I get applications from people wanting to write content for me all the time. Many of them go straight to the trash bin. So I thought I’d share with you why you may not be getting hired or even getting a response when you apply for a work at home job.
- I have a form for them to fill out. If there is a form offered to you for applying for the job, then fill out every single question on the form, including the comments section. The employer took the time to create the questions on that form, so don’t you think they would like you to answer all of them?
- If you are just to email the company doing the hiring, then you need a subject for your email that will capture their attention. If you’re applying to be a writer and can’t come up with an attention-grabbing subject line, then you’re not the writer they are looking for.
- If the email you send, whether through a form or a simple email, just says something like; “Yes, I’d like this job”, “I really need this job”, or Please hire me”, then you are not even likely to get a response from the employer.
- Writing samples or samples of whatever type of work you are applying for should always be included, but not as an attachment unless specifically requested to do so. Upload the sample work to a website where they can view it online. Without samples of your previous work, they may pay no attention to your email at all. And check to be sure the links to your samples actually work before you send that email. I’ve had people send me an email address instead of a website address. If you don’t know the difference between the two, your chances of being hired just went way down.
- Spell Check. Did I mention Spell Check yet? If you send an email to an employer and you didn’t even take the time to spell check your email, why should they take the time to read it and respond to you? This especially applies to applying for a position as a writer. I get emails that say things like; “I want to be an artical writer and I have a lot of experience”. They very well may have experience, but not using spell check when applying for a writer job shows me they will not be paying attention when they write for my clients either.
- Have I mentioned Spell Check?
- Take the time to build an online resume. Send a cover letter by email that tells the employer why you want the job you are applying for, then link to your online resume. Here is a place where you can build an online resume for free.
- Stick with reputable jobs sites that include work from home jobs. Here is an example of a website I might use if looking to work at home. You can even upload your resume there.
The bottom line: If you plan to work from home, do the normal things you would do when applying for any other job. The only thing you don’t have to do is get dressed up.