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If you are among the millions of people out of work due to the coronavirus, there is reason for hope. Amazon is is among many major companies hiring people to work from home. Some of the largest and best known companies in the U.S. have begun hiring remote workers to maintain operations during the pandemic, or take advantage of new opportunities presented by crisis. Amazon announced in a blog post that it is hiring an additional 75,000...
Many businesses no longer require all hands on deck, meaning that they either outsource tasks to vendors or allow employees to work someplace other than on-site. If there’s one benefit to the digital revolution (or maybe that’s evolution), it’s the flexibility that digital business in a global economy affords workers. A global economy operates at all hours every single day. Humans generally do not and cannot work 24 hours...
You have the finished manuscript in your hands. What a giddy feeling of accomplishment! Take a moment to celebrate, because that manuscript proves you are a writer. Once the euphoria wears off, you face a series of crucial decisions, the first of which is whether you will pursue publication via the traditional route or through a self-publishing platform. Before making a decision, do your research. A source like  Preditors and...
W. C. Fields, a misogynistic wit of the early 20th century, is credited with saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damned fool about it.” Regardless of how unpleasant his personality may have been, the advice rings true. Finish the manuscript Too many writers struggling to produce that first book pour time, energy, and hope into a manuscript that clearly...
Do you have a novel inside you? Conventional wisdom and legions of language arts teachers would have you believe that. Certainly, the quality of writing—dreadful by today’s standards—found in much classical literature implies that technical competence has little bearing on whether the novel inside you deserves a public forum. The rags-to-riches anecdotes of such fabulously lucky authors as J. K. Rowling and E. L. James...
Work-at-home options have always existed, from cottage industries such as craftsmen who fashion handmade, unique, or limited production goods to authors who scribble or type away in hungry solitude. As today’s digital economy expands and business adapts to factors such as a current labor shortage, changing customer behavior, and demands for work-life balance, remote employment becomes an ever more viable option for gainful...
Anyone who’s trawled through the internet in the last 10 years knows the granddaddy of all business networking sites: LinkedIn. Like 133 million other users, you may have already taken advantage of a free account with the service and posted your résumé into LinkedIn’s format. And then you sat back and waited and … nothing. LinkedIn’s universe of users spans 200 countries and territories around the...
The advertisement sounds enticing: an identified hourly wage or annual salary. Your eyes light up, your hands rub together in anticipation, and you envision all the good that new income will do for you. Especially if you’re new to employment, that first paycheck comes fraught with disappointment and the depressing realization that what you put in your wallet does not match the amount quoted. Basic categories of salary The...
Job hunters often hear an old saying that pertains to finding employment: “It’s not what you know, it’s whom you know.” The adage refers to the timeless activity of networking. Much of today’s networking occurs online through such platforms as  LinkedIn  and  Alignable , but the old tried-and-true methods still work and still yield results. However, none of it happens without an investment in...
  No job lasts forever. Whether you’re a loyal employee who has worked for the same employer for decades or a rising professional jumping from position to position to acquire the experience needed to climb the corporate ladder, you will eventually leave that job. Leaving the job with grace and goodwill demands the courtesy of a formal resignation letter. Writing the resignation letter The best resignation letters...
Even with low unemployment, a shallow labor pool, and employers struggling to fill vacant positions and retain good employees, workers must not allow themselves to grow arrogant. Markets are cyclical: this year we have a worker’s market, next year we may have an employer’s market. However, no job lasts forever. We have long since outgrown the expectation of lifetime employment and accepted a new conventional reality of a career...
Often used interchangeably, the terms résumé and curriculum vitae (CV) do not mean the same thing. Which you use may depend upon your location and the career field. Undercover Recruiter  defines the difference between the two common documents used in job applications. The CV provided in-depth information about the applicant and “contains a high level of detail” about the applicant’s achievements....