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The Top 5 Career Blogs

The Top 5 Career Blogs are great online resources that we, here at Home Office Careers, recommend to our members. The Top 5 Career Blogs are insightful, full of passion and commitment to helping people: find jobs, start new careers, write better resumes, improve interviewing skills, networking and much more. Whether you are in the middle of your career, just getting started or you’ve been at this for a long time, regardless of where you are in your life – you will find very useful information in these resources. There are thousands of good career blogs and resources to find information about how to get a job or improve your interview techniques. There are career blogs targeted for specific niches and there are others that are more main stream and have a wide appeal. To help our members here at Home Office Careers find the best information for their careers, we have created a Top 5 Career Blog List. Now, this isn’t to say that there are not many other fabulous career blogs online, so what we did was find 5 really unique and helpful sites that we thought would be among the 5 best to recommend to our members.   The Top 5 Career Blogs are listed below in alphabetical order. I would like to congratulate each of these blogs, their owners and writers that put so much time and effort into creating the content that helps people and their careers!   The Top 5 Career Blogs CAREEREALISM Classy Career Girl Kathy Caprino Ms. Career Girl Undercover Recruiter   Each of the winners was interviewed with a few general questions about their career blog. Here is information about these resources and how they came to be so popular:   CAREEREALISM CAREEREALISM is a fun and exciting blog to help your career. I really like the CAREEREALISM site layout...

How To Ace The Virtual Interview

At Home Office Careers our members often ask, “Is there going to be an interview if I apply for a work from home job?” The answer is “yes, possibly.” If the applicant is a serious candidate for the job, an important step in the evaluation process may be the interview, because an employer wants to get to know the candidate, just as in a traditional, on-premises application process. But as we’ll discuss below, the interview of the home-based job seeker will almost always be a virtual interview, conducted electronically, with the participants being hundreds or even thousands of miles apart. While not every job you apply to and are considered for will involve an interview, I recommend you be prepared for the day an interview is scheduled. In fact, as a candidate for a work from home job, you should realize the importance employers place on trying to get to know you before making an offer. This is confirmed by research: We recently conducted a survey among the HR managers of organizations across the U.S., and one of our findings is that employers find it harder to recruit work from home employees compared to traditional employees: “Two-thirds (65.1%) of HR managers consider home-based workers more difficult to hire than on-premises employees; and this is especially so for full time job applicants.” You can read the full research report by clicking here. One of the key reasons for this is the inability or inconvenience of meeting the applicant in person. But that does not mean there is not going be an interview – quite the contrary, since the employer does want to “meet” you. Expect A Virtual Interview: But unlike a traditional interview, the work from home job applicant’s interview is likely to be a “virtual interview,” conducted remotely. You might live on the West Coast and the employer could...

The Ultimate Job Search Strategy for Continuous Employment

The Ultimate Jobs Search Strategy for Continuous Employment was developed based on data from many top sources, like the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and independent data from HomeOfficeCareers.com. The purpose of the strategy is to help people find jobs faster, get started working sooner and most important of all, to stay employed without having periods of unemployment. You can go online, as I have, and you can find many fine articles and resources about the best job search strategies. Most of these resources say pretty much the same thing, such as, be proactive, apply to a lot of jobs and know your abilities. But what each of these job strategies are missing is the advice on how to keep from being unemployed. The Job Search Strategy I teach our members here at HomeOfficeCareers.com is to always be searching for a job, even after you are employed. The recommendation is as follows: If you are currently unemployed and looking for work, then you should search our website daily for new work from home positions posted, and then once you have begun work, continue to search our jobs once to twice per week thereafter. Right now, you are either thinking of one of two things; either you think I’m crazy to recommend to people to keep looking for jobs even after they start working, or you understand the logic I am sharing with you. Carefully read the data in the next two paragraphs and then you will understand why this is a logical and wise strategy to keep yourself employed. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics; it takes the average person 3-4 months to get a job when they’re unemployed. But, roughly 30% of unemployed people will be that way for more than a year. People age 18 to 34 are going to average more than 10 different...

More Successful Job Applications

This blog provides actionable recommendations for work from home job seekers, plus some advice for employers on how to improve the application process for applicants – and for themselves.   “My job applications are not being responded to.”   You are not alone. As we see more and more people being able to work from home – an observation that was strongly supported by the recent “2016 Survey of HR Managers” (more about that survey in a moment), we are also seeing increasing concerns from work from home job seekers whose applications have not been responded to by employers. It’s easy to understand the frustrations of the job seekers: They invest time, energy and even passion in completing each application with care, attaching a customized resume and then hitting that all-important “Submit” button. There may be an instant “Thank you” generated automatically when the application is submitted, but then, most of the time, nothing else happens. The application has disappeared into cyberspace, never to be heard from again. It is important to understand why job applications are frequently not acknowledged and what you, as a work from home job seeker, can do about it by becoming proactive.   This is not the way things used to be.   First, let’s understand why employers are not getting back to you. In a pre-digital world, job applications were submitted by mail, and common courtesies dictated that a member of the employer’s staff would send a polite acknowledgement, and an assurance that the application would receive the employer’s full attention. Then typically in the next step, if the applicant was not accepted, a brief letter of notification would follow, expressing regret and saying that the candidate’s resume would be kept on file for further openings. Of course, this is no longer how it works. Today’s employers are less responsive; maybe it’s the...

How Long Should It Take to Get A Job?

Finding a job takes longer than most job seekers think. With millions of Americans unemployed and millions more under-employed, one of the most common concerns job seekers have is how long it will take for them to become employed. The duration of unemployment and the time it takes to search jobs, go through the hiring process and then start working can be quite lengthy. A job search can take more time depending on many factors such as the jobs industry, the state of the economy (is job growth contracting or increasing), the type of job and the amount of income you require. The reality is, there is no exact amount of days it will take to find a job because there are too many factors involved, but what I have done in this report is review some recent research and opinions from top online publications, to give you are a general idea of what you, the job seeker should expect for the amount of time it should take you to find a job. Duration of Unemployment varies greatly especially during times of economic recession where searching jobs becomes much more difficult. But in general, based on data from the US labor department and several other top sources, a job seeker can expect to take 3 to 6 months to get a job. Unfortunately, almost a third of unemployed workers will stay without a job for more than a year. To avoid the dreaded long-term unemployment, which is to be without a job for more than 27 weeks, it’s essential that job seekers follow what I call the 3 “P’s”; Proactive, Perseverant & Patient. Following this strategy will help keep job seekers on track to finding a job sooner than later.   Unemployed vs Under-employed This article is about the duration of unemployment and the expected time it could take...

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