the Importance of Networking for Freelancers’

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“Knowing Me, Knowing You” the Importance of Networking for Freelancers’ Careers: Examining the Mediating Role of Need for Relatedness Fulfillment and Employability-Enhancing Competencies
In their study, Jacobs et al. (2019) investigated the effects of freelancers’ networking behaviors on their career outcomes through the mediating role of informational access on related tasks, provision of greater visibility and legitimacy, access to financial resources, and the subsequent utilization of the resources in sharpening operational skills of interest for a successful and sustainable career. Understandably, freelancers operate on uncertain and unpredictable terrain, often without the benefits of stable organizational support systems for career development. The researchers argue that freelancers’ free flow of independence implies intense personal career management in line with the increased frequency of changing demands catalyzed by economic volatility and technological changes in the world of work (Jacobs et al., 2019). Intuitively, career-related networking is an endeavor by individuals to access and acquire the requisite professional skills for excellence in service delivery.
Considering that freelancing is a boundaryless field characterized by multi-disciplinary assignments for diverse clients in isolation from social activities in an organizational setting, the researchers argue that investing in networking behaviors is a critical avenue to protecting its sustainability. A total of 1,874 freelancers sampled from five countries across Europe were engaged through a survey questionnaire (Jacobs et al., 2019). The responses to the questionnaires were subjected to Structural Equation Modeling to test hypotheses related to networking behaviors. In particular, the researchers applied a resource management perspective to determine the need for relatedness fulfillment and the continuous search of employability-enhancing competencies. The results proved beyond reasonable doubt that relatedness fulfillment and the constant need to enhance employability- competencies drove, to a greater extent, the freelance’ networking efforts. While the study banked much on the previous studies on the role of the mediators in modeling career success, the method of data collection was an online survey, bringing to the fore the likelihood of biases of participants’ self-ratings into the final results of the study (Jacobs et al., 2019). As such, the researchers are open to a longitudinal study in the future to validate their results. Suggestively, resources availed through developed networks are critical for freelancers’ career success, in effect, giving open clues on training programs in networking skills for policy focus into elevating freelancing as a formidable subsector of the economy.