teamwork.
This is also the best time to show how hiring a freelancer would be beneficial to their business – this could be a varied skillset, being adaptable or being able to work using your own initiative. Whatever you choose, just be sure to maximise on the benefits you would bring to the business and that particular role…”
Read the full story at 5 Tips On Moving From Freelance To Full Time Employment.