It’s in the news everywhere – people getting laid off from their jobs in every town, city and region. Even people with years at the same company, in prominent assignments or working at so-called “stable” companies are getting the axe. So what should you do if you get laid off or fear you may be next in the unemployment line?
One of the things you can do of course is make yourself more marketable by brushing up on your skills, cleaning up your resume and looking for another job. While you do those things, however, you may want to also explore some alternative career options. You could get a work from home career. That would mean not having to commute daily to a job outside the home. That would allow you to have more quality time with your family. You may even have time to go back to school and earn a degree in something you’ve always wanted to do as a career in a market that is growing rather than laying people off left and right.
While you are searching for a work from home career, you may even discover that your existing skills would easily transfer to a work from home career. Skills like dealing effectively with customers, speaking clearly on the telephone, being able to use a computer and software applications and even just general sales or office management skills can be important skills that a work from home career will offer. Don’t worry if you don’t have experience with working from home; many employers look for people who have recently held outside the home professional careers. If you do have experience working from home, list this along with the outside the home jobs on your resume and be sure to include any special skills you used as part of that experience.
Some things to consider when searching for a work from home job are that you may need to invest a small amount into some home office equipment, but you may already have a home computer, a telephone and a small space where you could work out of your home. If not, then please assess what you may need and find a way to get the basics before you start searching for a work from home career.
Lastly, use extreme caution while searching for work from home jobs online. Unfortunately, there are a high number of scammers that try to take advantage of those who are desperately seeking employment. Use common sense and give out limited information when sending out your resumes, cover letters and filling out online job forms. Save your social security number, bank account information and street address for when you actually get offered a job by a real live person and you are filling out government approved tax forms only. Never ever pay for a job or a background check as a legitimate employer will never ask you to do that. Search for jobs on valid career websites that have a good reputation.