How About Some Good News For A Change

Posted by | December 9, 2013 | Advice, Blog

Everywhere you turn there seems to be bad news these days; The economy, layoffs, foreclosures. But here\’s something that is sure to brighten your day. Home based and virtual home office jobs are expected to actually GROW in 2014. Here\’s what you need to know:

The Work At Home Trend
Actually, the trend towards working at home really started to gain momentum a few years ago. But now that cutbacks with many top employers have begun to threaten productivity, managers are looking for ways to keep their workforce while still staying within budget.

Hiring a virtual (home based) work force makes sense.

Just ask Cassie Jennings, a Homeworkersnet.commember who was hired to work at home for Unum last year. She loves her job, but especially enjoys staying at home with her infant son. \”I was so happy after to land this great job. I basically help customers with their insurance policies. I work on my computer and sometimes via telephone and earn about $13.50 per hour. I love it! And I actually save money by not having to gas up the car, buy work clothes and pay for a babysitter.\”

Unum now has nearly 1,000 employees who work at home across the United States and experts to hire more in 2010. Unum spokesman M.C. Guenther said the insurance company continues to expand its use of WORK AT HOME OPTIONS for the growing number of employees who volunteer for such jobs. (These jobs will be posted on so please login weekly to check for updates. It\’s free!)

Another insurance company – BlueCross also plans to hire more telecommuters. According to manager Jeff Wakefield, BlueCross plans to double its telecommuting staff in the next year. “So far, the program is working very well with all types of jobs in our business,” he said. “We’re able to communicate with and monitor the activities of our at-home workers throughout the day, and many have found such an arrangement to be more productive for them and us.”

You will also see home based customer service opportunities with Aetna, Asurion and many others. Login to see current opportunities.

Looking at 2014 and What YOU Will Need To Get Hired
Experts expect the work-at-home trend to continue in 2014 as a growing share of workers are employed in information-based jobs and increased broadband connections enable more workers to perform their tasks from telephones and computers at home.

High-speed Internet connections, enhanced personal computers and upgraded Web security systems have combined to turn most any home into a virtual office. At the same time, cost-conscious businesses and workers are eager to find ways to cut travel time, office expenses and work distractions.

All employers agree, to get hired – you must have these basic tools:
a newer computer system
high speed Internet access
a reliable email account (yahoo, aol and hotmail are NOT reliable! Don\’t use them!!)
Virtual FAX
Program to send large files securelyClick here

Employers usually provide the computer and phone connection fees (if you are already set up to use them), and BlueCross even gives its at-home workers an ergonomically designed chair and desk.

Nonetheless, Mr. Wakefield estimates employers can save, on average, up to $20,000 per employee a year by at-home work arrangements.

“The trend toward the virtual office and work-at-home arrangements with employees was already beginning before the economy turned down,” said John Sorrrow, Cigna Healthcare’s mid-South division president. “In our business, we’re seeing more people want to work at home, and we’re seeing the advantages of having them do so. It’s a win for employers and employees because it lowers our real estate and office costs and it allows people to work where they choose to work.”

Copyright All Rights Reserved.

The following is a blog post by HomeworkersNet member Jessica Seeger. Jessica currently works from her home as a Home Based Tech Support Agent. She found her job thanks to the website.

How many work at home jobs have you applied to? 



Fifty !!! ?

If you have applied to at least ten legitimate work at home job opportunities but have not received a reply thenyour resume is not doing its job.

One of the most common questions I see is

I have applied to a lot of jobs but never hear anything from them, Why? 

Well, the reason usually involves the same two problems:

1. I have applied to ALL the jobs generally turns out to mean I have only applied to one or two typing or data entry jobs from home jobs and that\’s it.

Yes, typing from home is great, but the truth is: REAL typing from home job opportunities are rare. Most are scams. The legit jobs (such as the ones you\’ll find posted with are highly competitive. A typical typing specialist or data entry assistant position receives THOUSANDS (yes… thousands!) of resumes. These employers are free to pick and choose only the absolute best homeworkers. So, if you do not have extensive clerical experience including experience working from home, then you are going to find it very hard to land a home based data entry or secretarial position. If you really want to get hired you will need to consider many of the other worthwhile work at home opportunities such as Customer Service, Tech Support, Blogging, Telephone Work, Sales, Marketing, Internet Research, Tutoring, Writing, Recruiting and many others.

2. Your resume sucks

Yea, I know, it sounds harsh, but unfortunately it is usually true. If your resume is too short, does not highlight your skills or accomplishments, does not include related keywords or contains typos or other errors then you will not hear from the hiring manger. Why should they contact you? They have hundreds of people to choose from! Which resume is going to get their attention? The one that highlights great career accomplishments in a detailed and professional writing style and includes an extensive list of home office tools and equipment – or the very short and boring resume that provides a basic list of duties from a previous job? I typed up reports. Answered phones. Helped customers…

I am guilty too!

Before you get upset, realize that I am speaking from experience because I made all of these mistakes myself before I actually landed my first home based job. I had a terrible resume, I only applied to $15 per hour data entry jobs and all I had access to in my home office was my cordless house phone and my five year old family desktop PC with one of those pitiful thermal fax machines. And, of course, I never heard from not one employer. I complained that I never got a response for anyone. Gee, I wonder why? I was so annoying.

Luckily, I wised up. I started to pay attention to other job seekers that DID get hired and found that they all shared a common characteristic – they took their job search very seriously, they were considerate of just about any opportunity to work from home, and they came across as a true professional with a polished resume, an online portfolio, good credit, solid background and education, excellent references, and an impressive home office.

It was then that I decided to take responsibility for my own career. Free sites like are a great resource with legit job leads and tons of great information, but they cannot get you hired. Only you can do that by actually applying the advice they are giving you here and changing your attitude and approach. That\’s what I did – and that\’s when I got hired!

My first job through HomeworkersNet was…
A Telephone Call Center Home Based Agent starting at $8.50 per hour. The hours were sporadic and the pay was nothing to get excited about, but it was a real job with real income. With this experience and a few more improvements to my resume and home office. I was on my way!

My second job through HomeworkersNet was…
A Home Based Customer Service Agent making $10.75 per hour. Now, this was more like it! I loved the work and enjoyed full time hours plus benefits. That was more than a year ago. When I felt it was time to move on, I came back to with even more experience, an even better resume and a great attitude. By now I also had a great list of references too. As a result, I landed another, better job.

My third job through HomeworkersNet was…
A Home Based Tech Support Agent with Network Solutions (a job that I found here in the listings). Now I am making $15.25 per hour plus benefits and I absolutely love my job. I rock!!!

Oh, by the way, Envelope Stuffing is a scam

Yeap, that\’s right. I learned the hard way. Before I joined HomeworkersNet I was scammed by a couple of these envelope stuffing offers. Not only did I lose money but I never once got a job or earned a dime after applying with an envelope stuffing program.

Don\’t believe me? Ask HomeworkersNet, they will tell you the same thing.

Envelope stuffing jobs do not exist so if you are holding out for something like this you are going to be disappointed. My advice to you is to stop waiting for these too good to be true opportunities where you get to sit around and put paper in envelopes and earn $15 per hour. No employer out there is looking for anybody to do this – no matter what the scammers tell you.

So, you see – it is time for YOU to take responsibility for your own career too. This is what you need to do: 

– Improve your home office: make sure you have a newer computer and all the necessary bells and whistles that allows you to perform work from your home. This means you should have a landline, mobile and VOIP phone access and digital voicemail

– Internet Fax

– File sharing and Online Backup

– Reliable email (not free gmail or hotmail accounts!)

– Home office accounting software such as Quickbooks Online

– Write an ACCOMPLISHMENT based resume: This means you need to think about HOW you did your work and what the outcome was. Employers do not care that you “answered phones and typed documents” !! I mean, everybody can do that. Employers are more interested in HOW you did you work. With what program? How many ? Were you successful? If so, why? Did you “answer approximately 100 phone calls per hour providing exception service to each caller despite the high volume. Was named Employee Of The Month three months in a row based on customer feedback of my dedicated attention to their needs.” ?? (That\’s a line from my actual resume, by the way.)

Guide to Writing Unbeatable Resumes

– Post A Professional Resume Online: If you are not represented on the biggest and best job boards then forget about getting hired. Think of it this way… who is an employer more likely to hire? The person who gives them one, old fashioned resume attachment via email – or the person who gives them an ACCOMPLISHMENT based resume attachment via email AND links to all of their online portfolios?

Trust me when I tell you – your competition is already doing this, so you\’d better get to work getting yourself online! I would suggest that create a resume or profile on all of the following services (all are free so you have nothing to lose):
Create Career Profile on Snagajob
Post your resume with Beyond
Post Your FREE Resume on Monster 
Create a profile on VOT
Register with Elance
Post resume with TheLadders
Post your resume on your own Domain and Web page (only the best of the best do this but it works like a charm!)
If you know of other free resume or profile posting services, post your resume there too! Yea – this will take some time and effort on your part but trust me – it is a MUST if you want to compete with all the other homeworkers out there. And it really does help you land a great job.

– Apply to more than one job: I always see job seekers complaining about not being hired or never getting a reply. I always ask them what jobs they have applied to so far and they usually say “one or two typing jobs” or “a couple of virtual assistant projects”. Seriously people! You are not going to land one of these coveted jobs with a boring resume and no experience! I promise that if you actually expand the possibilities and start applying to telephone, sales, customer service, recruiting and other jobs – you will have better luck. If a clerical job is really all you want then you\’ll need to put in the legwork and get some experience under your belt to prove to these employers that they can count on you. Chances are, you will find that you love telephone and support work more and will decide to stick with it.
Search jobs here, free

-Actually USE How often do you really login? On average, most job seekers only login to online job services twice in the first month and then only every couple of months after that. This is certainly not enough to land a job. At the minimum you should be actively looking at new job postings at least twice per WEEK. Your goal should be to apply to three to five new jobs weekly until you are hired. Remember, if you apply to ten jobs without a reply or request for an interview from an employer then you probably need to re-do your resume.

These are the suggestions that worked for me and helped me actually land a great job after years of complaining. If i can do it then I know you can too!

Good luck

To begin your free work at home job search Register Now With

Would you like to contribute your success story? We would love to hear from you. Join us on Facebook and share a brief post about yourself. If your story is selected we will contact you! We are happy to provide a link to your website, blog or service along with your story.

Create a Free Monster Account and Post Your Resume Now!

You probably already know that hiring managers are using social networks to investigate staff members and potential new hires. There have been a number of well documented cases involving staff or job seeker (let us call them “indiscretions”) that employers have discovered thanks to Facebook. Regardless of you opinion on the fairness of this method, the fact remains that managers are using social media to uncover more details about who their workforce really is.

The good news is, social networks can benefit the job seeker too if you know how to utilize them correctly.

It’s free to register and apply to work at home jobs with

Personal Branding With Blogging

The new way of job searching involves creating your own “brand” and then marketing yourself the way a corporation would market a new product. Think about the unique benefits that you offer and focus on your best skills. A good way to brand yourself is with a blog. You can share articles, tips and ideas about your chosen industry while cross promoting your availability for employment. This approach might even allow employers to come to YOU.


Once you have established your blog, you can “tweet” your updates to your Twitter followers. Be sure to make connections with people in your chosen career field by “following” them. The more connections you make, the more followers you will also receive yourself. To further enhance and market your brand, Twitter allows you to use the “@” sign in front of a name in order to bring a particular persons attention to your post. But use caution not to make the mistake of annoying recruiting managers with requests for help landing a job. A truly successful job seeker will establish their connections over time building trust and respect along the way. Therefore, if possible, its best to start building your network while you are still in college or training for your career.

Connect with HomeworkersNet on Twitter

Linking Up On Linkedin

Linkedin is often overlooked but is probably one of the best platforms for networking with hiring employers because so many top recruiters, managers and directors are listed. To get the most out of Linkedin make sure you fully complete your profile, include details from your resume, and upload your contact list. You can use Linkedin to directly search for available jobs and then make connections with the executives who listed them. There have been hundreds of documented cases of people landing a job directly as a result of their Linkedin account, so spend quality time setting up your profile. Think about key words and phrasing associated with your career field. And when it comes to connections – its QUALITY not QUANTITY. Search out real connections only with those business professionals that you have had contact with or who you hope to work with. Do not attempt to connect with everyone and anyone just to increase your numbers because the relationship will probably not be beneficial. If possible, try to get some “Recommendations” on Linkedin from people you have associated with. These recommendations will help your with the legitimacy of your profile.

Connect with HomeworkersNet on Linkedin

Online Search

Who currently works for your top employers and what background do they have? You can usually uncover this information by using Internet search engines, Advanced People Search and blogs. Not only will this allow you to make connections on the social networks but it may also give you insight as to how that person landed the job. Besides search engines, you can also use business research databases such as Hoovers or WetFeet to obtain relevant and helpful information about the companies that interest you.

Make Connections With Key Personnel

After you have targeted your job search and narrowed down your interests to a handful of employers, begin making connections with them online using Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and other social networks. The idea here is not to flood every hiring manager online with a friend request but instead to market yourself to a few top people who represent the employers that are a best match for your skills and interests. You do not need to limit yourself to hiring managers. Make connections with other employees, contractors and representatives too.

Search the database and Get a Listing on Yelp – Free

Get To Know The Hiring Managers

Once you have a clear picture of the company, you might try connecting directly with the decision makers. Most people tend to use Facebook for personal friendships, so Linkedin and Twitter would be better options for this purpose. While directly asking for a job is not a good idea, it is okay to establish a connection based mutual affiliations that you might have. This will take some time and research as you will need to discover who the hiring manager is linked to and attempt to establish a connection of your own. After you follow the decision maker and get to know them, you will likely have a feel for when the time is right to mention a specific job opportunity or ask if you could forward your resume. Patience and professionalism are a must at all times. Again, this is why it is beneficial to start this process long before you need a job. If you are a college student, begin networking on the social network 6-12 months before you graduate.

Joining HomeworkersNet Page on Facebook

Facebook Apps, Pages and Groups

While Facebook is more of a personal social network it can still be useful in locating jobs and connecting with hiring managers. One of the best ways to accomplish this is via Facebook pages and the “Like” button. Many schools, businesses and organizations have a fan page that you can join in order to stay up to date on company news and announcements. Some larger corporations even have fan pages just for their human resources and recruiting departments where they list jobs for their fans. Often times, these jobs are advertised on Facebook before the corporate website or job board.

Another option is to use Facebook “Applications” for job feeds and resources. (You will find the “Applications” link along the left navigation bar). Do a search for the word “jobs” and then click on the “Applications” option for a list of related resources. Some of the most popular programs are the Careers and Jobs App which allows you to easily search for jobs on Facebook, Work at Home Jobs which publishes free home based opportunities from, and Jobster which allows you to get personalized job alerts. Better yet, this method enables you to keep your Facebook account social and personal while still allowing you to follow and connect with potential employers.

Get the free HomeworkersNet Facebook Work At Home App

Video Blogging and Video Resumes

YouTube is another option for creative job seekers. Simply create a YouTube account and then begin posting videos about yourself, your career industry or related items of interest. Video resumes are becoming very popular and are useful in marketing your personal brand. Remember to keep you video resume short (1-3 minutes is usually sufficient), and be sure to add links to your video resume on your blog, your social network profile and your hardcopy resume.

Youtube is also useful for locating information to help you get hired such as videos about dressing for a job interview, mock interview training, and more.

Post Your Resume FREE here

Don’t Forget The Job Boards

Posting an online resume might seem “so 1998″ but it still holds some benefits to job seekers. Monster and Careerbuilder are still the top employment sites and many hiring managers continue to use these services to post jobs and search resumes. As a result, you might as well make sure that you have a quality resume listed on each site. Many of these sites also offer employer research information, career advice, emailed job alerts, resume tips and more.

Get free email work at home job leads and updates. Create a FREE Monster Account Today!

Niched Social Networks

There are hundreds of other social networks that could be utilized to establish connections with hiring managers and potential employers. Look for networks that target your chosen industry (such as Teachade for educators, MyWorkster for college grads, Yelp for business owners, StartUpNation for entrepreneurs or PartnerUp for business startups).

Most people have heard the saying “It is not what you know, its WHO you know,” and this certainly holds true for landing jobs. Years ago, networking meant making face to face connections with key decision makers through clubs or organizations. While this method is still one of the best ways to land a job, the popularity of online social networking cannot be denied. As more managers and corporations are utilizing social media for recruiting purposes, it only makes sense that job seekers take advantage of the opportunity to connect. Building your social network will take some time and effort, but the payoff will likely be worth the trouble.

Hiring: Create a Free Monster Account and Post Your Resume Now!

Copyright. (C) All Rights Reserved. Used with permission

Personal Branding How To

Posted by | July 6, 2010 | Advice, Blog

What is Personal Branding and how can you use it to land a great job?

If more job seekers knew the answers to these questions there would be substantially more success stories.

Oprah Winfrey certainly knows a thing or two about personal branding. She has taken the idea to a new level with not only market saturation but also diversification of activities (ranging from magazines to radio to TV). Her personal “brand” is recognized by millions. But you do not need to be Oprah to utilize the idea of personal branding. Any job seeker can create a “brand” for themselves by following a few simple rules:

Define Your Brand

To brand yourself you must first determine your strengths. What do you do best and who is your “customer”? You should be able to sum up the answer to this question in one concise personal branding statement. If you are not sure of your direction, try doing a SWOT analysis to determine the answer. (SWOT = Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). This will help uncover a pattern that will allow you to see your true potential.

While your career objective represents what you hope to gain for yourself, your branding statement speaks more for what you have to offer to others. Think of it as your unique selling point – the basis of what you do best. Remember, you are your strengths so let them lead your way.

Personal branding statement example:

I am a career strategist who helps job seekers leverage networks and emerging media to find success.

That’s my personal brand. It’s not my job title or my career field. Instead, it is a statement that clarifies my audience and highlights my particular expertise.

Brand Your Resume

Once you have uncovered your talents and branding statement, begin building your resume package. But, resist the urge to use the generic templates you find online. The old “cut and paste” is probably the most overused technique utilized by job seekers today. As a result, 8 out of 10 resumes will contain the same, tired old catch phrase that have been pitched for years: “A professional worker with excellent communication skills who can work in a fast paced environment” blah blah blah… “Team player with demonstrated success in the business field”… {yawn}. Thanks to the power of Google, these go-to phrases are nothing more than a waste of valuable marketing space. You must rise above by branding your resume with your particular stamp. Personalize each and every statement and tailor them to the job for which you are applying. Consider being creative with your cover letter. Create a table where one column lists the needs of the employer from the help wanted ad and the other column details what you can offer in this area.

Niche Your Brand

Niching is key to get yourself noticed. And, of course, getting yourself noticed means opening yourself up to more opportunities. The idea of finding a niche is nothing new. The business community has embraced the idea for years: if you can’t be the big fish in the big pond, then be the big fish in a smaller pond. As a result, you are probably already a customer of a variety of niched products or services yourself. For instance, I am a runner. While I might appreciate all aspects of general health and fitness, my true interest is in running. Therefore, I shop at running stores, I subscribe to running magazines and podcasts, I follow running experts on Twitter and I read books written about running. This same idea can be applied to your job search.

Think of it this way: there are thousands of “Account Representatives” out there, but how many “New Account Development Authority For The Financial Industry” are there? The trick is to be authentic. You will find greater success in your career and life in general if you stay true to yourself.

Some might argue that this type of niching will limit opportunities but I disagree. People who are experts in their field get noticed by a wide range of industries simply as a result of ‘buzz’. The big fish in the big pond will be keenly interested in what the big fish in the small pond is up to.

Market Your Brand

What good is all this branding if nobody sees it? I mean, where would Starbucks be without all the media buzz and branded slang and marketing and cross promotion? They would likely just be another cup of coffee instead of the double caff no whip lifestyle brand they have become. Job seekers are no different from corporate customer seekers. We are all looking for the same thing – to be noticed, accepted and utilized for monetary gain. So, with this in mind, you must develop your brand portfolio and get yourself ‘out there’. This means branded resumes, business cards, online listings, job board posts, social networking accounts, blogs, video resumes, Flickr portfolios and more. Like Oprah, you should be everywhere. Each and every item should reiterate your brand stamp and, when possible, even style and color should harmonize.

Think about purchasing your domain name ( or creating a free blog using your name – This is an excellent way to maintain a sort of central homebase for all of your links, networks, portfolios, testimonials, etc. Be sure to add the URL to your hardcopy resume, cover letters and email signature file.

Another great way to market your brand is by commenting on other blogs, forums and news items on the Web. Be professional, of course, and try to stick to topics that are related to your career field. It has been noted that a vast majority of employers Google job candidates before offering them employment. Make it easy for them to find positive feedback on you by showing them that you are a professional in the field.

Remember to always be professional. This includes your email address and social media custom names. If only I could share some of the wild email addresses that I’ve received over the years from job seekers! Trust me when I tell you that “DrunkGirl@aol” is NOT going to help win over a potential employer. You absolutely must use a professional email account for your job search. If you name is not available, consider your career field or an industry buzz word. Even names that you might think are ok (such as “SleepyHead” or “MomOf2″) may give a hiring manager the wrong impression. Best to be on the safe side and stick to your name or related title.

Consider claiming your space on all of the following:

and (if applicable) MerchantCircle and Yelp

Face To Face Marketing

While the digital age has made the idea of “face to face” communications almost obselete, it does not mean that you should overlook traditional networking options.

Start with a simple yet professional business card that displays your Personal Branding statement and your contact information including your blog, online resume or social network URLs. You do not need to spend much money on your cards. Vista Print offers job seeker networking cards plus a free card holder for just a few dollars.

The creation and management of your personal brand does not end when you get a job. It’s more of a lifelong pursuit that will involve constant monitoring and upkeep. While this may seem like a tedious and unnecessary venture, keep in mind that there will always be competitors who will be more than happy to take over where you leave off. Unless you are 100% confident that you will never change jobs again, then you should work to maintain the personal brand that you have worked so hard to create. You never know when you might need to rely on it in the future to help you get ahead.

For Additional Information:

Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success

Career Distinction: Stand Out by Building Your Brand

Jobs Available Today:

This article was reprinted with permission

How To Find Legit Work At Home Jobs

Posted by | June 25, 2010 | Advice, Blog

QUESTION: Why don’t all employers advertise work at home jobs? Can you offer any advice on how to find legit home based positions?


Two questions for the price of one!

The truth is that you find a work at home job just like you find any other job- with research, persistence and a bit of search savvy.

In this competitive job market you’d think more employers would see the benefits of hiring home based staff. Well, many of them do, they just don’t advertise the positions. The sad fact is that when they do, they are inundated with responses from applicants who aren’t remotely qualified for the position. There seems to be a persistent rumor circulating that the desire to work at home somehow qualifies a person to perform a job. This has really turned employers off to posting home based jobs for the world to see.

With that said, you can see how important it is to be very realistic when applying for a work at home position. Think of your home-based job search as a “traditional” job search. Keep in mind that many companies are telecommute friendly, even if they don’t list that in their job listing or ad. In fact, the company you are currently working for may
be willing to allow partial telecommuting. Many companies are testing the waters by allowing employees to work from home on a part-time basis, so it might be worth a try.

If you don’t think that is an option for you, a free membership with might help. We provide regular and updated legit home based jobs that are available across the country. No MLM’s, no scams and no fee based offers. Just wholesome jobs. If you visit daily (or at least three or four times per week) you will be given access to the most up-to-date jobs and opportunities available. And because we verify each listing, you will never encounter a scam on our website.

Whatever your situation, remember to stay focused on finding a job that matches your skills and experience, present yourself in a professional and freelance manner, and treat your job search as you would if you were seeking a non-telecommute position.


What Does Somebody Have to Do to Get a Job Around Here! 44 Insider Secrets and Tips that Will Get You Hired

Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0: 1,001 Unconventional Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Landing Your Dream Job

Telecommute!: Go To Work Without Leaving Home Jobs
We have thousands of legit and verified jobs listed. Membership is free! Here are a few highlights:

Desktop Support Agents
Data Entry / Virtual Assistant
Word Processors
Customer Service Agents
Remote Order Specialists