Work from home jobs | Remote work
Looking for that dream job? The one where you can work from home? Here are some top tips on how to make yourself stand out from the crowd, and we have even thrown in a few websites where you can search for those work from home jobs.
We have put together a few of the leading places to look for remote working opportunities, also known as work from home jobs.
No-one said you had to remain in the same place, or even country, when doing remote work – but we will cover that in another section.
Jobs and resume websites
How do you find work from home jobs?
Let’s start at the very beginning – what type of work do you want to do? I know that may sound obvious, but you should try to have clear objectives when looking at the job boards.
What type of work do you want to do
- Do you have a specialist skill set
- Do you want to try a new career
- Do you want full-time or part-time work
- Do you have a specific company in mind
- Do you have a minimum salary in mind
Think about your work history
- This will help you decide how you want to approach completing job application forms, or even updating your CV
- Do you have existing experience in this field of work
- Can you showcase some examples of the type of work you have previously undertaken
- Are you returning to work after a career break
- Are you moving to a new area of work
- Can you include information on your experience and how it will help you in your new role
- Is this your first job
- Can you include types of activities, such as volunteering, to help show your work ethic and commitment
Create a CV (resume)
Short and snappy, or long and detailed? There is a current trend for larger organisations to use AI (artificial intelligence) to screen job applications before finally being passed to a human for further review. With that in mind you should consider the best approach to completing your application so it will pass this hurdle. Using a company that speciliases in CV/resume writing might be something you want to consider.
- Use phrases included in the job description.
- Check you meet any requirements.
- Use active verbs.
- Use a spell-checker as there should be no spelling or grammar mistakes.
- Avoid using phrases such as ‘team player’, ‘hardworking’ and ‘multitasker’, these are too generic and don’t really say anything about you as an individual.
- Tailor your CV to the job you are applying for.
- Include details of your previous working history.
- Use a current, sensible, email address.
For example – Lovebunny@gmail.com might have once been okay to use, but does it portray the right image when applying for a managerial position?
Where do I find work from home jobs
- Most jobs are posted on-line, generally through job websites such as Indeed, Flexjobs, ZipJob, etc.
- Some companies have a ‘recruitment’ or ‘careers’ section on their own company website. This requires you to return to their website regularly to see what openings have been listed.
- Another option is to register with online job agencies who try and match you directly with potential employers.
- Don’t forget professional forums and websites such as LinkedIn as they also offer job opportunities.
- Have a look at the job websites listed above and see if any of them are right for you – and remember to use your current updated CV.
Completing the job application
Take your time! This is an extremely important step and you shouldn’t rush it.
- Read over the job description and ensure you understand thoroughly what they require you to do. This could include things such as:
- Do they want your work history listed in reverse order.
- Do they want examples of specific tasks you have completed.
- Do they want you to suggest a salary.
- Do they want you to include a photograph.
- Do they want you to provide proof of right to work.
- Whatever you do make sure you complete it in the fashion that they want. And remember to meet any deadline!
- Now sit back and wait.
You got an interview!
Well done – you got an interview. Have you been rehearsing what you are going to say?
- The best advice we can give is to practice in front of a mirror and speak out loud. Seriously!
- It is very easy to run answers through in your head but then when you come to say it out loud you get all muddled and lose your thread. The best way to deal with this is to actually stand in front of the mirror, look at yourself, and say your answers out loud. Do this several times until you are comfortable with what you are saying.
- Remember to carry out as much research about the job role as possible. Is there anything that you can introduce in the conversation which shows you are genuinely interested in what is currently happening within their organisation.
- Try and make yourself stand out and be remembered (for the right reasons) over the next applicant.
Remember you only get one chance at making a first impression!
Working from home jobs are out there and hopefully we have given you some suggestions on how to go out and get one. Take things step by step and you should be on your way to securing that work from home job that you have always wanted. Good luck guys.