Tips to Finding an Online Job

23 May

Many young graduates are searching for online jobs. With the availability of computer and affordable internet services (Smart Broadband/ Globe/ Sun Cellular) here in the Philippines, almost everyone wants to work at home.

Of course, there are a lot of jobs out there on the internet that offer flexible schedules at high pay. Seems like the perfect job.

I was one of those who wanted that kind of job. And so I was hired by an international SEO company. They offered me a nice pay, $600 to be exact. I started immediately, eager to impress my employers. I spent about a week inside my room, only going outside to eat or to use the bathroom.

As it turned out, the job was too hard for me, even with my previous experience as a technical writer. The job was just too tough – imagine I had to produce eight articles per day and submit them for guest posting to websites I had to contact.

Yes, some of you can do it, of course. But for me, I was shocked because I never expected it to be too tough for me. I was too confident with my ability to write technical papers, I didn’t expect that I would find it hard to write an article within just an hour.

I’m not saying that you should not try it. If, in your assessment, you can do the job, then by all means, I encourage you to apply. I admire people who can do that. There are a lot of websites that offer online jobs but beware, there are a lot of scams,too.

So, what happened next? I quit. Yes, I quit the job in just after a week of sleepless nights. It was that hard!

For those who really want to apply for an online job, here’s my advice:

  • Always check the job requirements. If you have the right skills, send out your resume to their email address provided.
  • Always follow instructions. Online employers usually have instructions for applicants to ensure that only those who know how to follow detailed instructions will get through.
  • Submit application to as many employers as possible.
  • Prepare for the usual interview questions ahead of time. When your application is accepted, the employer may set up an interview. So you will have your answers ready when that happens.

These are my tips for now. If you have more to add, feel free to comment. I would really appreciate new insights for this topic. 🙂


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