Why Aren’t You Being Hired When You Apply For a Work at Home Job?
One of the most frustrating things about working at home is getting hired. Many work at home job seekers apply for a large number of jobs before getting hired, and the process quickly gets frustrating. All that effort to avoid scams and find legitimate employers, and the employers don’t want to have anything to do with you. What’s going on?
It’s nothing sinister. It’s the reality of searching for work, even when you aren’t trying to work at home. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look at factors which might be keeping employers from hiring you.
1. There’s too much competition for the job.
If you’re applying for work with companies well known to hire stay at home workers, you’re likely to be lost in the shuffle. I’ve heard that some positions get thousands of applications for every opening. It’s not easy to stand out in that sort of crowd.
I don’t mean you should avoid these employers entirely. They’re easy to find and it doesn’t hurt to take a little time and apply for the jobs they have available. Just don’t hang all your hopes on these employers. There are more places out there willing to hire stay at home workers.
Look for fresh work at home job leads. Craigslist, Dice, Home Job Stop, Indeed and many more sites may provide fresh job leads rather than simple lists of employers who regularly hire home based employees, although not every site I’ve listed there focuses on work at home or telecommute jobs. Just be aware that scams can be posted on any site.
Also try networking on sites such as LinkedIn. Sometimes job openings are shared on these sites, and you aren’t going to find these any other way. Even Facebook and Twitter can be a help in finding job leads, although those last two aren’t much focused on job leads, as there are more ads for questionable home business opportunities than legitimate job leads. Don’t let too much of your job hunting time be sucked into the potential to goof off on these sites.
2. Your resume isn’t that good.
How much effort did you put into your resume? Is it good enough? Did you have someone else review it? Did you make it relevant to each job you applied for? Do you really know what goes into a good resume? Are there any spelling errors? Any mistakes in grammar? Is your email address professional?
If you think the problem might be your resume, you have a few options. You can pay a professional resume writer to go over it, and this may be worth the investment if it turns your job hunt around. You can also buy an ebook or physical book on resume writing, or get one from your local public library.
Taking some time to improve your resume can be one of the most effective ways to change the results you’re getting with your job hunt. A poorly written resume or one that doesn’t fit the job description, no matter how well written, isn’t likely to get you into the interview process.
3. You didn’t follow instructions.
One of the big frustrations companies that hire home based workers have is that too many people don’t follow the instructions they give on how to apply for jobs, such as sending their resume to the wrong email address. Some apply despite not meeting any of the qualifications. Some people call the company when the site specifically asks that you not call.
That’s not going to bring the right sort of attention to your application for work. It doesn’t show that you’re strongly interested, eager and ready to work. It shows that you can’t follow directions.
I know it’s frustrating waiting to hear when they’re going to start interviewing, whether or not your being considered, or if they’ve made a hiring decision. That’s tough. If the company says don’t contact them, don’t. Wait it out and look at other jobs while you wait, no matter how much you want that one.
4. You aren’t being realistic with your job hunt.
It’s amazing how some people view working at home. They assume it will be easy and that they can learn the job with no prior experience and that they company will just train them up. That’s usually not the case. Most employers strongly prefer employees who have the experience they requested in the job description, as good a match as possible.
If you’re looking for work, hopefully you know what kind of work you’re qualified to do. Stick to those jobs rather than applying for any sort of work under the theory that if you keep trying, someone is bound to give you a chance. With all the competition for most work at home jobs, that’s just not true.
You also need to be realistic about what to expect from the sorts of work at home jobs you’re searching for. Know what you can expect to be paid. Know if the work is likely to be flexible or not.
5. Are you prepared when you get an interview?
Interviews for work at home jobs are usually over the phone, possibly on Skype. Some of the basics are the same, you need to be prepared to answer the usual interview questions and have relevant questions to ask. You’ll also need to ensure that you will have no interruptions from family members or pets during your interview.
On a telephone interview, you’re presenting yourself entirely by voice. The confidence you project is important. Particularly if the work you would be doing is primarily phone based, how you sound over the phone is a big part of whether or not you get hired.
If you’re being interviewed over Skype, you need to project a professional appearance as well as sounding professional. Give some thought to your appearance and how you’ll look on Skype. You want good lighting, but too much bright light in the background can create glare. Take some time before your interview to figure out how you’re going to look. You can have a family member use Skype on another computer to figure out what issues you may have to deal with.
6. Keep on trying.
It doesn’t matter how well qualified you are, sometimes you won’t get the job. Keep trying to find the kind of work you’re after, and consider taking on some short term freelance projects if you need to keep the money coming in. Check out sites such as ODesk (now Upwork), Guru, eLance, iFreelance and so forth. The short term work you find may help to build your resume and give you something of an income.