Thursday, 27 September 2018 18:38

Spotting a Work-at-Home Scam

Here at HireMyMom, we strive to be "the" resource for moms looking for great work at home jobs. And we aim to keep HireMyMom 100% scam free. Each job that is posted goes through our approval process. We look for negative reviews and other red flags before deciding if a job will be posted to our members. And there are many that do not pass the test and do not get posted.

We want to help educate our audience on what to look for if a job starts to seem suspicious. 

Here are some signs of potential scams:

• The person offers to send you a check to buy equipment, supplies or some other business items. In this scenario, they will usually send a large check and have you purchase the items and ask you to send back the remaining balance. Once you have sent the balance back, their check has bounced and has left you out your own money that you sent them. 

• Another red flag is if the person wants to chat by text or Google Hangout or hires you without an interview. Normally a person hiring for a real job will use email and then interview you by phone, Skype or FaceTime. 

• Also of concern is if the person asks for personal information up front relating to your identity or banking information. 

These are some of the techniques that we've learned of scammers attempting to use. There may be others. If you have any suspicions or are unsure about a job posting, please contact us so that we can look into it further. 

If you are aware of a scam, here are some other places it can be reported: 

 

 

Let's work together to keep scammers out of business! 

 

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Monday, 11 September 2017 17:24

5 Steps to a Successful LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is the professional social network, and it’s important to put your best foot forward on the site.

While Facebook is more the place for family photos and fun stories, LinkedIn is where you can look for a

job, interact with prospects, and connect with future clients.

While we all know that it’s important to fill out your profile and make it as impressive as possible, there

are some other tips and advice that can take your profile to the next level.

 

Professional Summary

Your professional summary should be a snapshot of your career that is not resume-like. Your resume

and accomplishments can be listed in the “Experience” portion of your profile.

Your summary should include what you do and how you can help others. It should feature keywords

based on your job or business, as well as the major accomplishments that you wish to feature.

In addition to your summary, be sure to fill out as many sections as possible with relevant information; it

will make your profile more robust!

 

Contact Info

How will future clients or a recruiter contact you? Yes, they can go through the LinkedIn site, but they

might want to take the communication off the site.

Be sure to include a working email address and/or phone number directly at the end of your professional

summary. Make it easy for connections to communicate with you, as email and phone calls are typically

more convenient (and checked more frequently) than the site itself.

 

Great Photo

A great photo is a critical component of your LinkedIn profile. While you don’t need to go out and secure

professional headshots, you should enlist the help of a friend or family member, in a nice location, to

assist you. It’s best to avoid the selfies for LinkedIn, and it’s equally as important to be dressed

appropriately.

 

Dressing appropriately does not necessarily mean a formal suit, but it does mean that you want to dress

to attract the type of job and/or clientele that you hope to achieve. If your business is more casual, you

can dress casually but professionally. Speak to your audience in your pose, clothing, photo location, and

smile. Your photo says a lot about you, and it’s important that you spend time making it a reflection of

your professional self.

 

Help Others

Your profile should be a help to others. Whether that person is trying to book a speaker, find more

information about your company, or simply see your past accomplishments, make it easy for them!

Include everything you’ve done that may be of interest, and keep it brief and to the point. When someone

goes to your page, they shouldn’t feel like they have to go to several other profiles to get a solid glimpse at

your professional life.

 

Another way to help others is to provide value in your feed. Take a few moments each day to post a

meaningful or inspirational update to your connections. This keeps you on the minds of these people,

which can make you the first pick when they’re seeking an expert for hire or assistance. These posts

don’t need to be time consuming, but they will go a long way in making you look like the expert in your

field.

 

Recommendations

When you’re going to hire someone or go somewhere, what’s the first thing you do? Look at the reviews!

LinkedIn has their own type of professional review system in their recommendations feature.

Ask some of your top clients or customers to write a review for you. You’ll want to keep these up to date

and featuring the work that you most want to promote. If you worked with an especially exciting client

and they’re happy with your work, make the request right then. If you connect with your top clients at

the right times, they’ll be more than happy to write a glowing recommendation that will help with your

future projects.

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If you work from home, you probably encounter the common misconception that you spend most of your workday sitting on your couch in your pajamas with only a half-charged laptop to keep you in contact with the working world. It is true that working from home gives you a level of freedom that isn't available to the commute-and-cubicle set, but if you're successful, you make your work environment match or even exceed that of a real office. You keep strict hours and a strict dress code, and you have a designated workspace with a range of technologies that keep you productive and competitive.

If you're trying to find this balance, consider the following technologies to help you out. Then, you'll see that they only thing missing from a traditional office is the daily commute.

Track Your Time

Working from home takes discipline. You are surrounded by all kinds of distractions, including the television, laundry, and children, but you have the same demands as any other employee. Technology can be a great tool for separating your work life from your home life. Smartphone apps like Toggl allow you to track your work life the way any at-office time keeper does, so you know when you put your eight hours in. If you need to limit your time on Facebook or BuzzFeed, RescueTime runs in the background on your computer or phone and limits your time on sites that are notorious for wasting time. If you have the opposite problem and find it difficult to separate yourself from work at the end of the day, use Eternity Time Log to restore balance by tracking your work and play. It even connects with your smartwatch to alert you when it might be a good time time to take a break and smell the roses.

Stay Connected

Working from home doesn't always mean working alone. There are meetings to attend and large-scale projects that require collaboration across multiple departments. Google Hangouts and Skype have become standards for video communication on the web. When it's time to get down to work, Dropbox and Quickbase offer specific environments for sharing and managing files. One of the greatest features of these technologies is the ability to track changes over time and quickly delegate tasks for different team members. Physical offices used to be a necessity because you needed an actual location to bring everyone together, but as technology finds newer, better ways for people to connect from remote locations, the cube farm becomes more and more irrelevant.

Make Your Home a Place of Business

If you run your own business out of your house, technology is necessary for promoting your business and giving you a leg up in a competitive market. If you meet with clients at your home office, there are subtle ways to make it feel more like a place of business. When combined with mirroring capabilities of Apple TV and Chromecast, a high-def OLED display is perfect for displaying PowerPoint presentations and product demonstrations. Your clients will be so impressed, they won't ever want to go back to their office.

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Having a prominent, consistent and engaging social media presence is non-negotiable if you want to be successful; it builds trust with customers, draws in new customers and helps retain customers. That said, there are specific strategies businesses can use to improve social networking tactics and, ultimately, drive more business.

Focus

There are countless social networks to choose from, each one with its own medium. For example, Pinterest and Instagram focus on visuals, Twitter relies on text and Reddit runs on its discussions. Not all business models are fit for every social network. It is important for businesses to focus on one to two social accounts that really fit the business model, brand, customer base and overall goals. To do this, research your demographic to find out which social networks they use the most. From there, narrow that down to the networks you can use effectively and consistently.

Use Hashtags and Tags

Customers browsing through social media platforms find businesses at random through hastags. Hashtags group relevant content together making it easier for potential customers to find your business. You can create a hashtag specific to a campaign to expand your brand reach. As an example, Lifelock uses this technique on their Facebook page with the hashtag #Lifelockforgood which highlights the businesses volunteering efforts.

Build Trust Through Consistency

Social media platforms are excellent resources to build trust and sincere relationships with your customers and clients. But, in order to build that foundation, your business must have a consistent presence on social media. When a potential customer or client considers buying from you, they will likely visit your social accounts, and if you haven't tweeted, pinned or updated a status in more than three weeks, it could cause the customer to veer away and buy from someone else. Build a consistent schedule that your business can stick to. Gain the trust of your customers and prove your validity as a resource for what your audience needs.

Engage and Respond

No one wants to interact with auto-responses or a constant barrage of pre-scheduled posts and updates. It is essential that businesses engage with customers and respond to inquiries in a timely manner. This humanizes your business and instills a certain level of comfort and shows that your employees are relatable. Engaging with your customers will make your brand stand out instead of blending in with flat, one-dimensional businesses.

Create a Manageable Schedule

Being a consistent voice on social media platforms can be a hefty amount of work if you're not organized. Creating a schedule or editorial calendar is more efficient than spending hours posting everyday. A few things to consider:

Is your audience engaged? Creating a winning editorial calendar that posts everyday at noon is pointless if your demographic is most active in the evening. Use social media analytics tools like Buffer or Hootsuite to determine the best time of day for you to schedule posts.

What content is most popular? Track the most popular content for your audience so you can continue to maximize on that interest and engagement across all channels.

Are you posting actionable marketing? You want to include things like coupon codes, previews of new arrivals or any other incentive for followers to find out more information about your business and make a purchase.

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