By Market News Video Staff, Friday, October 19, 5:06 PM ET
Last week in this column we reviewed the various steps you can take to avoid scams in the work-at-home world. Click HERE to read. Now we’ll take a look at how to find a legitimate job – one for which you don’t need to commute very far!
In this rapidly expanding field a number of well-known companies are now using home-based workers. At American Express (NYSE:AXP), for example, you’ll find information by going to www.americanexpress.com and then on the left under “Company Information” clicking on “Careers.” The process is similar for most companies -- with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) simply go to www.amazon.com and at the bottom of the home page in the “Get To Know Us” section, click on “Careers.”
Follow the same steps for most companies, such as Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and the Home Shopping Network. If the links are not so obvious then on the home page go to “Contact Us” and either e-mail or telephone the company.
Many of the standard job listing sites have working at home sections. Check with CareerBuilder, Craigslist, HotJobs, Monster.com (NYSE:MWW), SimplyHired and Yahoo!(NASDAQ:YHOO).
With an at-home job it’s highly unlikely you will have an in person interview – unless you actually live near the company that’s hiring. Instead, interviews are done by phone or a Skype video call. If this is your first time for this type of interview, do some preparation in advance.
Begin by reviewing your traditional resume. Then write down some specifics relating to the position you’re seeking. Two points to emphasize:
1 Projects or tasks you have completed on your own – that is without close supervision. You want to reassure the person interviewing you that you are self-motivated, that you can organize and work through assignments without a boss in the next office or cubicle.
2 Indicate that you would welcome training sessions and that you have a facility for learning new software programs. And, have in your mind or on paper, specific details about your computer, Internet access, browsers, printer, etc.
If you have had experience with video conferencing and power point programs, be ready to discuss them.
3 Be sure to mention any volunteer work you’ve done recently, especially if it involved independent projects, making telephone calls, posting content to a blog, research and the like.
If the interview is via Skype, dress carefully. You don’t need to wear a custom made Italian suit, but you should look business like. Secondly, your desk should not be so cluttered as to give the impression that you’re disorganized. And, third, think in terms of what the camera can see -- what’s on the walls around you, for example.
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