Friday, May 27, 2005

Motivation quote to keep me going...

I often spend a few minutes reading motivational quotes, particularly if I'm having a tough day and need to extra push to keep going. Taking those 5 minutes of "me time" makes all the difference in the world, so I thought I would use this blog to share some of my favorites. Hope you like this one...

"I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success. I will act now. I will repeat these words again and again and again. I will walk where failures fear to walk. I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person." -Og Mandino

Don't fear marketing yourself to employers

I had a call the other day with a sweet lady who was considering getting my book. Her main concern was that she would have to actually sell herself, her services, to a prospective employer, and she felt that since she didn't have a marketing bone in her body, she would fail miserably.

This made me think about situations where I've encountered exactly this kind of problem with people who don't realize how much sales experience they already have. They think of the word "sales" or "marketing" and immediately they think of smarmy car salesmen who want to part people from their money with no concern for ethics.

When it comes to selling, it is not something new for most of us. Do you brush your hair in the morning? Do you put on makeup? Do you put on a nice outfit for a job interview? Then are already experienced in selling yourself.

So, don't fear it...embrace it! It's only a matter of putting into words the best of what you can do, and learning how to communicate your highlighted services to a targeted market of prospective employers. It really isn't more complicated than that.

And it all starts with research.

The very first thing you should do before contacting any propsective employer is research them thoroughly. This particular technique is often completely ignored, and yet it is one of the most important things you should do before trying to reach a prospective employer or client. This applies to any kind of "first contact" situation, including sending your resume to apply for positions you found. This one small extra step can give you the edge you need to reach your customer and stand out above all other applicants.

Learning all about a potential company before you make that first contact is vitally important. It is a great way to find out beforehand whether or not you and the client are a good fit, and it also helps you get your foot further in the door.

Learn the name of the person you are contacting, and don't mis-spell it!
Learn about the company, its goals, its mission statement, its products and services.

And when you contact that company, don't send an obvious form letter. Take the time to send your information in a letter/email that shows you are interested in the company, as well as the job.

Here's an example:

"Hello Mr. Smith. I was on your website today and noticed that you posted a press release about your upcoming software development project. I've been watching your company's growth for some time and decided now was the perfect time to get in touch with you about offering my services as a ___."

Here's another...

"Hello Mr. Smith. Your company does amazing work in online games development and I would love the opportunity to meet with you at your convenience to talk about an idea I have for a new game. Working with your firm to develop this online game would be the highlight of my career."

Using techniques like this can open doors that were previously tightly shut, and it is the purest form of marketing that can set you apart from the milling crowd.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Work At Home Job of the Day

In honor of our newly-birthed blog *g* the Work at Home Job of the Day is a twofer, each blog-related.

- Freelance Writer Needed for Tattooing Culture Weblog Job ID 20446
- Blog Support Needed - London Job ID 20441

To view entire posting click on the Work at Home Job of the Day Title Bar, log into the database and locate the job by searching by Job ID number.

Good luck in your search for work!

Monday, May 02, 2005

Work At Home Job of the Day

[To locate the full listing, log in to the free telecommuting jobs database by clicking on Work at Home Job of the Day or the job title and search for Job ID# 20413, using the Search feature of the database.]

Job Title: Medical Transcriber

Medical Transcriber needed.

Medical Transcriber needed. Work at home. Excellent medical terminology/ composition skills.

Location: AZ-Phoenix, AZ US Work at home.


Be a little more wary of really desirable jobs - ones everybody wants - like transcription or data entry - that give very little information.

In this case we'd like to see a bit more info provided in order to make us feel more secure that the position is legitimate, like a named specialty (radiology or ob/gyn or surgery) experience, required/nice to have skills, pay scale.

That's not to say this posting isn't legitimate. We don't post 'em unless we feel they are ;) But job postings of those jobs everybody wants that contain little information are often scams. Remember don't pay for job!

Additionally many medical transcription schools seem to couch sales of their classes as job postings. Be a bit more cautious and do more research if you get directed to a URL and can't find the posted job, but find a lot of selling of training instead.

So why did we post this one? Well, nothing mystifying...just gut hunch. lol!

BUT if this or any position listed in the Free Telecommuting Jobs Database asks for a fee or turns out to be a scam please let us know. It will be dealt with swiftly, brutally and without mercy. *evil grin*