Have you ever tried to buy the perfect present for someone you don’t know? It’s nearly impossible…and not very much fun. You don’t know where to look, and you end up wasting a lot of time hopping from site to site trying to find something that will jump out at you.
Jumping onto Google to find your next job – without knowing how to actually look for that job or what to do if you find it – is just as frustrating.
Even if you find the perfect position, what can you do to increase the odds you’ll score an interview?
Here are the 3 steps you need to finding, getting, and succeeding at a work-at-home job:
Google is a great tool for looking for jobs. There are 2 ways to use Google in your job search.
Use Google to find job listings. This is the most straightforward approach and will bring up thousands of search results. If you’re looking for chat job, for example, search “work at home chat jobs”. Your results screen may look something like the image.
You’ll get listing after listing of available chat jobs that you can do from home. You’ll have so many results you may feel overwhelmed. But check out Step 2 below for tips on how to navigate all of your results. Or, sign-up for an upcoming webinar for a live demonstration on how to look for jobs online.
You can also use Google to find and read blogs that highlight available jobs. In the same example, your search results may include blogs or articles that highlight companies hiring for remote chat positions. These articles will usually include links to those companies. Take the time to look through a few of these posts, too, as they may offer additional opportunities that otherwise aren’t listed in your search results.
It’s time to narrow your results down to the jobs that are more interesting and suitable for you. Here are 3 things to consider when deciding if you should apply for a job:
1. What is the required experience? Most job listing will include an experience requirement. For example, the chat position we looked at earlier may require 2-3 years in a customer service position. Focus your attention on positions that have requirements you can meet.
2. What is the salary range? Be realistic about the salary you want to make, and keep in mind that your salary may include more than just your paycheck. Pay attention to the health benefits, time off, and retirement plan each position offers as well.
3. What is the culture of the company? Company culture can make or break your happiness and success with your next job. When you’ve selected the jobs you’re interested in, spend time looking around each company’s website. Also check their social media channels. Does it seem like their values and message would line up with yours? Is it a company that you can see yourself growing with? If you’re not sure, check out this free download for more information on understanding a company’s culture.
Yes! You’ve narrowed your search down to just the jobs you want to apply for.
Before you start sending out your resume, read the instructions very carefully. Companies will often be very clear about how they want you to apply and what documentation you should include. If you don’t follow their instructions, you’re dooming yourself to the delete box.
Application methods may include any of the following:
It’s important to tailor your resume to each job, too. Look for key phrases in the job description and then identify areas in your own experience that correspond with those phrases. Play that experience up on your resume when you submit it for that particular job.
Customizing your resume for each application feels like a lot of work upfront, but it helps position you as a better candidate…and that makes you more likely to score an interview.
Get the confidence to stand out from the crowd. This free guide outlines: