With today's technology, there are more opportunities than ever to work from home. More and more companies are pivoting to remote jobs to save money on office space and utilities, and to help prevent the spread of illness, which can lead to lost productivity. While it's not everyone's cup of tea, working from home can be ideal for you if you're taking care of children or loved ones and need a flexible schedule. Both full- and part-time remote jobs are available, depending on your job needs.
There are a lot of benefits to working from home. With no commute, you can gain hours that would otherwise be spent on the road or on public transit, while saving money on gas and car maintenance. Another plus? You can customize your home office to fit your needs. With wireless internet and VPN networks, you can be connected at home like you would be in an office.
If you're ready to start working remotely, start with this list of current openings for administrative jobs. You can also look at:
The education and training you need to do a remote job will vary based on your position. Some remote jobs require only a high school diploma, while others require advanced degrees and years of work experience. Regardless of the type of work you do at home, you'll definitely need certain skills and equipment, including:
How do you write a resume for a remote job? That depends on the type of work you're applying for. You should tailor your resume to each job posting to emphasize the skills and experience that are relevant for that position, along with any technologies you know that help you to work remotely, such as videoconferencing software and communications platforms. To help you out, Monster offers an extensive resource with samples of resumes by occupation and tips on writing a resume.
Once you've got a resume ready, you can move on to your cover letter. A cover letter is important because it lets you explain how your skills will help you to add value to the company while showcasing your personality and communication style. For easy-to-follow tips on how to write a cover letter that stands out, visit our comprehensive cover letter samples and suggestions for how to write a cover letter.
If you're interviewing for a work-from-home job, you'll most likely be interviewed remotely as well. But being interviewed via a computer screen doesn't change the fact that you need to be prepared, professional, and properly dressed.
Start by researching the company and learning about the services or products it offers. Then, rehearse responses to some of the questions you may be asked. Finally, on the day the interview arrives, make sure all your technology is working correctly, set up an unobtrusive background, and make sure to look at the camera and stay focused and visibly engaged throughout the interview. Even without the firm handshake, the interview should feel like a conversation.
You're not in an office, but that doesn't mean you should earn less than what you're worth based on your skills and experience. For information on salaries, visit Monster's Salary Guide and enter your job title. You can research the pay for a job based on the national median salary or the median salary in a specific area. You'll also find articles on how to maximize your earning potential on the tool's main page.
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