Everyone knows how to fill out job applications or to provide resumes to prospective employers when they go out to find a job. However, few people are aware of the differences in applying for work at home positions, and you need to understand exactly what you need to do so that you can get the jobs that you want. First of all, you usually don’t need a standard resume, because most people who work at home do projects, rather than holding a full-time position. You need to learn how to do a freelance or contractor resume and make sure to accentuate what you’ve done for the project companies you’ve worked with. Here are some more tips to help you when it comes to applying for work at home jobs:
-Don’t list any projects that are more than a year old, unless you’ve been working on one long-standing project. Stick with the most recent and most relevant projects depending on the job that you’re applying for.
-If you have no direct experience for the position, do whatever you can to prove how your skills will be useful to the position that you seek even if they aren’t exactly what the company is looking for.
-Be personal, while maintaining a professional image. The internet is a fast-paced world and the people hiring you don’t have time to read through all the formalities, the big words, and flashy talk. You need to just put yourself out there, saying that you want the job and that you’re the best person for it.
-Fluff is for pillows. Save your breath. Get to the point. These people don’t have all day to read resumes, letters of interest, or your CV. Have a 1-page limit on your resume or CV with a clause telling them that additional information is available if they want it. Limit yourself to 1/3 to 2/3 of a page in your letter of interest or email that goes along with your resume.
-Never send a blank email with just a resume attached unless specifically directed to do so. The email itself is your chance to introduce yourself. Essentially, it’s your virtual cover letter.
-Never provide ‘samples’ that aren’t copyrighted or have already been used without proof of who you’re sending them to. Some companies will request this and then take your ‘original sample’ and use it without ever actually responding to you or giving you a job. It’s free labor for them.
These are some useful tips that should help you in your next work at home application process. If companies ever ask for information that is too personal, take the time to learn more about them. Most importantly, don’t answer any questions that you don’t feel comfortable with, because your security is priority number one with work at home applications.