Those who are living the freelance dream know the freedom that freelancing allots them. There are people who yearn for being a part of a team at a company so they decide to go back to working for someone else. Other people do it for economic reasons and in extreme cases, for the free health insurance. The transition back to corporate life can be difficult to say the least especially if you have been freelancing for years. The job market also changes so being aware of this can help avoid getting discouraged if you do not succeed in getting a corporate job immediately. The following are tips for those who are trying to get back into the corporate world.

Give Yourself As Much Exposure As Possible

Exposure is extremely important when looking for a job in today’s market. Having social media profiles that are strictly for professional reasons can be a huge advantage. Reaching out to a company via social media before or after an interview can help you stand out from the crowd if numerous people interviewed that day. Getting a LinkedIn account is one of the most important things that you can do. Recruiters reach out to people on a daily basis to try to set them up with a job. Listing your skills and specifics of the work that you do on there can maximize your chances of this happening. Be active on LinkedIn and interact with those in your client base as well as your industry. LinkedIn video is a new revelation that can help set you apart from others in your network.

Enlist The Help of Your Current Clients

Current clients that you work for can be a huge help in your job search. While they might not be able to give you a job because of location or budgets, they can recommend you to another company in the industry. If you have done great work for these current clients they shouldn’t have any problem introducing you to decision makers at another company. Getting your foot in the door this way puts you ahead of other candidates who weren’t given the nod by another corporation. Standing out from the crowd with this reference can win you the job even before the interview.

Family members and friends can be a great help in trying to find a corporate job. Many people might feel embarrassed to ask a close friend or family member to help them out with getting a job. In reality the embarrassing thing would be people knowing you are looking for a job for an extended period of time without any offers. Swallow your pride in these circumstances as you will need to take any advantage given to you to stand out from the competition.

Don’t Stop Freelancing

This might be obvious to some but keep freelancing while you are looking for your new job. This can give you flexibility financially and the ability to turn down job offers that do not suit you. During this time you can start listing the skills that you use on your everyday work. Employers want to see an employee that is well-rounded so giving them an idea of a typical day can help them better evaluate you. On your resume you shouldn’t list yourself as a freelancer but you should label your work as a business. Freelancers have gotten a bad name in some industries and employers respect those who worked for companies more. Many freelancers establish an LLC to avoid any problems reintegrating into the corporate world or to get more clients. You never know, your next new client could end up being your employer in a matter of months.

Clean Up Your Social Media Profiles

Those who have been freelancing for quite a long time might not have had to worry about the things that go on their social media profiles. This is one of the first things that many HR managers dig into as they want someone who will represent their company appropriately. There are quite a few people who go on political rants or comment some less than appropriate things on their friends statuses. While you should be able to post about politics you simply shouldn’t. Not receiving a job offer because of your political beliefs is wrong but it does in fact happen. Leave your rants for after you have the job as you don’t want a biased HR manager to pass you up because you are a liberal or conservative. Making these profiles private doesn’t mean that others cannot see you so either clean them up or delete them until after you have a job.

Going from freelancing to the corporate world again can be difficult but it is important not to become discouraged. You are trying to go back to the office to make your life quality better and the is important to remember. Follow the above tips to boost your success probability immensely.