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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...

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 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...

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...

Are Your Work-From-Home Job Search Expectations Realistic?

In this blog, I’m going to share the results of our just-completed survey of work-from-home jobseekers, so that you can understand the realities of the search and hiring process, and perhaps adjust your approach with the tips we have distilled from this research. But first, let me explain why we conducted the survey. At Home Office Careers, we receive many positive communications from our members who find our 1,000+ validated and screened job offers to be a great resource in their efforts to secure real, honest work-from-home jobs. But we also receive many emails and calls from members who express disappointment that they have not yet landed a job and question, “what’s wrong?” So we conducted a survey among our members this month. Over 800 respondents completed the questionnaire, giving us a representative national sample of work-from-home jobseekers. That means that these findings are accurate to within a 95% level of confidence.   Here’s the topline: The survey finds that work-from-home jobseekers underestimate the time and effort required to obtain a home-based job. However, most are willing to adopt more realistic expectations of the time and proactive effort required, and recognize the value of professional help in finding screened, verified offers. Let’s look at these results in detail. First, jobseekers do not allow enough time to obtain a work-from-home job:   It Takes Longer Than You Think: More than half of those seeking work-from-home jobs–54%–believe it takes less than 4 months to obtain a job; 27% think it should take no more than 2 months.  Bu this does not agree with the reality and is refuted by a U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics report that it takes at least 3 to 4 months or more of searching before a job is landed. According to a Workopolis report, it will take an average of 16 weeks – 4 months –...

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