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The Social Job Search Revolution

Gone were the days when all you needed was a resume and references to get a job. Nowadays, HR managers, employers, and potential clients are looking into social media to help them find the right candidate.

So, what does this mean for the work-at-home parent? How can you leverage social media to help you find a job or more clients for your business?

First and foremost, you have to have a social media account, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler or LinkedIn. For a lot of employers and clients, having an online presence increases your credibility and, at the very least, confirms your identity.

Secondly, keep your accounts family friendly. Don’t post or share anything you would hesitate sharing with a stranger. Think like a celebrity when you’re online, protect your reputation and enhance it with relevant posts and information.

Lastly, create a online portfolio of what you can do and market yourself. Catch their attention by showing your best work. Encourage your friends, family and acquaintances to spread the word on what you can do. Remember, it’s not bragging if it’s true and if you’re really good, your portfolio would be more than enough to get you the job.

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Graphic Designer – March 19, 2013

Graphic Design Museum

Graphic Design Museum (Photo credit: filmvanalledag)

We’re currently looking for a freelance graphic designer who can do the following:

  • Website graphic design
  • Video graphic design
  • Infographics
  • Video Editing ( using Camtasia & or Imovie/ Final Cut )
  • Powerpoint/ Keypoint Video Creation
  • Cartoon Video Creation (Videoscribe)

Video editing experience would be an advantage. Work hours would be from 5pm-2am(1hour break). Click here for more details about the position and how to apply.

Sinugba Festival: Grilling With The Greats

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My husband and I love grilled food. So when we heard about the Sinugba festival here in Davao and the eat-all-you-can Sinugba buffet on Friday night, we decided to make that our date night.

We knew it was going to be good when we saw some of our favorite grill places there. From Conchings to Riley Simon, to Zabadani, there was something for everyone. We were glad we got there extra early because it gave us a chance to watch them prepare and cook some of our favorite things to eat.

Me, my sister and I waiting in line for the festival

Me, my sister and I waiting in line for the festival

Getting there early also helped ensure that we got into the buffet early. The organizers told us they expected 800 people but from we saw, there were more than a thousand guests at the festival.

Barbecue, glorious barbecue!

Barbecue, glorious barbecue!

Got the barbecue and the beer, now all we need is the beach.

Got the barbecue and the beer, now all we need is the beach.

Slowly roasted beef smothered in yogurt and herbs. It smelled so good I wanted to stay in the smoke.

Slowly roasted beef smothered in yogurt and herbs. It smelled so good I wanted to stay in the smoke.

Barbecue ribs and isaw prepared to order, both marinated in yogurt, fresh herbs and gata (coconut milk). Yum!

Barbecue ribs and isaw prepared to order, both marinated in yogurt, fresh herbs and gata (coconut milk). Yum!

You can’t help but appreciate the skill and the effort these cooks and grillmasters put into each dish. It’s hard to do everything to order, especially at an eat-all-you-can event. You risk the wrath of customers if you don’t deliver the food on time. But I really appreciated that they instead chose to deliver the best product every time.

Aren't these the loveliest little burgers you've ever seen?

Aren’t these the loveliest little burgers you’ve ever seen?

Grilled seafood, pork and chicken all in one plate

Amazing grilled seafood, pork and chicken all in one plate.

There were some complaints because it was a bit crazy and chaotic. The organizers weren’t able to anticipate the number of people participating. But I really can’t complain much. I came for good food and I got it. It was a lovely night, warm and windy. I ate under the stars with my husband and with good friends. I’m so looking forward to doing this again next year.

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IT Support – March 18, 2013

Image representing Five9 as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

An American company is looking for a  Homebased IT Specialist that support both Windows and Linux desktops with Office applications, MS Office, Outlook and client applications in a network environment. Must be knowledgeable in Five9 application , experience in handling vicidial and asterisk.

The candidate must have:
a) Minimum of 2 years in IT discipline and 1 year
experience with pc support.
b) Must be able to trouble shoot and resolve technical problems
quickly and can work with minimal supervision.
c) The prevailing candidate will show a predisposition to action and will be strongly focused on customer support.

Click here for more details about the position and how to apply.


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Working Without Experience, Yes You Can!

telecommuting

telecommuting (Photo credit: jessamyn)

I’ve met a lot of moms who expressed interest in working from home. Most of those who don’t go through with it have one thing in common. They all believe that they don’t have the experience needed to be able to work at home.

As long as you know how to use a computer, you have experience.

As long as you’ve had a job before, you have experience.

The great thing about working online or having an online, home-based business is you can practically do ANYTHING you want. You can make money on the skills you already have and what you’re passionate about. You can start a business, freelance, or get a job online.

Just to give you an example, let’s say you’re someone with no work experience, you’ve only finished high school,  you know how to use Microsoft Word and Excel, and you know how to use Facebook.

I can already think of several jobs off the top of my head that you can do:

  • Data encoder – There’s a lot of competition for data encoder jobs and the pay isn’t much but it’s something practically anyone can do.
  • Answer surveys/market research – All you need for this is another email account (to avoid spamming your personal email) and a few minutes to fill up a survey and give your opinion.
  • Blogger/writer – If you love to write, why not make a living out of it. It may take a while for you to have regular clients or to set up a blog that earns but it can be very rewarding especially if writing is truly your passion.
  • Online retailer – If you know how make crafts, cook, or you have talents like playing the piano, tutoring, gardening, you can sell you products and services on Facebook, Fiverr, Ebay, Etsy, Pinterest, Multiply, Amazon,sulit.com.ph. etc. I have a cousin who likes to bead everything (not just jewelry, bags and other accessories, she also beads kitchen items) and she gets regular clients and custom orders from that single skills. Once, she created a set of beaded cutlery and she was able to sell that set for 4 times what it was actually worth. I have friend, who is a sculptor, who sells her custom clay jewelry and accessories online and she also markets her art classes there.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless, even if you think that you have no experience. All it takes is a little imagination and a little elbow grease.


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Virtual Assistant/Blogger – March 15, 2013

English: Blogger and Broadcaster

English: Blogger and Broadcaster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For mommies who love to write but can’t write full-time and those who have experience in marketing and strategy, I have the perfect job for you.

Vantage Strategy and Marketing, an Australian business seeks a permanent, part time virtual assistant to help service clients and build the business. Primary responsibilities of the VA/blogger include:

  • Research and write blogs on strategy and marketing,
  • Develop and implement social media strategy,
  • Develop content and implement across LinkedIn, Twitter, web and other channels.
  • Design templates and content for e-newsletters.
  • Update website content and contacts.
  • Undertake web redesign and SEO.
  • Prepare presentations on PowerPoint

Click here for more details about the position.

To Apply please send an email to James at jatkins@vantagemarketing.com.au explaining why you would be a great Virtual Assistant. Please include your resume as an attachment.