An Open Letter to People Who Place Employment Ads

Dear People Who Place Employment Ads:

Can we talk? It’s about your job ads. They’re starting to get a little out of hand.

I get it. You want to make sure you’re receiving individualized responses from job candidates, rather than the same old, cookie cutter responses. You also want to be sure candidates are thoroughly reading the job ad to make sure they’re the right fit. You take these steps to make sure no one’s time is wasted, least of all not your own.

But you know what?

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Using the Japanese Art of Decluttering to Organize Your Professional Life

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japenese Art of Decluttering by Marie Kondo

I recently read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japenese Art of Decluttering by Marie Kondo for my book club. And, yes, while it did have me cleaning out my closets, I found that this book helped even more when I applied the basic principles of the Japanese art of decluttering to how I approach my professional life.

Wait! Don’t leave. Hear me out on this.

In the book, Kondo explains how we’re more at peace in our mindset when we keep a tidy home. I get this. I have a hard time getting into the groove when I’m watching dog hair tumbleweeds roll past me as I’m working. In fact, if something catches my eye as being out of place or in need of a dust rag, I won’t be able to get down to business until I get my area in order.

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Thoughtful Holiday Gift Ideas for Telecommuters 2016

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Over the years I’ve seen many suggestions for holiday gift ideas for telecommuters. There are very few items on many of these lists that I’d add to my own wish list. Either they’re way over the top expensive, impractical, or just plain boring.

Just because I work from home, doesn’t mean I’m without a life or that I don’t want cool things for my home office.

I decided to put together my own list of holiday gift ideas, sharing both the practical and frivolous. Every gift suggestion here is either something I want or something I have and love. Also, I tried to find affordable suggestions. For example, you won’t find the expensive massage chair with all the bells and whistles on this list.

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200 Companies That Are ALWAYS Hiring Telecommuters

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As I make my rounds around (what I like to call) the telecommuting jobs circuit each day, I notice certain companies always seem to be hiring telecommuters. Some of these companies don’t hire remote workers exclusively, and others have a completely distributed workspace where all staff works from home. I started adding these companies to a running list of telecommute-friendly business. As you can imagine. this list is constantly growing.

I’d like to share my list with you today. Some of these companies offer full-time work, with all the perks and benefits that come with such employment. Other brands listed here are always looking for freelancers and independent contractors.

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8 Free Job Search Apps to Help You Find Work!

I use a variety of job search apps to find clients and projects. In addition to seeking out new projects to add to my regular client base, I also like to stay apprised of current career trends. I can’t always spend my working time searching for leads, so using job search apps enable me to conduct searches at times that are convenient for me.

Most job search sites enable seekers to upload cover letters, resumes, and other important information. With job  search apps you can use your uploaded information to apply for jobs anywhere, at any time. Plus, most apps store your search criteria to show you the most current leads within those parameters. Mobile job search apps mean you’re not chained to your desk all day.

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My Top 11 Home Office Essentials

Home Office EssentialsEvery telecommuter has a list of essentials to have in their home office. If you were to ask people who work from home for a list of their home office “must haves,” you’ll find responses vary, though. That’s because we’re all comfortable with different things. So what works best for me, won’t necessarily work for you.

In any event, I’m sharing my list of must haves for anyone who might find it useful. After you’re done reading, share your favorites or tell me how silly you think my choices are. I’m always looking for good suggestions for staying focused, organized, and comfortable during the work day.

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14 Facebook Groups for Finding Telecommute Job Leads

Telecommute Job Leads on Facebook

Job search engines such as Indeed are helpful tools for finding telecommute job leads. However, it’s a mistake to rely on job search engines exclusively. Though no one is arguing their usefulness and that there are good jobs to be found, it’s best to expand your search to include other options in addition to job search engines.

Social media can yield some interesting results, but lately I’m finding some really cool leads on Facebook. In fact,  I joined a few groups on Facebook specifically geared towards job sharing with good results. Not all of the groups are specific to telecommuting, but each niche does share occasional telecommute job leads from time to time.

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