Time Saving Tips For Work At Home Employment Search

by WorkFromHome on August 4, 2011

When you have taken the first step towards working from home, either as a freelancer or as a remote employee, you must realise that every day that you are not employed is another day without an income. The time you use searching for business opportunities or employment positions must be used to its fullest potential. In many cases, lack of time management has forced people to resume work in an office instead of fulfilling their dreams to do so from home.

The following tips are a good way to reduce the amount of time that is wasted while you are searching for work.

  1. Remember the golden rule: You must dedicate time to this endeavour to make it work. If you play all day while you are at home you will not earn any money. Dedicate a specific amount of time each day to finding work either as a telecommuter or freelancing.
  2. Only apply for positions or bid on freelance assignments that you can honestly complete. If you waste time applying for positions that you cannot possibly qualify for, you are simply wasting valuable time. While you should never turn your back on an opportunity, keep in mind that if you are competing against many other people for the same position.
  3. Only apply for positions, or make inquiries about business prospects that truly interest you or enhance your talents. One of the largest reasons for work at home failures is lack of interest in the position. If you are interested in a data processing job, do not waste your time applying for call centre positions. The same applies for business start-ups. If you do not foresee an enjoyable future in a company, there is no use wasting the time researching the prospect.
  4. Use job site search engines. Many employers have begun posting telecommuting positions on job boards. This should be the first place that you look for a position. It will reduce the amount of time you use when searching for opportunities.
  5. Join work at home forums. These forums are a great place to network with other people and learn new ideas, as well as gain support. These forums are often the first place to hear about new positions, and more popular forums are often a scouting ground by employers.
  6. Take advantage of Google alerts. The Google alerts program will allow you to create an alert about any subject matter and be notified as often as you wish when new items are posted to the Internet. Sign up for daily alerts on telecommuting positions or your business idea and be the first to know when there are new opportunities.
  7. Make sure your CV is updated. If you change your mobile number or your email address, immediately change it on your CV before you forget. You should also change this information immediately on any website that you have posted your CV to as well as with any HR department that you have applied to recently.
  8. Be prepared to interview. Once you begin placing your CV out for review you will eventually begin to receive requests for interviews. It is important that you are prepared for it whenever the event occurs. You do not want to be left stammering on the phone when an important employer calls.
  9. Network on and offline. It does not matter where you are, or what you are doing, there is always an opportunity to let someone know that you are looking for a freelance position or that you have created a new business.
  10. Avoid the Internet scams. This is perhaps the biggest time, and money, waster that a home based professional can encounter. While there is no way to determine if a business or job opportunity is a scam 100% of the time, the following indicators will help you avoid some of the more common scams.
    • Any opportunity that promises large amounts of money in relatively little time. There is no such thing – period.
    • Any opportunity that does not list contact information about the company on the website that is more than a web based email address
    • Any company that requests that you pay for information or an application
    • Any company that requires you to perform certain tasks, like sign up for services, before allowing you to apply
    • Any company or service that requests you perform work for free as a “trial” employment
    • Any company that has countless “testimonies” posted on their site with only a first name and last initial attached to them.

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