“i can type and do data entry. tell me if i can work.”
The errors above are not mine. This is a sample of a real email I received. Let me ask you; do you think this would result in a job? Of course not. First of all, I don’t think this person can type; at least not without errors. Second, she doesn’t indicate any experience she has in typing or data entry. Work-at-home jobs are like any other job. You have to be professional and have the skills the employer wants. Important things to keep in mind are:
1) Employers are looking for people with skills and experience. They aren’t looking for anybody who’s willing to sign up. They are looking for people who have the skills and ability to fill specific jobs.
2) You have to earn a job meaning you have to have better skills than the others who have applied. Especially now, the competition is fierce. You need to be the best candidate to do the job.
3) You need a quality resume that outlines your skills and experiences as they relate to the job. Your resume needs to be professional and also specific to the job. Don’t send a generic resume to everyone. Instead, rewrite it to fit each job you apply to.
4) Follow the directions the employer gives. The biggest complaint telecommuting employers have regarding telecommuting job applicants is that they don’t apply according to the directions. This would seem like a no-brianer, but it happens all the time. If the employer says send your resume in the body of an email, don’t attach it. If it wants a specific phrase in the subject line, use the phrase. Don’t make it easy for employers to weed you out because yo didn’t follow the directions for applying.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she’s been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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