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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...

The Top 5 Qualities Work from Home Employees Need

When I think about working from home and the lifestyle attached to it, I come to think of a few different qualities that I’ve seen in myself, and in others, that make it work and are successful with this lifestyle. Here is a list of those five traits that will help you in your work from home career.   1. Determination Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you can kick your feet up and relax. Contrary to all those work from home myths out there, working from home requires dedication, determination, and hard work like any other typical job. You need to work really hard in the beginning to make sure that you are developing the willpower to face the issues plagued by new remote workers.   2. Reliability There can be many more distractions at home than in the office, especially if you are also a working parent or have family dropping in often, so you need to be reliable to your employer. Getting your work in on time is of paramount importance. I’d also like to put in a word of caution here, being reliable doesn’t necessarily mean being speedy. Don’t set an expectation with your boss that you can’t keep. Telling them you will get something done and meeting that deadline consistently is preferable to the employee that always turns in sloppy work early.   3. Organization Since you are in charge of your office space and time delegation, you need to keep track of all your work – whether that is important files, emails, documents, etc. I have a post sharing organization that you may want to read for more info but the basics are simple; spend time every day making sure your work is in order. If you lose something important, there isn’t a tech team around or a co-worker that also...

Beat Work from Home Stress With These 5 Tips

Work of all kinds, even when you have the benefit of working from home, can bring about all kinds of stress and take a toll on both your body and mind. Here, I’ve gathered some handy tips and ideas for hobbies and activities you can add to your day to day life to help you relieve that stress and lead a more relaxed life.   1. Use adult coloring books Coloring, despite what you may have been lead to believe, is not actually an activity just for children. I purchased my own adult coloring book recently and couldn’t believe how fun and therapeutic this practice was. Coloring, when you spend time daily to focus on it, can bring about effects similar to meditation since you have to block out what is around you to focus on this fun art form. Some coloring books I would recommend include any by Johanna Basford (she is very talented) as well as others that are themed after mandalas. Amazon even calls these books “leisure arts – cheaper than therapists” and I certainly agree!   2. Write down your feelings or something completely make believe As a freelance writer, it makes sense that I would love to write. But what you may not know is I love creating poetry in my spare time. Whether your write professionally or not, writing out your feelings by keeping a journal or turning those feelings into poetry or even creating a fiction novel is a great way to blow off steam after a long day.   3. Spend more time with your pets If you are a pet owner, you know the amazing power they have to make you smile no matter what kind of day you’ve had. So, why not spend more time making them feel good? Adding in ten minutes of play time with your pets...

How to Schedule a Vacation When You Work From Home

If you are a remote worker, scheduling a vacation may be harder than you initially thought. This year has been a trying one for me and my family (you may know this if you read about my journey into freelance) and as such, my husband and I really need a vacation. Even though I have been working from home for over five years this is actually my first year doing so as a freelance writer. As a freelancer, all of my money comes from assignments with multiple clients rather than from one remote job where I have benefits and vacation times available. Meaning it’s all up to me. I decide when and where I go, without the need to run it by a boss. That’s not as awesome as it sounds. It means that I either have to get the same amount of work done in half the time, or I have to forgo some work and have less money that month. And let’s be real here, if I’m on vacation I’m already spending a lot of money so it’s likely that my four day trip will leave me with some very low funds. So, how am I going to plan my vacation so that I don’t end up losing money? Below I’m going to go over how I am planning my vacation as a freelancer, just in case some of you are in a similar situation, and then below that I’m going to share with you some vacation planning tips for other types of work from home jobs.   How to have a vacation when you work freelance   Here is the bare bones plan for remote, freelance workers like myself: Crunch numbers Create a plan of attack Notify clients Have a heck of a lot of fun First, I need to make sure I understand the ins...

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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