Career writer Marci Alboher added a “slash” title (as in “writer/speaker/writing coach”) to business cards and email signature, and saw new coaching work gradually roll in. She suggests other ways anyone looking for work can add their own “slash.”
For well-connected freelancers and consultants, that kind of viral business title approach might work. For those unemployed and looking to circulate their availability, though, Alboher suggests offering new services for free, to get feedback and references, writing articles or blogging, and straight-up volunteering:
… Offering to work part-time for free can be a way to break into a new field, get experience, or even get a job. Adult internships are becoming increasingly common; the key is to structure one that allows you to network and get experience with a reasonable commitment of time (perhaps one day or several hours week), so that you can use your other time for income-producing work.
How have you broken into new side gigs or transitioned into a new, related field? Spread the good ideas in the comments.
How to look like you’re working when you’re unemployed [Working the New Economy]