Imagine rolling out of bed, walking down the hall, powering up your computer, donning a headset, and reporting for work. That day has come in the form of homeshoring. Originally homeshoring jobs were related to virtual call centres and customer service. But as more and more companies look for ways to save money, they are turning to home-based workers, creating their own homeshoring programs. Here's how to get hired for homeshoring jobs.
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Understand that homeshoring jobs are much like traditional jobs, they are just done at home. That means they will have real job titles like "Customer Service" not bogus ones like "e-mail processor." They will also have a process to get hired that will include an application or resume, an interview, and maybe a test or submission of sample work. What you will not find are jobs that you can simply sign up for.
Make a list of your skills and experience. Homeshoring jobs are like traditional jobs in that you will need to show an employer that you have the skills to do the job.
Search for jobs that fit your skills. If you have experience in retail, search for homeshoring jobs in customer service. While you will use keywords related to working from home to do your search, remember that you want to focus on job types you are skilled to do.
Use job search sites to find jobs. Employers with job openings post their jobs on their own sites as well as job search sites, not on search engines.
Use homeshoring keywords to find the jobs. Homeshoring is not a term used very much so use words like "work-at-home" (in quotes) and telecommuting.
Search the results for jobs related to your skills. Scams and business offers are listed on job search sites. Learn how to screen them out (see below in Warnings). Some sites like Careerbuilder will let you filter your results by jobs types such as "Customer Service."
Follow the directions for applying. Companies with homeshoring jobs complain that one of the biggest problems applicants have is that they do not follow the directions for applying for a job. Read the directions carefully, supplying only the information it wants in the way that it wants it. Do not send a resume as an attachment unless it specifically tells you to do so.
Apply until you are hired. The most frustrating part of applying to homeshoring jobs is that you often do not get a response to your application. While it's acceptable to follow-up on an application a couple of weeks later, the reality is that you probably will not hear back on that either. So you have to keep moving forward; search for jobs and apply until you do get a response.
Do not work without a contract. Before starting work, make sure you have something in writing that outlines the work, how and when you will get paid, and other important information about the job. Working without a contract gives you little recourse if the company does not pay you. Protect yourself by getting everything in writing.
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Tips and warnings
- While posting your resume at the job search sites makes it easy to submit it to jobs you find, do not expect an employer to come looking for you. Companies do not have to search for employees. They post an ad and let the potential employers come to them. The only e-mails you are going to get by submitting your resume online is from scammers.
- While homeshoring jobs are plentiful, they can be hard to find in between the scams and business opportunities. Here's some tips for avoiding scams.
- 1) Never pay money for a job. Legitimate employers will never charge to hire you. (This rule is for employment only, not home business).
- 2) Stay away from envelope stuffing, assembly work, e-mail processing, rebate processing, payment processing, anything wanting you to cash a big check in you bank account and send a large sum of it elsewhere, typing, and data entry.
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