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Home-Based Seasonal Jobs
With the holidays looming and budgets tight, home-based seasonal jobs
can offer a good way to generate some extra cash. Work-at-home customer
service agents are particularly in demand during holiday crushes, as
orders pour in for everything from flowers and pizza to catalogue
Positions pay on average between $8 and $15 per hour, and sometimes
more with incentives. Maybe not enough to get rich, but certainly worth
a look as unemployment and the "recession that has ended" grind on.
Here are just a few of the opportunities we've seen recently.
— 1-800-FLOWERS, as it often does during major holidays, is
looking for home-based agents in selected states. For details, see
— Arise, which hires home-based agents as independent
contractors, is actively seeking inbound customer service and technical
support agents for a major tax software company. For more, see
— VIPdesk, which hires home-based agents and concierges as
employees, and often offers paid training, seeks customer service
agents to handle their Eddie Bauer account. For details, see
— Alpine Access announced recently that it seeks 1,000 home-based
customer service representatives. To apply, see
TIPS FOR LANDING SEASONAL JOBS
Work-at-home positions are always popular with job seekers, but now the
demand is especially high. Here are some tips for landing that seasonal
slot and keeping your options open for extended employment, too.
— Apply early! Don't wait until the eleventh hour and expect these positions to be open.
Not only do the jobs go fast, companies often need time to train new
hires, so they'll be proficient by the time the holiday rush begins.
— Be flexible and available. Don't be an "hour diva," setting a
lot of restrictions on when you can work. When a company hires seasonal
help it's because they're inundated with business. Whenever possible,
let the hirer know that you're willing to work as many hours as they
need. Everyone likes flexibility in their work schedules, but if you
can say "yes" to weekends, evenings or even holidays, you'll stand out
from the crowd.
— Let your positive attitude shine through. Happy as the holidays
themselves may be, the time leading up to them can be extremely
stressful (especially for frantic shoppers, who sometimes may be short
on patience). Let hirers know that you can handle high-stress
situations with diplomacy, tact and a positive attitude.
— Showcase your customer service skills and experience. As
mentioned, most seasonal jobs involve customer service. If your
background includes handling incoming calls, email or other consumer
contact — especially in a sales environment — be sure to
showcase it in your resume and application.
— Once you get your foot in the door, perform, perform, perform!
A great impression is your quickest route to a glowing reference, a job
next season or a longer stay with the company.
Christine Durst and Michael Haaren are leaders in the work-at-home
movement and advocates of de-rat-raced living. Their latest book is
"Work at Home Now," a guide to finding home-based jobs. They offer
additional guidance on finding home-based work at
www.RatRaceRebellion.com. To read features by other Creators Syndicate
writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at
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