The Wall Street Journal recently published an article describing the experience of Independent Contractors as that of “second-class office workers." It painted a dark, and, in my opinion, very one-sided picture of the current state and future of contingent work. While not discounting the perspectives described by the nine contract workers profiled in the article, there is an alternative model that brings together the expertise of “free agent” individuals and the needs of businesses in a way that creates value, engagement, and satisfaction for both parties.
This guide summarizes the most important principles that inform CommuniSkills’ highly praised business communication classes.
It’s really about thinking
Clear writing requires clear thinking. A well-written message is possible only if it reflects sound, evidence-based business thinking. We’ve often said that our writing classes should have been titled “Good Thinking” instead of “Good Writing,” because that’s where the greatest value is found.
In an effort to expand our thought leadership, highlight Experts, and engage our Expert Community, we collaborated with YourEncore Expert, Bryan Schafer, to help pilot a Q&A series as a part of our broader initiative to serve the Expert community. In this series, we will seek to find out what motivates our Experts and how their relationship with YourEncore has been beneficial to them and their career as they navigate the gig economy.
In an effort to expand our thought leadership, highlight Experts, and engage our Expert Community, we reached out to YourEncore Expert, Marcia Ellett, to help pilot a Q&A series as a part of our broader initiative to serve the Expert community. In this series, we will seek to find out what motivates our Experts and how their relationship with YourEncore has been beneficial to them and their career as they navigate the gig economy.
Marcia Ellett is an experienced writer with a background in publishing who has been partnered with Eli Lilly & Co. through YourEncore for eight years. You can learn more about her background and connect with her here.
Q: What brought you to YourEncore?
A: I left a full-time job in publishing and was freelancing as a writer and editor while looking for other opportunities. I heard about YourEncore first through my father, who retired early from the pharmaceutical industry and had worked on several projects with YourEncore, and then through a colleague of his, John Barnard, who co-founded YourEncore. Though my educational background (Master’s degree in writing) and professional experience (publishing) weren’t typical of the YourEncore experts with whom I was familiar, they both encouraged me to join the YourEncore network and keep an open mind. It took a number of months, but I was eventually offered the opportunity of a short-term contract at Lilly to help with communications support in the then Clinical Development Organization. I took a leap of faith and said yes.
In recent posts, I’ve talked about the potential that alumni talent communities represent for companies facing the chasm of wisdom and experience left behind in the wake of Baby Boomers reaching retirement age, M&A activity, and massive transformation initiatives. To be truly effective for the client, these talent communities must first be truly engaging and valuable to its members…in our case, YourEncore Experts. My personal mission is to cultivate the most vibrant talent community available for accomplished Life Science and Consumer Goods professionals to join: one that sparks and facilitates collaboration, active participation, knowledge sharing, and on-going learning while offering personal and professional enrichment. I spend a lot of time thinking about how to make this happen.
If you have recently left the corporate world, you may be wondering what to do about health benefits. Whether you have retired, started your own business or are pursuing a creative endeavor, health insurance is still a necessity. It can seem overwhelming to take on the responsibility of shopping plans and figuring out what will suit your needs best, especially if you are used to just renewing every year on your employer’s plan.
But with a little information, you can effectively compare health insurance plans and may even be able to find a better or more inexpensive plan than the one you had with your employer.
When you’re leaving your corporate job, you may have a few different options:
YourEncore recently announced a partnership with Purdue Research Foundation designed to help Purdue's entrepreneurship program move innovations to market faster. What does this partnership mean for you, the members of our Expert Network?
I recently sat down with Dan Hasler, president of Purdue Research Foundation, to learn more about how Purdue has been so successful creating and commercializing IP and the opportunities it brings to our Expert Network.
Big news. Microsoft recently bought LinkedIn for a whopping $26.2 billion, connecting them to what Forbes calls "the world’s most influential, specialized, highly read, constantly-updated digital media companies around." As part three of our LinkedIn blog series, I want to broadly discuss the value of engaging in social media, with some practical how-to's for participating in the LinkedIn community.
In my last post entitled 5 Steps to Building an Effective LinkedIn Profile, I shared tips and tricks to building a profile that works for you.
Your resume is often the first impression you’ll make on potential clients or employers, so you want to be sure it’s making a good one. Maybe you haven’t created a resume in years, or perhaps you’re simply looking to distinguish yourself from the pack. Here are some helpful tips for creating a resume that will get the attention of potential clients and establish you as the best candidate for a project.