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Placers Presents: Five Tips for Searching for Remote Work

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When combined with raising children as a stay-at-home mom or dad, finding a traditional full-time job outside the home may not be the optimal solution. Many parents with young children at home are often faced with the challenge of not being able to work full-time hours, but still want and need to remain in the workforce as an active contributor. Here are five tips to consider when searching for remote work.

TAKE AN HONEST ASSESSMENT

Before beginning your job search journey, it’s important to take an honest assessment of the following:

  • How many hours and days are you willing to work?
  • Are you willing to change your daily routine to accommodate working from home?
  • Will you require benefits such as healthcare or paid time off?
  • Are you willing to be responsible for your own taxes if you secured a contract (1099) job?
  • Are you seeking a long-term employee (W2) position or a temporary short-term position?

By responding to these questions, your job search will be hyper-focused and more effective. Parents of young children can often be subjected to the pressures of finding life/work balance. Therefore, starting your job search with a laser-focused approach will be most effective.

UNDERSTAND THE JARGON

While working from home can conjure up thoughts of working in your pajamas, many people may fail to realize that working from home is in fact — work. It’s important to understand the different search terms used today that may describe an element of telecommuting to help your job search:

  • Remote/Virtual — this popular ‘umbrella’ term is commonly used to describe work that can be done from a specified location outside a traditional workplace environment.
  • Work from home — employers may require contractors or temporary workers to be available for specific hours as well as having a professional home office set up that includes a PC or laptop, high-speed internet access or a webcam.

GET ORGANIZED

Stay at home moms and dads understand the importance of being organized when dealing with raising young children and their daily demands. Adding a job search to the mix doesn’t have to create additional chaos. Take advantage of online calendars such as ICAL. Create a spreadsheet in Google sheets or MS Excel to keep track of jobs you have applied for, capture company URLs, and interview dates.

FOLLOW DIRECTIONS

When applying for work from home jobs, it’s important to read and understand the entire job description and follow all directions. For instance, if the job application requires attaching a resume and cover letter, attaching these items as requested will not only demonstrate that you can follow directions but will increase your chances of being noticed by a prospective employer.

 

USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Because many stay at home parents actively use social media to post cute pictures of their kids and capture special events, they may already be familiar with using social media. Be sure to access telecommute and work from home groups to network and discover companies that are currently seeking to hire remote workers.

Searching for remote work doesn’t have to be a complicated endeavor. By remaining vigilant and focused in your job search and using these tips, you can increase your chances of securing your work at home dream job that will give you the work-life balance you’ve always wanted.

Placers Presents: Five Tips for Searching for Remote Work

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When combined with raising children as a stay-at-home mom or dad, finding a traditional full-time job outside the home may not be the optimal solution. Many parents with young children at home are often faced with the challenge of not being able to work full-time hours, but still want and need to remain in the workforce as an active contributor. Here are five tips to consider when searching for remote work.

TAKE AN HONEST ASSESSMENT

Before beginning your job search journey, it’s important to take an honest assessment of the following:

  • How many hours and days are you willing to work?
  • Are you willing to change your daily routine to accommodate working from home?
  • Will you require benefits such as healthcare or paid time off?
  • Are you willing to be responsible for your own taxes if you secured a contract (1099) job?
  • Are you seeking a long-term employee (W2) position or a temporary short-term position?

By responding to these questions, your job search will be hyper-focused and more effective. Parents of young children can often be subjected to the pressures of finding life/work balance. Therefore, starting your job search with a laser-focused approach will be most effective.

UNDERSTAND THE JARGON

While working from home can conjure up thoughts of working in your pajamas, many people may fail to realize that working from home is in fact — work. It’s important to understand the different search terms used today that may describe an element of telecommuting to help your job search:

  • Remote/Virtual — this popular ‘umbrella’ term is commonly used to describe work that can be done from a specified location outside a traditional workplace environment.
  • Work from home — employers may require contractors or temporary workers to be available for specific hours as well as having a professional home office set up that includes a PC or laptop, high-speed internet access or a webcam.

GET ORGANIZED

Stay at home moms and dads understand the importance of being organized when dealing with raising young children and their daily demands. Adding a job search to the mix doesn’t have to create additional chaos. Take advantage of online calendars such as ICAL. Create a spreadsheet in Google sheets or MS Excel to keep track of jobs you have applied for, capture company URLs, and interview dates.

FOLLOW DIRECTIONS

When applying for work from home jobs, it’s important to read and understand the entire job description and follow all directions. For instance, if the job application requires attaching a resume and cover letter, attaching these items as requested will not only demonstrate that you can follow directions but will increase your chances of being noticed by a prospective employer.

 

USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Because many stay at home parents actively use social media to post cute pictures of their kids and capture special events, they may already be familiar with using social media. Be sure to access telecommute and work from home groups to network and discover companies that are currently seeking to hire remote workers.

Searching for remote work doesn’t have to be a complicated endeavor. By remaining vigilant and focused in your job search and using these tips, you can increase your chances of securing your work at home dream job that will give you the work-life balance you’ve always wanted.

Placers Presents: Five Tips for Searching for Remote Work

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When combined with raising children as a stay-at-home mom or dad, finding a traditional full-time job outside the home may not be the optimal solution. Many parents with young children at home are often faced with the challenge of not being able to work full-time hours, but still want and need to remain in the workforce as an active contributor. Here are five tips to consider when searching for remote work.

TAKE AN HONEST ASSESSMENT

Before beginning your job search journey, it’s important to take an honest assessment of the following:

  • How many hours and days are you willing to work?
  • Are you willing to change your daily routine to accommodate working from home?
  • Will you require benefits such as healthcare or paid time off?
  • Are you willing to be responsible for your own taxes if you secured a contract (1099) job?
  • Are you seeking a long-term employee (W2) position or a temporary short-term position?

By responding to these questions, your job search will be hyper-focused and more effective. Parents of young children can often be subjected to the pressures of finding life/work balance. Therefore, starting your job search with a laser-focused approach will be most effective.

UNDERSTAND THE JARGON

While working from home can conjure up thoughts of working in your pajamas, many people may fail to realize that working from home is in fact — work. It’s important to understand the different search terms used today that may describe an element of telecommuting to help your job search:

  • Remote/Virtual — this popular ‘umbrella’ term is commonly used to describe work that can be done from a specified location outside a traditional workplace environment.
  • Work from home — employers may require contractors or temporary workers to be available for specific hours as well as having a professional home office set up that includes a PC or laptop, high-speed internet access or a webcam.

GET ORGANIZED

Stay at home moms and dads understand the importance of being organized when dealing with raising young children and their daily demands. Adding a job search to the mix doesn’t have to create additional chaos. Take advantage of online calendars such as ICAL. Create a spreadsheet in Google sheets or MS Excel to keep track of jobs you have applied for, capture company URLs, and interview dates.

FOLLOW DIRECTIONS

When applying for work from home jobs, it’s important to read and understand the entire job description and follow all directions. For instance, if the job application requires attaching a resume and cover letter, attaching these items as requested will not only demonstrate that you can follow directions but will increase your chances of being noticed by a prospective employer.

 

USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Because many stay at home parents actively use social media to post cute pictures of their kids and capture special events, they may already be familiar with using social media. Be sure to access telecommute and work from home groups to network and discover companies that are currently seeking to hire remote workers.

Searching for remote work doesn’t have to be a complicated endeavor. By remaining vigilant and focused in your job search and using these tips, you can increase your chances of securing your work at home dream job that will give you the work-life balance you’ve always wanted.

Placers Presents: Five Tips for Searching for Remote Work

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When combined with raising children as a stay-at-home mom or dad, finding a traditional full-time job outside the home may not be the optimal solution. Many parents with young children at home are often faced with the challenge of not being able to work full-time hours, but still want and need to remain in the workforce as an active contributor. Here are five tips to consider when searching for remote work.

TAKE AN HONEST ASSESSMENT

Before beginning your job search journey, it’s important to take an honest assessment of the following:

  • How many hours and days are you willing to work?
  • Are you willing to change your daily routine to accommodate working from home?
  • Will you require benefits such as healthcare or paid time off?
  • Are you willing to be responsible for your own taxes if you secured a contract (1099) job?
  • Are you seeking a long-term employee (W2) position or a temporary short-term position?

By responding to these questions, your job search will be hyper-focused and more effective. Parents of young children can often be subjected to the pressures of finding life/work balance. Therefore, starting your job search with a laser-focused approach will be most effective.

UNDERSTAND THE JARGON

While working from home can conjure up thoughts of working in your pajamas, many people may fail to realize that working from home is in fact — work. It’s important to understand the different search terms used today that may describe an element of telecommuting to help your job search:

  • Remote/Virtual — this popular ‘umbrella’ term is commonly used to describe work that can be done from a specified location outside a traditional workplace environment.
  • Work from home — employers may require contractors or temporary workers to be available for specific hours as well as having a professional home office set up that includes a PC or laptop, high-speed internet access or a webcam.

GET ORGANIZED

Stay at home moms and dads understand the importance of being organized when dealing with raising young children and their daily demands. Adding a job search to the mix doesn’t have to create additional chaos. Take advantage of online calendars such as ICAL. Create a spreadsheet in Google sheets or MS Excel to keep track of jobs you have applied for, capture company URLs, and interview dates.

FOLLOW DIRECTIONS

When applying for work from home jobs, it’s important to read and understand the entire job description and follow all directions. For instance, if the job application requires attaching a resume and cover letter, attaching these items as requested will not only demonstrate that you can follow directions but will increase your chances of being noticed by a prospective employer.

 

USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Because many stay at home parents actively use social media to post cute pictures of their kids and capture special events, they may already be familiar with using social media. Be sure to access telecommute and work from home groups to network and discover companies that are currently seeking to hire remote workers.

Searching for remote work doesn’t have to be a complicated endeavor. By remaining vigilant and focused in your job search and using these tips, you can increase your chances of securing your work at home dream job that will give you the work-life balance you’ve always wanted.

Placers Presents: Five Tips for a Winning Resume

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Do you want to get a potential employer’s attention? Many times, their first impression of you is through your resume. That’s why you want to make sure it grabs attention for all the right reasons. Here are five tips to write a resume that sets you above the competition:

Tip 1: Ditch the Templates

Resume templates can give you a good idea of the general information to include. However, if you stick too closely to them, your resume will end up looking like hundreds of others. For competitive or in-demand positions, you’ll need every advantage. Customizing your resume can help.

Tip 2: Keep it Readable

Employers don’t want to read a novel for every applicant. If they see a wall of text that goes on for pages, your resume will probably end up in the ’round file.’ Here are a few tips for boosting readability:

  • Use bullet points, especially to list dates, technical information, or skills.
  • Break information up with headers.
  • Keep the sections small. Paragraphs of 3-5 sentences are your friends.
  • Include lines and graphics to add visual interest. Don’t go overboard.
  • Pick a highly readable and professional looking font. Aim for 10-12 points. You can’t go wrong with classics like Garamond or highly readable options like Arial.

Tip 3: Include Vital Information

You might be surprised by how many people don’t include a contact number or email in their resume. This kind of slip-up can sink your application before it starts, so doublecheck that you’ve included them. Also, make sure that your included email is professional and features your name. If you don’t have one, get one.

Other vital information can include your education, certifications and awards you may have, relevant skills, and other languages spoken. All of these details could give you a competitive edge.

Tip 4: What Not to Include

There’s no need to draw attention to gaps in your education or job history; you can cover this during the job interview.

Don’t include your age, gender, or a photograph unless it’s relevant to the job itself.

Finally, don’t include references. You’ll likely be expected to have these available, but you produce them later in the application process.

Tip 4: Tailor Your Resume

Every time you apply, look over your resume and tailor it to the job you want. Potential employers can see a generic resume from a mile away. While tailoring this document, take a second look at the company or job listing. If they’re asking for a specific skill or work experience, make sure you highlight that.

 

One trick here is to use the exact phrases in the job ad. These will jump out to employers who are skimming through dozens of applications. Also, remember that many resumes are handled by application tracking systems. These programs scan your resume for certain information and keywords. If you don’t include them, it’s unlikely a human will see your resume.

Tip 5: Proofread Before Sending

When you’re tailoring a resume again and again, it’s easy for small spelling and grammar errors to creep in. However, these are unprofessional. You don’t want to miss out on a dream job due to a little mistake like this. Automatic spell checkers help but do miss some mistakes. Try reading your resume aloud and asking someone else to doublecheck things.

At Placers, we believe in putting people first. We want to find the right fit for each job seeker’s skills and career goals. Now that you’ve polished off your resume, are you ready to find an exciting job in the Delaware area? Call us at 302-709-0973 or visit our website to learn more.

Placers Presents: Five Tips for a Winning Resume

  by    0   0

Do you want to get a potential employer’s attention? Many times, their first impression of you is through your resume. That’s why you want to make sure it grabs attention for all the right reasons. Here are five tips to write a resume that sets you above the competition:

Tip 1: Ditch the Templates

Resume templates can give you a good idea of the general information to include. However, if you stick too closely to them, your resume will end up looking like hundreds of others. For competitive or in-demand positions, you’ll need every advantage. Customizing your resume can help.

Tip 2: Keep it Readable

Employers don’t want to read a novel for every applicant. If they see a wall of text that goes on for pages, your resume will probably end up in the ’round file.’ Here are a few tips for boosting readability:

  • Use bullet points, especially to list dates, technical information, or skills.
  • Break information up with headers.
  • Keep the sections small. Paragraphs of 3-5 sentences are your friends.
  • Include lines and graphics to add visual interest. Don’t go overboard.
  • Pick a highly readable and professional looking font. Aim for 10-12 points. You can’t go wrong with classics like Garamond or highly readable options like Arial.

Tip 3: Include Vital Information

You might be surprised by how many people don’t include a contact number or email in their resume. This kind of slip-up can sink your application before it starts, so doublecheck that you’ve included them. Also, make sure that your included email is professional and features your name. If you don’t have one, get one.

Other vital information can include your education, certifications and awards you may have, relevant skills, and other languages spoken. All of these details could give you a competitive edge.

Tip 4: What Not to Include

There’s no need to draw attention to gaps in your education or job history; you can cover this during the job interview.

Don’t include your age, gender, or a photograph unless it’s relevant to the job itself.

Finally, don’t include references. You’ll likely be expected to have these available, but you produce them later in the application process.

Tip 4: Tailor Your Resume

Every time you apply, look over your resume and tailor it to the job you want. Potential employers can see a generic resume from a mile away. While tailoring this document, take a second look at the company or job listing. If they’re asking for a specific skill or work experience, make sure you highlight that.

 

One trick here is to use the exact phrases in the job ad. These will jump out to employers who are skimming through dozens of applications. Also, remember that many resumes are handled by application tracking systems. These programs scan your resume for certain information and keywords. If you don’t include them, it’s unlikely a human will see your resume.

Tip 5: Proofread Before Sending

When you’re tailoring a resume again and again, it’s easy for small spelling and grammar errors to creep in. However, these are unprofessional. You don’t want to miss out on a dream job due to a little mistake like this. Automatic spell checkers help but do miss some mistakes. Try reading your resume aloud and asking someone else to doublecheck things.

At Placers, we believe in putting people first. We want to find the right fit for each job seeker’s skills and career goals. Now that you’ve polished off your resume, are you ready to find an exciting job in the Delaware area? Call us at 302-709-0973 or visit our website to learn more.