There are actually legitimate telecommuting jobs on the internet. But mixed in with those are scams that people should avoid. Any offers that promise big money for the cost of a book or kit that they will send you are not really legitimate telecommuting jobs. It is a way for someone to sell you their products or services. There are many such ploys out there so be aware when you look for this type of job. There are companies and people that are marketing their products not looking for real employees. Some companies sell you a newsletter listing job openings this is usually legitimate and may be worthwhile depending on the cost and how often they send it out. Before you pay for a newsletter find out if anyone else has ever heard of it and the results that received using it.
There are many legitimate job boards that list regular jobs like Monster.com, Vault and Career Builder. They even list the occasional telecommuting jobs. You can directly inquire to the companies listed on the job boards to see if they hire telecommuters. You would send a letter and resume directly to the human resource department or person listed in the ad via email. Another good source of telecommuting jobs is Craig's list which lists all types of jobs around the country by job category. A telecommuting job will require you to send a letter, resume and fill out tax forms just like a regular job. It follows the same basic guidelines that you follow looking for a regular job. If you are a candidate with experience some job staffing sites like the Creative Group, Paladin, Robert Half and others may be able to help you. You can contact them through the website sending an email and resume.
Some of the types of jobs that can be legitimate telecommuting jobs are writers, graphic designers, web designers, software programmers and designers and other technical computer based skills. Some sales jobs like telemarketing can be done from home too. There are some clerical jobs like virtual assistants that act as secretaries for some companies or individuals. You will need your own computer, high speed internet connection and a phone. Some companies may provide you with the equipment but this is not usually the case. There are some jobs that are totally remote where you never have to go to the office and others that prefer local candidates because they want you to meet clients or show up at the office on occasion.
When using Craig's list look under job categories like writing, web design, technology, whatever your expertise to locate jobs that might be telecommuting. Be sure to include a letter and resume if requested when responding. If you are a software designer or web designer for example and have a local company that you want to work for contacting them directly is your best option. Find out the name of the person who is in charge of the department that you want to work like Technical Services then try to get an interview with the company. You can write a letter to the person then call them to set up an appointment. Once you have an interview you can discuss the benefits of telecommuting. If you have the necessary skills then the company will probably hire you.
There are various freelance boards that list telecommuting jobs that you must register and bid on the jobs. Many of these are good avenues for freelancers to try. Remember when seeking legitimate telecommuting jobs a good resume and cover letter to send via email is your best sales tool.
Katie Appleby is an accomplished niche website developer and author.
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