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7 Simple Tips for Landing your First Online Job
- March 11, 2016
- Posted by: Leigh
- Category: Business
The hardest part of working online is getting your first job. Once you have your first job, and you get a few positive reviews, things become much easier; but getting the first one is hard. To make it easier for you, here are a few tips for landing your first job.
TIP 1: Create a complete profile
Don’t just put up two sentences about how much you want to make money online, put some real effort in. Talk about your skills and experiences and why they make you an asset your employer.
Prospective employers read your profile, and if you don’t put effort into it, it says a lot about how much you really want the job.
TIP 2: Add a great photo
Don’t use a blurry photo taken from your webcam four years ago. Get a good shot. Get something professional that will catch people’s eye. Think of your photo as you turning up to a job interview. How would you look doing that? Well, that’s how you should look in your profile photo.
Great profile pictures capture attention and your prospective employers are more likely to check out your application.
TIP 3: Continuously improve yourself
Having a great profile is great, but don’t stop with the skills and knowledge you’ve got. Make sure you’re continuously improving yourself.
- If you read a job description that requires specific skills that you don’t have, go out and get them.
- If the job description mentions proficiency with a piece of software you’ve never used, sign up for a demo account and practice till you’re experienced enough to talk about it.
- Take online tests to prove your proficiencies
Keep pushing yourself to cover all bases. The more you know and the more useful you are, the better your chances of landing a job.
TIP 4: Lower your rates
Check out the rates your competitors are asking for and beat them by 10%. Without reviews, you need people to take a chance on you, and one of the easiest ways to do that is by being cheaper.
Make sure you specifically state that your rates are lower because you don’t have reviews just yet, just to make sure your employer understands that they will increase in the future, but putting them cheap to start off with will help you land your first job.
TIP 5: Write excellent job applications
When you’re sending out job application after job application, there can be a temptation just to copy and paste your application from one job to another. Resist this temptation. Doing this is the fastest and easiest way to get your application ignored and to never get work.
Read the job description carefully and address each application criteria individually. This is the easiest way to make your application stand out from the crowd.
NOTE: If you want to see this at work, post a job ad for the position you’re applying for. You’ll see how many spam applications get sent through and how the genuine applications stand out. This will also give you a chance to see what a great application looks like so you can start sending them out as well.
TIP 6: Make a KILLER impression
When you make it to the interview stage of a job application, make a KILLER impression. Thoroughly research the company beforehand, be on time, be prepared with any documentation they need, be courteous, thank them for the opportunity, and if necessary, let them know you’re happy to take a short unpaid trial to prove how much of an asset you are to their company.
Worst case scenario is you get your first glowing review. Best case scenario is you get the job.
TIP 7: Over-deliver
When you land your first job, over-deliver on all promises you’ve made.
- Say you’ll have the job done in 36 hours? Have it done in 18.
- Promise 3 versions of a logo? Deliver 5
- Guarantee 15 minute response time? Get back to them in 5
Don’t be good, be great. A huge contributing factor to whether or not you get hired is going to be the quality of reviews people post about you and so be over-delivering, you’re going to increase your chances of getting hired for your next job.
Following these seven steps will ensure you land your first job as quickly as possible.