When I started searching for a work-from-home job I had a blasé attitude about it. I was sure my experience would speak for itself and I would hardly have to lift a finger to find a job.
I carried that attitude with me for at least several months and with no leads until I realized there was actual work involved in finding a job. And after being out of the race for nine years, I soon learned there was more to it than just applying online and waiting for a phone call or email.
Remember the saying “The early bird gets the worm”? If you want to be the early bird there are some things you have to be proactive and consistent about in your job search to put your resume ahead of the other candidates.
Let’s go over those real quick:
Update Your Resume
The first thing to do is make sure your resume is current. If you have work-from-home experience, make a separate section so that it stands out from your onsite history.
I recommend having a resume tailored to different types of jobs. For example, I have one focused on my sales/admin experience and another when I worked as a coach leader.
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Create A Profile On Job Search Sites
Take advantage job search sites that offer free profiles. Once a profile is created and you’ve uploaded your resume you can apply for jobs with just the click of a couple buttons.
Prepare Cover Letter Templates
Create at least two cover letter templates. Like my resume I have one version describing my sales/admin skills and experience and another detailing my coach leader/management experience. This keeps a cover letter focused on the skillset that’s described on the job listing.
Searching For Work-from-Home Jobs
Search and apply for work-from-home jobs every day. Keep a folder to bookmark your favorite sites and make it part of your daily things to do.
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Follow Up On Your Applications
After you’ve submitted an application, it’s important to follow up. Reach out to the recruiter or hiring manager will surely demonstrate how serious you are about the job.
Promote Your Skills and Experience On Social Media
When marketing your skills and experience use the power of social media. Just remember not all social sites may work. In this case I would go with LinkedIn. It’s a great place to set up your profile and list your employment history and accomplishments. Many recruiters search through LinkedIn profiles for candidates.
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You’re probably wondering about Facebook. If your profile is loaded with pictures of you partying and drinking it up with your friends that might not be the site you want a potential employer to view.
Just keep in mind recruiters do conduct an online search to learn more about you before contacting you for an interview.
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One Last Tip – Your Email Address & Signature
Make sure you have a professional email and avoid using email user names like email@example.com. Create an email signature that includes your name and contact information such as your Social Media handles, a URL if you have an online resume and a reliable phone number so recruiters can reach you.
There You Have It
I’m sure by now you’re realizing searching for jobs really is a job in itself. But if you keep these things in mind I know you will do just fine. And remember I am always here to help if you need it! Good luck!