Advice/Get a Work From Home Job

What are the best work from home and remote job sites for 2018?

What are the best work from home and remote job sites for 2018?

best work from home job sites

In 2018 the job listing websites have finally begun to catch up with the needs of the work from home employees and remote companies. Not only have the broader job boards finally added dedicated categories and search features to locate 100% remote jobs, but the number of dedicated websites to work from home job listings has exploded. Here are the sites reported as most useful so far in 2018.

Flexjobs.com

Remote.co/remote-jobs

Weworkremotely.com

GoRemoteJobs.com

CareerBuilder.com

Indeed.com

Jobspresso.co

Authenticjobs.com

VirtualVocations.com

EuropeRemotely.com

Keep in mind that the best remote jobs are flooded with responses as soon as they post but most people tend to just apply and wait. They never hear back because the people who came out on top learned how to show that they were the best candidates. For them, the resume slush pile is for other people.

To learn how they did it, I offer webinars on how to get the best work from home jobs from anywhere without previous experience. Add your email below to receive an alert message before the next webinar fills up.

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What should I never say in a remote job interview?

What should I never say in a remote job interview?

Don't say the wrong things in a work from home job interview

When it comes to interviewing there are a lot of dos and don’ts. One wrong word or response can kill your chances for landing the job. 

When interviewing for a remote position, there is even more on the line. You may never get the chance to impress your future boss face to face. Video may be all you’ve got. So as General George S. Patton famously remarked:

A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.

Watch the video, take the course and save your own blood. You need it.

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What are the most important steps for landing a work from home job?

What are the most important steps for landing a work from home job?

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The best way to land a work from home job involves three critical factors:

  1. Skills Qualification
  2. Getting past the application slush pile
  3. Showing you can work from home

Skills Qualification
Showing that you have the skills required to do the job is fundamental to landing any job regardless if it’s in an office or remote. Managers searching for the best candidates to work from home tend to look a lot closer at past experience, education and skills than office-based managers since they can’t actually watch you doing the job when hired. Gut feeling and trust plays more of a role in the hiring process which means that along with being very clear about your qualifications you should do everything you can in your written and verbal communication to project confidence in yourself and skills. When I interview candidates I can hear a clear difference between “I think I can” versus “I know I can.” Be the candidate who “knows.”

Getting past the application slush pile
You know you are the best candidate for the job but what if I told you that there was a 98% chance that your application, cover letter and resume will never be seen by a human and you will be rejected because a computer program’s matching algorithm was only configured to match on a very specific pattern in every resume and yours was 1% off. Would you even bother applying?

Don’t trust the first layer of bureaucracy, human or machine, to recognize the perfect candidate (which is you, of course). Instead, use your Google search skills to track down the email address and phone number of the person at the company who is most likely to be responsible for the position you applying for.

It’s not as difficult as it sounds and you can probably find them in fewer than 5 minutes. Email them an introductory email and include your resume. Explain that you have questions that you would like to discuss before applying. If it’s not the right person, they will usually send you to the person who is. Don’t underestimate how helpful people will be for someone who is politely and professionally reaching out. If your email doesn’t receive a response, call them. Be polite, respectful and persistent.

Showing you can work from home

Before you get deep into a discussion with a potential employer and long before you get that first interview, learn how you can show that you are more than capable of working remotely without constant supervision. If you have never worked from home before, learn about the ups and downs and successful tactics of people who work at home full time. Quora is an amazing resource and packed with helpful threads on this subject. This step is often overlooked and is responsible for many people losing out to another candidate who may not have better job qualifications but could convincingly demonstrate that they could manage themselves from home.

This process works. Period. You will get a great work from home job if you can address these three points. If you’d like more help with landing the perfect work from home position, I offer webinars on how to get the best work from home jobs from anywhere without previous experience. Add your email below to receive an alert message before the next webinar fills up.

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How do I make applying online work for me?

How do I make applying online work for me?

how to make applying online work for you

Online job sites are helpful when seeking a job but they won’t get you very far if you rely on them alone. Once you locate an open position that you are qualified for, you should go ahead and follow the instructions for applying exactly as they are written. Be certain that you don’t miss a step or leave out any required information. However, you aren’t going to stop there.

In order to be one of the few who actually land an interview, you need to reach out to the appropriate person in the company directly. Research who is mostly likely the supervisor over the position you are applying for. This may seem difficult at first but it really isn’t. You can usually find the right person’s name and contact information within 5 to 10 minutes. Start with the company’s contact us or about us pages then try searching Google, LinkedIn, etc.

Once you have an email address that seems most likely, send an email with your resume attached and explain how you are the perfect candidate for the job. Also let them know that you followed the instructions in the job ad but you were so interested in the job that you wanted to speak to the person over the position directly.

If you are feeling apprehensive about reaching out personally to the company you just applied to, remember that if you did get the job the person on the other end will likely be your new supervisor. Why not start talking to them now?

While you are job hunting, be sure to keep an eye out for work from home positions. They provide a fantastic lifestyle, lower stress and the greatest flexibility. I offer webinars on how to get the best work from home jobs from anywhere without previous experience. Add your email below to receive an alert message before the next webinar fills up.

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How do I hire work from home employees for a new remote company?

How do I hire work from home employees for a new remote company?

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Staffing your new online company isn’t the same as hiring from a local pool of talent to work in an office. Not only do the employees need to be good at the job for which you are hiring them, they also need to fit the profile of a good work from home employee.

Not every office denizen can work from home. Many successful office employees have tried to work from home full-time and floundered. The mentality needed is different. Work from home employees not only need to be talented in the roles for which you are hiring them, they also need to be self-motivated, independent thinkers who are driven to meet deadlines and goals and not just work when they think someone is watching.

Hire experienced remote workers first, even if you have to hire from time zones further away than you had wanted or across multiple borders. Great remote workers don’t care much about 8 to 5 working hours. If your company keeps 8 to 5 hours in Pacific Time, then they’ll be there for you when you need them. When you must hire special talent who have never worked from home before, make sure they fit the self-managing, independent mold. The best remote workers have an entrepreneurial mentality that will resonate with you. Snap them up as soon as you find them.

I also advise that you don’t hold employees to standard working hours or require that they be online during your entire workday. Holding team members to the yardstick of deadlines and quantifiable goals means that they are working to reach an end result not punch a clock. The same employee who was off and on all day Monday will probably put in 12 hours on Thursday. It’s a good idea to have remote employees log time, especially for projects but judge results before judging daily hour totals.

This leads me to hiring managers. When you get to this point, keep in mind that work from home managers not only need to be solid and reliable remote employees just like the talent placed underneath them, they also need to have experience managing a distributed workforce.

Throwing an career office manager into a role managing a team of work from home professionals is a sure-fire recipe for mutiny and disaster. Great work from home managers are almost unicorns and when you find a good one, don’t let them go. They will allow you to scale your remote company beyond the level where others have failed.

Along with advising companies on remote workforce and work from home success strategies, I also run regular webinars to help aspiring remote workers land the best work from home jobs from anywhere without previous experience. Add your email below to receive an alert message before the next webinar fills up.

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Can work ever have real meaning?

Can work ever have real meaning?

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As a work from home trainer I get a lot of similar questions about remote work and finding a job in general. The other day someone asked me a doozy that made me pause. Is work ever truly meaningful?

I’m not a philosopher but to me work can be meaningful in two ways. It’s either directly meaningful to you in that it gives you a feeling of deep satisfaction, purpose and accomplishment (but maybe not on Mondays) or it can be indirectly meaningful to you because it is directly meaningful to the beneficiaries of your work which then positively impacts the way you feel about showing up every day (except Mondays).

But I bet you are still wondering how in the heck it works since you have probably never had a job that seemed meaningful to you or anyone you know.

Our society views some work as being intrinsically and unquestionably meaningful but we can’t all rescue babies from burning buildings for a living. There are plenty of jobs that exist because something needs to be done.

In those cases, whether the work is meaningful or not comes down to perspective. One person’s soulless daily grind is another person’s reason to get up in the morning. If I am employed to sweep a section of Market Street every week day I can either view it as having to clean up after a bunch of unappreciative, slovenly narcissists who should have learned to pick up after themselves in kindergarten or I can view it as a direct and meaningful way to make my city better. It’s not saving whales or curing cancer but that doesn’t matter.

The indirectly meaningful work is often much less obvious. It can be hard to extract a sense of satisfying purpose when tightening an identical bolt on an assembly line day after day even if you know that some parts you touched are used to build ambulances that save lives.

Working on something and never seeing the end result can suck the joy out of the best jobs a little bit each day until you can no longer be bothered to get dressed in the morning. This is as common in the corporate world as it is in a worldwide manufacturing supply chain and prompts millions of underpaid flunkies to ask the same question.

One way to uncover meaning from your labors is to seek a job with a short path between your actions and the recipients of your labors no matter how unpleasant the work. I may hate chopping onions but seeing people eagerly line up to buy a bowl of soup I helped make creates a nice feedback loop. My analytical brain tells me that chopping onions or making soup isn’t meaningful by itself but recognizing that people look forward to eating it makes all the difference.

I assume that if you made it this far you are looking for work that is meaningful to you. I guarantee it’s out there somewhere. I found mine helping people leave their office jobs to work from home where life is less stressful and work is much more satisfying. If this sounds interesting to you (if not meaningful), check out my webinars on landing the best work from home jobs from anywhere without previous experience. Add your email below to receive an alert message before the next webinar fills up.

Advice/Advice for Work From Home Warriors & Wannabees

What is the best productivity technique for working from home?

What is the best productivity technique for working from home?

get more done in less time

Looking for a productivity method for improving your Work From Home performance? Need to get more done? Want more free time? Without a doubt, The Pomodoro Technique is an almost foolproof way to get more done in less time.

Pomodoro Technique – Wikipedia

From the Wikipedia article:

  1. Decide on the task to be done.
  2. Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes)
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings.
  4. After the timer rings, put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
  5. If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 2.
  6. After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.

Along with this, when you take your well earned breaks which are part of the technique, really do something else that is not work. Go walk around the block, get a snack, or even go sit in your car. If you are lucky enough to work from home, go play with the dog, fold some laundry or empty the dishwasher. Do things that will take your mind off of what you are working on. If it’s an unsolved problem, your brain will still keep working on it in the background and often works better when you aren’t bothering it.

Of course, for a work from home job, productivity is only half the battle. Want to learn how to convince an employer that you can handle your work from home? Add your email below to receive an alert message before the next webinar fills up.

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Why don’t some people believe Working From Home is a real job?

Why don’t some people believe Working From Home is a real job?

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I have been working from home for over 13 years in total in my career and I have heard many comments to the effect that it’s not a “real job.” In conversations with other remote work professionals I have categorized some of the reasons behind the reaction.

Some people can’t relate
It’s not an age thing. Some people just don’t get that people can work without a boss standing over their desk and without the incessant distractions of an office environment. These head scratchers making faces at your reply to “where do you work” are often the same people that haunt Facebook from their cubicle all day and leave early when their boss is out of the office. By comparison, most people working from home find that they are more focused and productive under “home” conditions than in an office and don’t give a flip about who is watching.

People literally cannot connect the dots
People have been involved in non-housework employment for much longer than people think. I recently wrote an article entitled “Working From Home: 1909 Style” and in the 1960’s Dame Vera Stephanie “Steve” Shirley was running a software development company in the UK, hiring women to program from home. Imagine having to phone or mail in your code, but they did it.

Even today when people of all ages have at least a passing familiarity with the Internet, many older people just can’t connect up what they understand about digital connectivity: Skyping with the grandkids, email, texting, etc, with how someone would be able to effectively communicate to coworkers plus gather and deliver information well enough to get anything done.

They convert it to what they know
As a way of throwing your “work from home” response into a pigeonhole that they can comprehend, older people, especially, come up with ways to equate it with “online jobs” that they have come across in popular traditional media. I had an elderly neighbor who once asked me what I do since I always seemed to be around. I later learned that she was telling everyone else in the neighborhood that I was buying and selling stuff on eBay. In reality, I’m a VP at a tech company with a 100% distributed workforce. I didn’t tell her my job in that way, but I’m certain I never said eBay.

In her mind, a little box opened up where she had stored some impossible online job she had heard about on Good Morning America and I got crammed into the box with a bunch of other “people who do impossible jobs.” And, of course, in the minds of people like that, those “impossible” methods of earning money aren’t real jobs at all so yours can’t be either.

So what do you do about it?

People in technology, complicated science fields or entrepreneurship learn early on to come up with a short, easily digestible explanation of what they do. Something that doesn’t leave people with a blank stare. You can do the same. Just add on that you are lucky enough to do an office job from home.

For those that can do it, working from home is one of the most satisfying ways to make a living regardless of your profession. Be proud of the fact that you are ahead of the curve.

Now go sit on your front porch and get something done.

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