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Top 7 Secrets You Must Know Before Applying For Online Jobs
By Olukay Samuel
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Believe me, there are real home based jobs, but what most of the work at home sites omit in their information packages is that it takes work to get work. Finding a telecommuting job can be a full time job in itself, but if you don't have all the facts, you will be spinning your wheels trying to get somewhere or you will probably give up within a few weeks. That would be a shame, because there aren't enough high quality telecommuters as it is!
- Never Pay For A Job
How many times have you responded to a job ad, only to be told, "Great to have you aboard! Now as soon as you send in your $24.95 processing fee, we'll start your training!" The fact of the matter is, no legitimate company is going to charge you a fee to work for them. If you are asked for a fee - run as fast as you can in the other direction! Seriously, have you ever been asked for money when applying for an onsite job? Of course not. Follow this rule and you'll be safe: Never pay for a job!
- Following Instructions In Job Ads
The worst thing you can do when applying for a job is to not follow the instructions in the ad. I can't tell you how many applicants I have disqualified for not following instructions. If the ad says, "No attachments", then copy and paste your resume into the body of the email - don't attach it. A lot of companies have software that automatically delete emails with attachments. If the ad says to attach your resume, attach it. If the ad asks specific questions, then answer them. Do not just send them an email saying, "Send me more information about the job". Not only is that not following instructions - it's downright rude and there is absolutely no chance that you will be hired. Bottom line, if you can't follow instructions during the application process, then how can you be expected to follow instructions for the job?
- Don't Waste Time On Scams
It's sad, but true - there are plenty of people out there who can't wait to part you from your money and give you nothing in return. Remember, a legitimate company will never ask you for money. Some of the most common scams include Envelope Stuffing, processing orders from Home, home typists with no experience, craft and product assembly, and email processors. The best clue to whether or not an ad is a scam is if it asks you for any money to work for them. Never pay for a job and you will always stay scam-free!
- What It Takes To Be A Telecommuter
Do you have what it takes to be a telecommuter? Many people decide they want to work from home, then once they get started, they find it's not for them. Why? Because they don't possess these qualities: Self-Motivation: You need to be self-motivated, anticipate what needs to be done, and do it. Self-Reliance: You need to be able to find the answers on your own and get the job done. Organization: You need to be organized - your files, your desk, and your time. You cannot afford to miss deadlines because you aren't able to locate crucial files. Optimism: Stay optimistic and keep your spirits high.
- Use Newspaper Articles As A Source For Hidden Job Markets
Your most effective tool in finding a great work at home job is to spend your time wisely, seeking out all the hidden job markets and finding jobs that others are missing. One of the best sources of current jobs is right in your local newspaper, and I donŽt mean the job ads. Look in the articles and business profiles to find the names of company owners, then call them up and explain what you do. Make sure you mention that you read about them in the local paper and you enjoyed what the article said about them. This is a great "door opener".
- Plan Your Service Offerings
The key to your success as a telecommuter is that you need to understand how very easy it can be to become full-time employed from home, if you come to the employer with a pre-packaged set of applied skills to offer. Instead of waiting for jobs to pop up on the internet, where youŽll have to compete with thousands of other jobseekers just to get the job, you should create a set of service offerings, decide how you will package the service, and approach prospective customers with a pre-planned and organized package of services they are likely interested in. You can create your own jobs if you know what to say to employers and how to offer your defined services to answer their needs effectively.
- Using The Phone To Contact New Customers
It never hurts to pick up the phone and set up appointments to show your service offerings. Too many home-based workers are afraid of marketing, and this is the biggest hurdle youŽll need to cross to make it as a telecommuter. Use your local phone book and look for customers that fit with the service you provide. When you do any kind of "cold calling", create a spreadsheet and enter each contact you are going to call that day. Organize it so that you can keep track of all your calls, what happened during the call, and whether or not you need to follow up with a letter or have made an appointment. Choose your target market carefully, and simply look in your local Yellow Pages for every company that is in that target market. Call each of them, one by one, and make notes on each call as you go. Normally, you shouldnŽt have to make very many calls before you are able to set an appointment, if you have done your research first and are calling the right person. The main thing to remember is that you are offering a service, but more importantly, you are introducing yourself to fellow businesspeople. You donŽt have to sell anything on your first call. Your goal is not to sell your services today. Your goal should be to introduce yourself, set an appointment, or get permission to send them your materials.
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Article Submitted On: March 16, 2011