I wanted to dive into how I post classify the jobs I post on HerVenture and what exactly that means for you. This will hopefully help you navigate your job search based on your specific needs.
Full-Time: This is a job that takes up most of your time, generally 30-40 hours per week, or any other way as defined by your employer. Full-time jobs will often have you go through an interview process and receive an official offer letter. In your offer letter you should receive a breakdown of what you and your employer can expect while you work at the company. Most jobs in the US qualify as “at-will” meaning that you can leave at any point and your employer can let you go at any point. Being a full-time employee will usually (there are some laws around the size of the company you work for that may change this) allow you to have benefits like health insurance, a savings plan, paid time off, sick time, formal leaves (FMLA, PDL, CFRA), disability, ect. I vet all of the jobs I post to ensure that these are real jobs from reputable companies. Many of the companies I feature are listed on great places to work lists. So if it is a full-time job you are looking for, please make sure to check out all of the perks and benefits on the company’s webpage.
Part-Time:I classify part-time jobs in the same way the IRS does, under 30 hours. These jobs may have a set schedule or may allow you to do work when it is convenient for you. These roles should pay you by hour and you should do your best to track your hours when working part-time. All of this is important because if you work over 30 hours, you should be receiving benefits (again, pending the size of your company) and overtime. Part-time jobs are great if you are looking for somethings with both flexibility and stability so that you can maintain a work or school schedule. You should also receive an offer letter when you sign on for a part-time job. In these, it is important to make sure that any expectations around hours worked is very clearly spelled out so that you and your employer are on the same page about when you will be working. Again, when I post part-time jobs, I try to make sure these are legit roles and ones that pass my HR sniff test.
Contract: This is important. If you sign on for a contract job, make sure it is actually a contract job. Here are things that qualify a job as a contract: the work is project based, meaning you were brought on to solve a specific need or problem, you are not required to work specific hours, you should work on your own equipment, and your job should look different than the person working at the company who is full-time. Here is what the government looks at when figuring out if you should be a contractor:
The extent to which the services rendered are an integral part of the principal's business.
The permanency of the relationship.
The amount of the alleged contractor's investment in facilities and equipment.
The nature and degree of control by the principal.
The alleged contractor's opportunities for profit and loss.
The amount of initiative, judgment, or foresight in open market competition with others required for the success of the claimed independent contractor.
The degree of independent business organization and operation
I mention all of this because people are often misclassified as contractors when they should be full-time employees and those contractors miss out out on things like benefits, over-time, and job protection. However, most contract jobs are great and offer you the ability to solve problems on your own time. Many companies now will use a 3rd party service to actually “hire” their contractors as employees that they are covered by the 3rd parties insurance and worker’s compensation. If you ever have a question why one of our jobs is classified as contract, drop us a note and we can walk you through it.
Freelance: At HerVenture, we identify freelance jobs as those that very clearly have one goal to accomplish, where you are typically paid based on output. These jobs should also have very clear expectations around what those deliverables are. For example, a ‘Freelance Editor’ should have an agreement in place saying ‘Company will pay you, freelancer, $100 for 5 stories due on X date, with payment upon receipt.’ These are very flexible jobs that are focused on filling smaller needs of a company.
Remote: These jobs are that allow you the opportunity to work from anywhere. There may be some travel associated with the job (to the HQ or to a client) but for the most part these jobs do not require you to come into the office.
HerVenture is always here to help be a resource to help you find a legit job that fits into your life. All of our jobs are tagged by what type of job it is, location, and area of work, so you can easily use our search bar to find what you are looking for. If you have any questions, drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.