What’s Your Side Gig?

As a recruiter, to say that I review a lot of resumes is a vast understatement. Thinking about that, I wish I had an accurate tally of how many resumes I have seen over the past five to six years. Whatever the number is, it’s a lot. Although I’ve noticed recently that with the advent of personal assistants, technology, time management solutions, and various other gizmos and gadgets that individuals do much more than just work. This begs the question, is work really just work anymore? Or is work just a part of what we do and is it even number one on the list?

Everybody’s got a side gig these days and I’m writing to ask, what’s yours? Is it volunteerism, athletic endeavors, or an actual business?

My big thing in life is yoga. I practice yoga almost every day, read yoga books and blogs, and try to live the lifestyle in general. But my fling with yoga is getting serious. I’m going to yoga school; think year-long degree program but for the study of yoga. It’s major nerding out on yoga and a really big time commitment of 10 to 15 hours a week. And yeah, it’s a business, too.

So if this is work and I’m a Recruiter, too, is there a line that should be drawn between the two? Or is this just the way it is now? Everybody has a lot going on and that’s just the way it is. And it’s totally manageable!

At the Impact Advisors’ annual meeting, our newest employees give short presentations called “Who Are Yous” as self-introductions to the rest of the firm. And there were a lot of side gigs out there – Weight Watchers Coach, Sommelier, famous marathon runner, National Park volunteer/aficionado, and doll maker.

So instead of giving advice in this post, I’d like to ask, what’s your side gig? How do you manage it and your “real job?” Let’s have a discussion in the Comments section below.

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Cassie Sturdevant

Cassie Sturdevant is a Senior Recruiter for Impact Advisors, a healthcare IT strategic and implementation services consulting firm just named 2013 Best in KLAS for Overall Services. She specializes in humor and follow up.

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  • My sidegig is running a website for active and retired first responders, who have side gigs, to let their fellow public safety personnel find someone on the job to do the job.

  • First of all, Cassie, fantastic pose! So fantastic I tried it myself and managed to hold it for about . . . well I didn’t manage to hold it.

    My side gig is Internet marketing consulting for small businesses. Before I became fully immersed in Healthcare IT workforce and career development, I consulted full-time, but since I don’t have much extra time now I do it on a limited basis. Currently I am working with a nationally-known dog trainer – we are setting up a WordPress blog, Amazon affiliate program, etc. to help her earn some ancillary income. I find it invigorating to go outside my primary focus, and it’s a great way to meet fun people outside of the HIT realm.

    G.

    p.s. Joe, I agree with Cassie – your side gig IS awesome!

  • Thank you so much, Gwen! You know . . . since I can teach, I’ll offer you a discount . . . 😉

  • I agree w/Gwen on your pose Cassie. The inspiring video Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur’s Inspirational Transformation! illustrates how mastering that pose is gravity challenging.

    My side gig is managing leases on 7 units. On the side of that, last w/e I ran an estate sale and posted antiques on Ebay. Never a dull moment!

    It IS interesting to get a peak at what some other people do for side gigs. Thanks.

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