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Your Resume Is An Advertisement For You

I’ve been helping people fulfill their working potential and achieve success throughout a 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:  What can advertising teach you about how to create a more effective resume? This will make sense once you realize that your resume is really an “advertisement for you.” Advertising is all about persuasive communications, so let’s treat your resume in that context, as an advertisement that would impress Madison Avenue, and that would be proud of. First, I want to make sure you understand the importance of having a good resume – because it’s something you will definitely need as a work from home job seeker. A resume is a summary of your relevant education and work experience and you should see it as a demonstration of your potential for work-from-home positions. You probably already know about resumes, or CVs as they are called internationally. Most online job applications will request that you attach your resume to the job application, or in some cases, they’ll instruct you to copy and paste the text of the resume directly into the application. Either way, your resume is being requested because it’s the single best way an employer can make an evaluation of you, the job applicant. Now, since the resume is going to help the employer learn about you to decide whether you are qualified for the job being offered, doesn’t it make sense to make sure that the resume is doing its absolute...

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...

Landing A Great Work From Home Job

You’re ready to starting working from home. You’ve heard the promises: No more commuting; more time with your family; flexible working hours; greater control over your life. You may be thinking of some of the other benefits – protecting the environment by driving less, avoiding workplace politics and finally doing what you want, when you want. You are right to want and expect all of this. Whether it’s for full time or part-time employment, long term jobs or short term assignments, it’s exciting to want to join the rapidly expanding army of people who have work from home jobs and no longer have to report day in, day out to an office or other place of employment. But you first need to manage your expectations and recognize that you are not alone in your dream: While companies large and small are projecting more outsourced workers in 2016 and beyond, the demand by workers exceeds the job opportunities available. To stand apart from the majority of job searchers and increase the chances of finding and landing the job you want, some extra help finding a job is needed. You are going to have to work at this, so let me share 6 essential steps distilled from experience to help you to land a great work-at-home job.   1. Work From Home Job Categories Getting started may be the hardest part of the online job search for good work-at-home jobs. As a very first step, an important consideration is to ask yourself “What type of job are you going to be happy with”? Base your answer on your experience, your education, and your interests. You may continue to do what you have done, or perhaps it’s a good time to do something else – enter a category of work-at-home that you’ve thought about and wondered if you could ever make the...

10 Unconventional Work From Home Tips

Hello there remote warriors! Today I’m sharing with you ten unconventional tips to stay on track during your work from home journey. Most of these tips apply to people that already work from home but the first few can also be applied to people trying to get into the career path of a remote worker.   1. Keep a regular list of possible job opportunities Some work from home jobs are temporary, or simply don’t pay as well as you’d like, so keeping a rolling list of places you can send applications is not only helpful for an emergency unemployment situation — it also sends the message to yourself that you are worth more. Never settle for less than you deserve. By subscribing to Home Office Careers, you can get jobs sent to your inbox on the daily and conduct your own job search!   2. Apply, even if you aren’t completely qualified for the job I read an article recently that talked about the differences between male and female applications that said men apply for jobs, even if they are missing some of the qualifications, and are more willing to ask for more than a woman would. That scared me because I’ve done both of those things. I could have 9/10 qualifications and I’ll chicken out and close the application. Whether you are male or female ignore that fear that you aren’t qualified enough for this work from home job, you can learn as you go in most cases as long as you understand the aim of the position and have some of the skills described.   3. Have three (or more) resumes Many remote workers are looking for multiple jobs in different industries, yet still only have one resume. I’m guilty of this. Having multiple resumes to highlight different aspects of your experiences and job aims will...

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