Work From Home Opportunities: A Changing Landscape

December 11th, 2018 No comments
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Back in the day, 10 years ago or so, work from home jobs had a “dirty” feel to them.  There were opportunities to be a Mystery Shopper or a Payment Processor for an African Prince, but it didn’t feel like they are “true” work from home opportunities.  Times have changed. . .

The economy is obviously stronger and the gig jobs (Uber, Lyft, Instacart, etc) have created opportunities for people on part-time, full-time or bridging roles.  But the true Work From Home job has also blossomed.  These work from home jobs have unleashed opportunities for mothers and fathers to stay home with their children.  It has provided a career for those who are also trying to take care of their aging parents.  It has provided jobs for people who might not have had access to careers because of the location that they were in.  And there are many other situations where the working from home option allows more capable citizens the ability to have a job.

Work From Home Opportunities Growing

If you are searching for a job, Work From Home opportunities aren’t something to avoid if you want a “real” job.  Approximately 3.7 million or 2.8% of the entire US workforce work from home for at least half the time.  According to Fundera, people working from home has more than doubled over the past decade. More employers are offering work from home has grown by 40% in last 5 years.   If you want to work remotely, you should feel confident that there are plenty of opportunities – ranging from teaching, to sales, to customer service and many other fields.

StartWire interviewed Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs.  Learn more on how to find work life balance with a flexible job.

Savings for Everyone

From an employer standpoint, there are great savings by allowing workers to work from home. Over $11,000 in savings for each part-time employee each year.  In addition, if you work from home full-time, you can save $4,000 each year in tax breaks, commuting costs, professional clothing, food, etc.

Work From Home Resources

Glassdoor – 10 of the Best Companies For Working From Home

Forbes – The Top 100 Companies For Remote Jobs

Flex Jobs – Find A Better Way to Work

Spice Up Your Resume with Action Verbs

November 29th, 2018 No comments
© Can Stock Photo / profotokris

© Can Stock Photo / profotokris

Writing a resume can be tough.  Formulating all of your accomplishments into clear and concise sentences can take many revisions.  One of the best ways to give your resume the extra spice it needs to stand out is to include a good variety of resume action verbs.  Just like adding lots of spices and herbs to your favorite dish, you need to keep the reader (recruiter) interested in your profile by adding lots of resume action verbs.

These action words should speak to all of your hard work and add the “flavor” needed to set you apart from the pack.  If you use the word “manage” over and over again throughout your resume, you may not get the attention you deserve.  Add some spice!

Take a good look at each word that starts each bullet on your resume.  All bullets should begin with resume action verbs and there should be variety on every line.

Use a Variety of Resume Action Verbs

Below are some examples of solid resume phrases using resume action verbs.

  • Launched multiple new customer requested features including …
  • Built go-to-market strategy for …
  • Directed, coached and mentored a team of 5 people

Highlight Key Metrics

Another key item that recruiters look for are metrics.  Show off your accomplishments by showing true measurable growth stats that you can speak to clearly.

  • Achieved and exceeded increasing annual quotas: 2015 (140%); 2016 (121%); 2017 (125%)
  • Built lead generation program that contributed to the company’s growth goal of reaching 1,000 clients in 18 months
  • Wrote and published over 150 articles in 12 months

Take a look at these examples of sample resume templates as well to get ideas about formatting options. See more tips on updating your resume.

Resume Action Verbs

Utilize many of these resume action verbs and add some more punch to that stale resume!

·       Achieved
·       Acquired
·       Advised
·       Analyzed
·       Built
·       Campaigned
·       Coached
·       Consulted
·       Convinced
·       Coordinated
·       Counseled
·       Created
·       Cultivated
·       Defined
·       Delegated
·       Delivered
·       Designed
·       Developed
·       Directed
·       Documented
·       Educated
·       Enforced
·       Engineered
·       Enhanced
·       Established
·       Evaluated
·       Examined
·       Executed
·       Forecasted
·       Formed
·       Fostered
·       Founded
·       Generated
·       Hired
·       Illustrated
·       Implemented
·       Improved
·       Increased
·       Informed
·       Instructed
·       Introduced
·       Launched
·       Led
·       Managed
·       Measured
·       Mentored
·       Monitored
·       Negotiated
·       Operated
·       Organized
·       Outpaced
·       Overhauled
·       Partnered
·       Persuaded
·       Pioneered
·       Planned
·       Presented
·       Published
·       Recruited
·       Redesigned
·       Restructured
·       Saved
·       Screened
·       Shaped
·       Shipped
·       Simplified
·       Surveyed
·       Taught
·       Tested
·       Tracked
·       Trained
·       Transformed

 

Upload Your Resume to StartWire

After fine tuning your resume as much as you can, you should definitely send it to family and friends to review and check for spelling, grammar, and any comments on anything you may have forgotten to include.   Once you are ready to share your resume with recruiters, you should upload your resume to StartWire.com and you’ll have multiple options to send it out for possible call backs for opportunities.

 

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Top 10 Companies Hiring in Restaurant and Retail

November 8th, 2018 No comments

© Can Stock Photo / photography33StartWire.com took a look at its website traffic and noticed that these top 10 companies are in the most demand by job seekers right now.  These top 10 companies hiring all across the country so it’s time to take a look at your options and apply now to these employers.

Are you looking for a position in restaurant or retail?   These are the 10 companies that are attracting a lot of candidates – so we suggest you check them out!  The links below go to recent job listings in your area.

Top 10 Companies Hiring Restaurant and Retail Positions 

  1. CVS Caremark – check out CVS Caremark jobs
  2. Chick-Fil-A – check out Chick-Fil-A jobs
  3. Old Navy – check out Old Navy jobs
  4. McDonald’s – check out McDonald’s jobs
  5. American Eagle Outfitters – check out American Eagle jobs
  6. Panera Bread Co – check out Panera jobs
  7. Whole Foods – check out Whole Foods jobs
  8. Taco Bell – check out Taco Bell jobs
  9. Pizza Hut – check out Pizza Hut jobs
  10. Wendy’s – check out Wendy’s jobs

Employee Benefits for Top Restaurant and Retail Companies

Taking a look at some of the perks of working at these top 10 companies hiring – we found great benefits for employees.

Whole Foods Benefits – access to healthcare, dental and vision insurance for both part-time and full time employees, along with many other outstanding benefits

McDonald’s Benefits – provides world-class training and McDs perks which are employee discounted food, and many more benefits

Chick-Fil-A Benefits – provides leadership training, ability to earn college scholarship, and no working on Sundays, and much more

Working Life in Restaurant and Retail

Working in a restaurant or in a retail store can be challenging and rewarding at the same time.  Here are some life lessons of working in restaurant industry.  More restaurant jobs.

Also, if you are considering the retail industry, there are also pros and cons to working a retail job.  Some of the perks are the employee discount, flexible hours and interesting career path opportunities. More retail jobs.

Consider these top 10 companies hiring and many of the other top companies on StartWire.com.

 

Be Prepared with Interview Questions

October 12th, 2018 No comments

Asking Interview Questions

A common question you’ll hear when interviewing is – “Do you have any questions for me?”  You should ALWAYS have a list of interview questions prepared.  If you have ever been in that situation and feel ‘stumped’ you need to change that right away!  Start thinking about what is important to you and what you want to know before the interview concludes.

Also, by asking questions, you are showing your interest in the company, the role and the person who is taking time out of their day to interview you.  Take this opportunity to show that you care and are curious about working at the organization.  You will learn a lot and they’ll get a better understanding of what’s important to you.

Whether you are interviewing with an executive, your potential new manager, or a possible co-worker/team member – you must be prepared with appropriate interview questions.

Below is a list of great questions to memorize or bring with you when interviewing.  No company is perfect so by asking the candid questions, you’ll get a better understanding of the challenges that you might face if you do join the organization.

Review these questions and ask them in your own way.  You want to come across as genuine – so ask questions in your own words.  Always be truthful and remember job searching basics.

 

Big Picture Interview Questions (Ask the Executive/VP level):

  • What is your company’s long term vision for its products/services?
  • What divisions are getting the most investment right now (dollars, people, expansion, etc)?
  • What is the focus – to grow fast or become profitable?
  • What is company’s plan for attracting and retaining a diverse team?

 

Interview Questions Specific to the Position (Ask the Hiring Manager):

  • What are the 2-3 traits that the ideal candidate must have?
  • Are there any concerns about my background that I can help alleviate?
  • What are the 1-2 challenges that you think this role needs to be prepared for?
  • What is the team structure and how does this role fit in?

 

Individual Focused Interview Questions (Ask the Team Member):

  • Why do you love working here?  What do you think could be improved?
  • What surprised you most when you started working here?
  • What is your biggest accomplishment here?
  • How would you describe the company culture?
  • When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

 

There are also questions that you should not ask.  The main rule is don’t ask questions that you can find answers to on the Internet.  Take a look at this guide on questions to avoid asking.

 

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Grandma’s Wisdom for Job Searching

October 3rd, 2018 No comments

Recruitment Technology in Job Search

The StartWire Team recently attended some of the largest HR and recruitment technology events in our industry.  We were in Las Vegas for the HR Tech Show and in New Orleans for the TATech Fall Congress. 

A lot of the talk in our industry is around Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how it will transform recruitment.  If you are interested in these topics, I would suggest reading the following articles.

We are at the beginning of a new phase in recruitment technology.  This phase will have profound impact on the industry, but . . .

The basics are still the basics.

People want to work with great people.  One often spends more time in a week with their co-workers than their family or friends.

Recruitment technology can help in many areas, but if you stick to “Grandma’s Wisdom,” you will be successful in finding your next career opportunity.

What is Grandma’s Wisdom for Job Searching?

  • Be on Time — If you have an interview, don’t be late. Actually, you should arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Look People in the Eye – Eye contact matters.  Trust and understanding are learned through eye contact.
  • Say Please and Thank You — Ask how you can help an organization and thank them for their time.  Write a thank you note, even if it is an e-mail.
  • Dot Your I’s and Cross Your T’s – Take your time to thoroughly proofread your applications and communications.  Mispelings matter. Poor gramar look bad!
  • Trust Your Instincts – If an organization doesn’t feel like the right fit, it probably isn’t.  Ask about the company culture and try to meet as many people at the organization as you can.

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