Tips on How to Get Data Entry Work

by WorkFromHome on March 29, 2011

Data entry work is a field that is as wide and varied as it is popular with employees who want to work at home. This means that while you may be able to find data entry work that is both satisfying and financially worth your time, you will have to compete with other qualified professionals to do so. Use these tips to find the best prospects and to help your application to stand out.

Be Sceptical

If it sounds like it is too good to be true, then unfortunately it probably is. Be wary of any and all job advertisements that claim that they will pay you a ridiculous amount of money for very little work. You also should approach the job descriptions themselves with a healthy dose of scepticism. If the job description is vague or poorly written then it may not be a legitimate company. Even if it is, do you really want to work with someone who would put out such an advertisement? Assume that job listings are not real until they are proven otherwise to keep yourself from getting carried away with excitement over a job listing.

Stay Sharp

Every profession has its own set of buzzwords and current technology, and data entry work is no different. Taking the time to update your resume to include two most relevant descriptions of your skill set will mean showing that you are at the top of your game to potential employers. If you have been out of the work force for a while you may benefit from purchasing a data entry instruction book or even taking a refresher course in the newest software programs used in your particular niche.

Communicate Clearly

While you might love the solitude of performing your data entry work from the comfort of your own home, getting that data entry work means maintaining excellent communication skills for use with potential and current clients. Prior to accepting an assignment, you should ask the client questions regarding the specific tasks required of you as well as the terms of payment.

During your work on the assignment you will need to communicate with the client any additional questions as well as any unexpected delays in the delivery of your work to the client. Maintaining this professional communication will make the client much more likely to contract your data entry services again the future.

Go Out Of The Job Search Engine Box

While job search engines can be a good place to begin your search for data entry work, they often yield only scams or listings that receive hundreds of other resumes. Leverage your professional and personal networks through web forums and social networking services to find out about a need for data entry work before the job listing is put out there on the web. By making it known that you are actively seeking data entry work, you will be putting yourself ahead of the many other data entry workers who are looking for the same work as you.

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