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Can Staffing Agencies & Freelancing Services Help Your Job Search?

Staffing Agencies & Freelancing Services: More Results From Our New Survey On How Digital Media Technologies Are Helping Jobseekers: This is the 2nd part of our report on Home Office Careers’ survey of its members on the application of new and emerging digital technologies to the work-from-home job recruitment process (download the report).  In the 1st report last week, we reported on the experiences and expectations of work-from-home jobseekers using Social Media and Mobile Apps. (You can read that 1st blog by clicking here.) Now this week we are reporting on our members’ experience with Staffing Agencies and your interest in “Virtual Staffing” as well as Freelancing Services, including your reaction to a concept called “Post A Project.” Staffing Agencies A Staffing Agency hires or pre-selects people directly . . . and then the agency places these candidates with employers to fill specific jobs and assignments. So instead of being hired and paid by the employer, you would be employed and paid by the Staffing Agency, which retains a percentage of your salary as their fee for placing you in the job. Based on this description, we asked if our members would be interested in this kind of placement. The answer is “Yes,” as the survey shows that a majority of our members are receptive to using a Staffing Agency to be placed in a job: Three-quarters (77%) have either worked with a Staffing Agency or are interested in trying; 30% have already found a Staffing Agency to be helpful. Only 23% outright reject the need for a Staffing Agency. And you may be surprised to learn that more than half of those surveyed expect to pay a moderate commission to the Staffing Agency: 61% are willing to give at least 5% of their salary for the placement services of a Staffing Agency; 24% are willing to give at...

Are Social Media & Mobile Apps Helping Your Job Search?

Posted by Alan L. Klein, CMO A New Survey Reveals How Digital Media Technologies Are Helping Jobseekers We’re listening to you! Home Office Careers has completed a survey of its members regarding the application of new and emerging digital technologies to the recruitment process. We want to understand the experiences and expectations of work-from-home jobseekers in using Social Media and Mobile Apps to gain access to work-from-home job offers and opportunities. We also explored Staffing Agencies and Freelancing Services, and we’ll cover these in a second blog next week. But today let’s see what we learned about Social Media and Mobile Apps. (read the full survey report) SOCIAL MEDIA Social Media are on everyone’s priority list these days, especially as they continue to affect all of our lives and have been connecting everybody with everyone else. Today we can’t escape hearing about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube . . . and the list goes on and grows with new Social Media services popping up with regularity. But what about the value of Social Media in helping us find work-from-home jobs and furthering our “Home Office Careers?” So we asked our members: “Have you searched for a work from home job using Social Media networks?” and then asked: “How useful do you think Social Media networks are in helping you to find a work from home job?” High Expectations But Mixed Results The survey found that nearly half of work-from-home jobseekers have high expectations for Social Media; they believe that the networking capabilities and reach to a wide audience to be valuable assets in the search, but they have experienced disappointing results to-date: Nearly half – 45% – of our members consider Social Networks to be useful in the search process, but the reality is less encouraging, with only 8% having found a job using Social Media. As...

Working From Home: The Power Of Persistence

This is a Home Office Careers Podcast, created to help you find a great work from home job. Whether it’s for full time or part time work, Home Office Careers is the leading employment resource for the new economy, and we’re dedicated 100% to helping our members find honest, good work they can do from their homes. So whether you are early in your career or have decades of experience, if you want to find a great home-based job, you’re in the right place. Click PLAY to hear the audio recording and read below for a full transcription! http://homeofficecareers.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Podcast-Persistence.mp3 Hello, I’m Alan Klein, Chief Marketing Officer of Home Office Careers. I’ve been helping people fulfill their working potential and achieve success throughout my own long career in advertising. I’ve worked with thousands of people and with hundreds of different types of employers, and I’ve learned through experience how to coach and train all kinds of people in career management. And nothing gives me greater satisfaction than being here at Home Office Careers, helping people benefit from the growing trend among employers who are hiring more employees to work from home. I want to speak with you today about the importance of persistence in your efforts to find a good work from home job.  Every day we receive requests from our members who are frustrated, especially because they have submitted applications to job offers, and have not received any acknowledgement or other notification from the employers they have applied to.  For example, here are typical comments: “I submitted 5 or 6 applications over the past few weeks and haven’t heard a thing. What’s wrong?” Or, “I’m giving up. No offers after a month of applications. Maybe there are no good jobs out there.” We can’t blame anyone who has had these experiences to feel frustrated, to become disappointed, and to...

The 3 Most Important Steps To Landing A Work From Home Job

This is a Home Office Careers Podcast, created to help you find a great work from home job. Whether it’s for full time or part time work, Home Office Careers is the leading employment resource for the new economy, and we’re dedicated 100% to helping our members find honest, good work they can do from their homes. So whether you are early in your career or have decades of experience, if you want to find a great home-based job, you’re in the right place. Click PLAY to hear the audio recording and read below for a full transcription!   TRANSCRIPTION: Hello, I’m Alan Klein, Chief Marketing Officer of Home Office Careers. I’ve been helping people fulfill their working potential and achieve success throughout my own long career in advertising. I’ve worked with thousands of people and with hundreds of different types of employers, and I’ve learned through experience how to coach and train all kinds of people in career management. And nothing gives me greater satisfaction than being here at Home Office Careers, helping people benefit from the growing trend among employers who are hiring more employees to work from home. So let’s get started with today’s subject:  The 3 Most Important Steps To Landing A Work From Home Job. As someone who wants to be able to work from home, you obviously want to be successful in getting a job that you will like, a job that will pay you fairly for your time and effort and will allow you to balance your work and family or personal life – after all, that’s why we want to be able to work from home. But getting that job takes work, and I want to be sure you are investing your time and energy doing the things that will help you to succeed. So, of all the things you need...

How To Create A Winning Cover Letter

Work from home jobseekers often ask us if a cover letter is necessary when submitting applications to job. There are three answers: Yes, definitely if the employer requests a cover letter as part of the application Yes, hopefully, if the employer provides the means to include it in the application, even if the cover letter is not requested No, but only when there is no request or way to include it with the application The reason to include a carefully crafted cover letter whenever you can is that it can be the single best way for you, the applicant to:  (1) Express your deep interest in the offer; (2) Quickly hit the high points of your qualifications; and (3) Serve up a sense of your unique personality and qualities. Let’s tackle each of these, and then I’ll show you how to write an effective one-page cover letter. Before getting into the specifics, though, let’s first understand the difference between a cover letter and a resume. The cover letter should not be a duplicate of the resume; instead, it should provide brief highlights and bring out how you are, as a person. As you may read in my recent blog “Your Resume Is An Advertisement For You” the resume is a one-two page summary of your job objective, your experience, your accomplishments and education, with some personal detail as appropriate. But the cover letter is different: It lets “you be you” to the employer, and get a few words in that show your interest, commitment and qualifications. The trick is to do all that on a single page. Let me show you how:   Top Of Page Contact Info & Addressee At the top of the letter, place your name and contact information, and if you have the name of the employer, insert “Dear (name).” If no name is available,...

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