Are you a stay at home mom or dad who would like to work from home? Maybe you
have a job outside the home, but you're tired of juggling your job and your kids,
especially when your child is sick and needs you.
You'd like to work from home, but it seems as though there are no legitimate jobs out
there. You don't really want to start a home-based business from scratch, but would love
to work from home.
Well let me tell you a little secret, knowledge is power. And there are 15 strategies you
must apply if you want to be successful in landing a work at home job or contract
These 15 strategies will definitely help you beat out your competition.
Let me share with you 6 of the 15 strategies I've used and continue to use to increase my
chances of obtaining home-based jobs and contracts over and over again.
.1. You Must Acquire A Specialized Skill
The secret to landing a home-based job or independent contract and keeping it
forever is to acquire a specialized skill, or start a career in a field that is
completely recession proof and in high demand but has a low supply of skilled
For instance, people will always get sick. So therefore doctors will always need
Medical transcriptionists. Another example; companies will always have
quarterly meetings and will always need general transcriptionists to transcribe
reports, minutes, etc.
If you lose your home-based job today, you can apply for another one tomorrow
and land another job within a week or two. How am I so sure about this? Well
I've done it over and over again as a general transcriptionist, and Cyber Agent
(Call Center Customer Service Rep) for the past five and a half years. The jobs
and independent contracts in these fields are in abundance.
As an example, let's look at Medical Transcriptionist. Just go to your search engine and type in the keywords, "Medical Transcription Companies." You will see hundreds of medical transcription companies listed. Just visit a few of the
web sites and check to see if there's an "employment," "Career," "Join us,"
"Contact," etc., tab on the web site. I'm sure you'll find several job openings.
.2. Don't work at home for the wrong reasons.
Too many people want to work at home for the wrong reasons. Never tell an
employer that you want to work at home because you need to spend more time
with your children. That will certainly seem selfish to an employer, and you
would never get hired. Most employers don't care whether you want to stay at home with your children or not. Wanting to work from home to spend more time with your children is not really a wrong reason, but in an employer's mind it is.
Why not look at it this way; working from home would enable you to be more
productive in the sense that you would not miss work when your children are sick.
Also if some other family issues arise you can take care of it without calling in
sick. Wouldn't this be more beneficial to the employer instead of saying you
want to work at home to spend more time with the kids?
.3. Be Professional At All Times
When applying for a home-based job, never respond to an ad via email stating,
"I'm interested in the work-at-home (data entry) position." This is quite
unprofessional. Once you find a home-based job vacancy, apply by sending your cover letter and resume, or fill out an online application.
If the employer didn't ask for a cover letter in the job vacancy ad, please send one
anyway. Never send a resume without a cover letter. It will get thrown in the
trash. Please customize each cover letter with information tailored to that specific
.4. Never Send Your Resume As An Attachment Unless The ad States That You
Can Do So
The hiring manager might never open the attachment. Also, never copy and paste
your resume into the body of your email and send it to an employer. It will
change format by the time it reaches to the employer, and will look like a jumbled
mess. You must create an ASCII/Plain Text resume and cover letter. For more
information on how to do this please visit the following web sites,
.5. Follow Instructions
When responding to a job vacancy announcement please make sure you follow the ad instructions. If the ad asks for specific information please do exactly as it says. For instance, if the ad says, please describe home office equipment, make sure you mention in your cover letter exactly what equipment you have in your home office.
I was once commended by an employer for being the only job applicant, out of
hundreds to actually follow the specific instructions in the job ad. I was hired for this home-based job mainly because I followed instructions, not because I was more qualified than all the other applicants.
.6. Reduce Your Job Search Time
Finding a job using the Internet can be a frustrating, time-consuming endeavor
because there are literally 1000's of job boards and work at home resources. And
don't forget the Job newsgroups and the regional newspapers.
To be current on this information is essential. Let YourJobSearcher do the work
for you. This software is not only for 9-5 job searches. You can use it to find
telecommuting jobs also. All you have to do is download and install your Job
Search Program, enter your job description (home-based job title you desire),
click and begin the search. It's that easy.
About the Author
Vernette Carbon is the owner-publisher of AmazingWorkatHomeSecrets.com, and a
work at home mom with two children. Discover how you can work at home for Fortune-
500 companies like Office Depot, Sears, etc. To obtain a free report sent to your email
immediately visit: www.AmazingWorkathomeSecrets.com/intro_new.html or send a blank email to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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