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Online Jobs Are Out There – But Where?
You've been sifting through online jobs and ads, but nothing seems to surface. Nothing seems to turn out to be anything at all. Maybe you desperately need a job. Maybe you're just trying to help supplement you bottom line. It doesn't matter. Finding an online job can be tough. I said “tough”, not out of the question.
Because of the internet, online jobs are becoming a very natural transition for many traditional office jobs. Think about it….there are virtual assistants, concierge service reps, help desk techs, catalog order takers, customer service agents – and the list goes on and on. These jobs at one time could have never been done from home. Now, because of the internet online jobs are seeing endless additions and options.
So how do you tap into this secret online jobs world and snag one of these jobs?
Online Jobs are Hidden Here
Before we start discussing searching online, how about we talk a little about offline searching. I talk to people every day that work at home and many of them approached their boss initially. They went to their boss with a professional and well thought out proposal. Some started working at home only one day a week – some two days a week. But eventually transitioned to working at home full time. If you currently have a job that you truly think you could do from home, then sit down and start writing out your proposal. The pros and the cons of working at home. Do you have the right equipment? Do you have a designated work area? Do you have a quiet work place? There are many things to think about.
Sure you can save money by not paying for gas, or work clothes or daycare……BUT – can you do your job at home? And what benefits are in it for your boss? Trying to call and confirm appointments for your boss with screaming kids in the background is NOT professional. Staying up late and not starting your job until 10:00 or 11:00 is NOT professional. You need to be organized and take it very seriously or you could be out of a job altogether.
Even if you don't have a job that could perhaps transition to an online job or home job, you might think about your town or city. Could you offer a service to any local businesses? Is there something you could do for them on a part time basis? Phone work? Data entry? Bookkeeping? You might print out some flyers or little “About Me” pamphlets showcasing what you offer. It could lead to a few jobs that allow you to work from home. Or even a permanent full time job.
Searching for Online Jobs, Where Else? Online.
Of course searching for an online job online makes sense. People wanting to hire online employees are hoping to hear from online candidates. Does this mean you can just email a response to a job ad? No. Many will. And they won't get hired. Always have a resume and a cover letter. Online jobs are like any other job out there – they are no different. You wouldn't show up in your PJs at a bank with your hair messy and your teeth not brushed and walk up to the manager and say…..”Hey! I'm looking for a job and saw your ad.”
So don't just email an employer and say….”I saw your job ad and I really need work. Can you hire me?” That will go over like a lead balloon. As it should.
Be professional. I promise it will take you further in the hiring process than not being professional.
Now – you can always do a search on Craigslist for online jobs – or you can go to one of the major job search sites like CareerBuilder or Monster. I personally prefer Beyond.com. I have had others tell me that's where they've gotten their online job or begun their online job search. You can post your resume, set up job search helper tools and it's all free. At the bare minimum – start with Beyond.com.
Doing daily searches or setting up your search helpers to do those searches for you each day and email them to you is a great way to start the online jobs search process. Find out what is out there, what you're qualified for and you'll start to see a path that you want to focus on. Then you can cater your cover letter to each job that interests you.
This is just the beginning steps – but these are good tips and ideas to get you started.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE JOBS SEARCH AND HELP INFORMATION