The evolution of technology has made work-from-home jobs a thing of great convenience, especially when remote working has seen such a huge boom due to Covid-19. Thanks to new-age apps, and internet tools like Google Hangouts, Skype, and Zoom, many companies smoothly manage business in which employees work-from-home, from co-working spaces in different cities, or from anywhere with good internet connection and work conducive environment.
About a decade ago, a search for “work from home” jobs would more often than not lead you to a scam artist than to a legitimate opportunity. Today, the job landscape has taken a 360-degree turn; but has your job-search methodology changed along with it?
Job hunting, whether for work from home jobs or office, has always been a tumultuous task. If not done with the right thought process, you can find yourself caught up in a rut of uninteresting work, bad team or worse bosses.
So, as you hit the job market, here are a few tips to find the right work from home job for you:
1. Define your goals
Looking for the perfect work from home job does not begin by just cruising through job sites. You need to take a few steps back. Start assessing your ambitions and your purpose. Asking the following questions to yourself will give you clarity about your priorities and the adjustments you want to make.
- How will a work from home job benefit you?
- Is it only for flexibility? Are you looking for opportunities outside your city?
- How many hours you can put in each week and what would you like your work hours to be?
- Do you want this to be a permanent lifestyle or are you open to a hybrid working model?
- What is your desired salary scale?
- What are your expectations in terms of growth and promotions?
- Are you open to job opportunities outside your area of experience?
Answering these queries will help you draw a clear picture of your goals and the tradeoffs you need to make. Based on this you can shortlist the right jobs to apply for and ignore the opportunities that do not match your priorities.
2. Alter your resume
Use the insights derivative of the previous exercise to create a resume that explains your goals and aspirations. But remember, every resume you create should be customized for a specific job application. Each CV should only entail the information that is most relevant to the concerned job opening.
There are several tips available online to assist you with drafting an impressionable resume. You can also choose to work with a professional resume writer or avail some of the top resume writing services available online.
3. Tap into your network
When it comes to work from home job openings, networking and referrals are so vital. After all, a company has to have greater trust established in a work from home scenario than they would if their employees were physically accessible at an office.
So, draw off your network and make use of any connections to companies that hire work from home or remote employees.
If you live in a city, look out for work from home networking events where you are certain to meet entrepreneurs, employees and other people in a flexible work situation.
4. Utilize freelance sites smartly
If you’re on the lookout for freelance work, it’s easier to find work from home or remote gigs. The disadvantage is that these may not be consistent opportunities and the pay may well be meager.
Obviously, this depends on your industry, but since most of these jobs are straightforwardly outsourced they do not offer great compensation.
However, if you search for ongoing or contract-based positions in particular, you’ll have greater chances of being successful.
5. Target startups
Startups are definitely quicker than large scale businesses at finalizing hiring decisions. If you want to find a work-from home job fast, then start-ups are an option to consider.
They are also easier to approach and it’s usually the founders who take care of the hiring themselves. If they like you, they will quickly offer you a package as opposed to bigger companies.
Startups also hold far better opportunities for growth than set organizations. And they are not fixated at working from office which is the case in midsized or larger organizations.
In the aftermath of Covid-19, people have begun to realize the benefits of working from home like saving time on commute and managing home as well as work effectively. However, it is also important to protect yourself from scams and cons which can put you at risk.
Don’t give out personal information unless absolutely sure, be well aware and do thorough background checks before you take any opportunity ahead.
– Article by Vanshika Goenka Founder and CEO Kool Kanya
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