The new normal has quickly begun to shift in our fast-moving working world and remote work from home jobs are becoming increasingly popular. Especially among younger people, finding a work from home job can be overwhelming and uncharted territory. With a basic guide to understanding the online working-world, you will be able to start working from the comfort and safety of your own home!
Create A Resume
The key to finding a work-from-home job is to first have a great resume. Work from home jobs requires you to usually apply online. While we’re sure you also have a great personality, you also want to make sure that you look fantastic on paper. Having an up-to-date professional resume ready to send to companies is the first step to success in your job search. Check out different resume templates online to make sure your resume is to the point and provides only the most necessary information for a company to hire you. Make sure your resume is organized and clear.
One way to land a work from home job is through online networking. One website that is used by most businesses and people is LinkedIn. LinkedIn is like an online resume that you can speak and connect with. Network with as may people as possible in the field that you are trying to find your job in. From there, message different business people using your account. This website also analyzes your interests and shares new online job openings that you may be interested in and qualified for. When you start applying for work from home jobs, share your LinkedIn profile to give you a boost in the selection process. This is a free website and is pretty straightforward in the creation process of your new account.
Build Your Resume
If you feel as though you don’t have enough to put on your resume, there are plenty of ways that you can build your resume online! A lot of times, it is an outside experience that can land you a work from home job that you really want. One way you can build your resume is by volunteering online through a company or organization that you want to work for in the future. This is a great way to form connections through companies and shows that you are interested. Another way is taking free online courses from universities that will give you a new skill that is valued in the field that you would like to work for (programming, writing, editing, teaching, statistics, economics).
Using your email is another important step to becoming successful in finding a work from home job. Your email is a way you can get your foot in the door remotely for the job that you want. After you find a job that you are interested in, email that company to introduce yourself and say that you are excited to send in your application. This immediately makes you stand out as an applicant and gets you in direct contact with the people who will be reading your resume. Take advantage of personal connections that can still be made remotely.
Advisors And College Connections
Almost every college and school has set advisors whose job is to connect you with people to find a career. If you are currently enrolled in college or have recently graduated from college, career advisors are still a great resource to connect you with online jobs. Advisors are given the latest updates of new work available and can connect and coach you through submitting an application. Advisors have helped a lot of students in the past and can connect you with them. Having an alma mater connection is always really helpful and can be that extra push you need to get a job.
The internet is full of fabulous work from home job opportunities… but, it’s also full of job scams. If there are job postings that advertise “get money fast” or you have to pay to apply, they are most likely scam jobs. Scammers find the internet easy to hide behind. The best piece of advice to follow is that if the job seems too good to be true, it probably is. One way you can find out if a job is legit is searching through reviews from past employees on platforms such as Glassdoor.
Past Job Connections
It is very likely that a company that you used to work for now has work from home remote jobs available. It doesn’t hurt the rekindle connections! Contact your old coworkers or boss to see if there are any open positions. This is a great way to quickly find a job with a company that you are familiar with.
Prepare For Interviews
You are most likely going to have to do a phone or Skype interview. These interviews are to make sure that you are legit and to see if you are prepared to work from home. Make sure that you have done your research before so you have questions ready to ask and you know what the job entails. In this interview, find a quiet and professional space (office, desk, outside). You also want to make sure you look professional in your clothing and hygiene just as you would for a face-to-face interview. This is usually the deciding factor when it comes to your work from home job, so take it seriously.
Jobs are constantly being posted for people who need to work from home. Be open to new opportunities and companies. There could be a job that is perfect for you in a company or field that you have not thought about before. Be honest in your resume and your interviews. Companies are searching for people with unique and specific qualities and abilities.
Work from home jobs are very popular and a great source of income in any field. Let us know how you found your work from home job in the comments below!
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Julia grew up in a town just outside of Chicago. She currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee where she is a junior Creative Writing and Literature major at Rhodes College. Julia prefers to spend her days outside writing stories for others to find joy in. Other than story-telling, you will find Julia running on her college track and field team and traveling the world.