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.
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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 no longer feel enthusiastic about their ability to find a good full time or part time work from home job.
These disappointments happen to good people who conduct a thorough search through the job offers we post on our Web site, and then submit an application for each job that interests them. These members have sharpened their resumes and their cover letters, and attached them to their applications. And then . . . nothing.
But the truth is, the opportunities are better than ever. More and more companies are hiring home-based workers, and in a few years, a majority of jobs will be for people who work from home rather than in the offices and premises of the employers. The point is, the jobs are out there, and are being filled. So my message to you is twofold:
Let’s think about each of these points.
Managing your expectations means accepting the reality that it takes more time and more applications than most aspiring home workers realize. If you have read our blogs or listened to our podcasts, you know that we put a lot of emphasis on an aggressive application process. Here’s why: It takes more time and more applications than most jobseekers realize. In most cases, you need at least 4 months and at least 40 or 50 applications to get that good job. This is why we encourage our members to sign on for longer-term Premium memberships; it may sound self-serving, but it’s a fact of the job-hunting process. Getting a job, any kind of job, takes time, so manage your expectations and give the search and application process the time it needs.
Now, what is a Strategy Of Persistence? Here’s a quick example. Did you know that professional writers who submit their novels and articles to publishers expect to be rejected. Not once or twice, not 10 or 20 times, but literally one hundred or more times. But they expect to be rejected or ignored and are not discouraged; instead, every rejection is matched by a multitude of additional submissions to other publishers and sometimes back to the same publishers. And sooner or later, the right publisher sees the novel or the article at the right time and bingo, a sale. This is persistence, the ability to keep trying, and instead of becoming discouraged, becoming even more determined with each setback.
Now, let’s apply a Strategy Of Persistence to the job-hunting process. Assume that you will not hear back from most employers – that’s a reality, so we need to get past it and move on to other employers.
Imagine you have submitted 10 applications during the past couple of weeks. That’s a good start, but it’s a start, a beginning. Plan to keep submitting applications every day if you can, or at least every few days. Keep track of them, and be proud when you’ve reached 40 applications. The see if you can get the applications up to 60. Then 80. Submit every application as if it’s a winner, the one that’s going to get the job. Keep a positive attitude, and do not let disappointment enter the picture. That’s a Strategy Of Persistence.
To ensure you have enough job offers to apply to, widen your job search into new career categories. There are 30 different job categories at Home Office Careers with over 1,000 offers so get browsing into fields that might be outside your comfort zone. Like Customer Support, and Healthcare, Administration and even Sales.
Summing up, say to yourself, “I can do this, I will succeed by persistence and confidence. No more discouragement, only optimism. Believe me, it will make the difference for you.
I hope you will use the social buttons to share this podcast with others, and please send any questions you may have for me to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is Alan Klein at Home Office Careers, wishing you success. Until the next time.