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I thought it would be beneficial to moms who are considering looking for work through HireMyMom.com to hear from both sides of a business: the employer and a job seeker just like you. So you're about to read the experience from Angela, who is my awesome assistant and from me, an online entrepreneur who runs several websites. I think you'll find the insight invaluable. Be sure to check out my tips on how to get a job through HireMyMom.com at the end of the article.

Angela: I’m a mother of five children under five who left a professional position to be a full-time mom when my twins arrived. I always thought I’d return to work and balance a career and my “mommy job,” but just couldn’t find a position that was flexible enough to accommodate my busy schedule and all the kids’ activities. That’s when I decided to start looking for a job that would let me work from home with hours that I could set – and finding that position is not as easy as you might think.

In addition to the sites that were blatantly sketchy, there are several sites meant to connect employers and job seekers through a “bidding system.” So I tried that too. Unfortunately, with each project I “applied” for I was drastically underbid by someone on the other side of the world. It’s just impossible to compete with the going hourly rate in developing countries!

I thought I had exhausted all possibilities to of earning a little extra cash for the kids’ college accounts when I read about HireMyMom.com in Parents magazine. Well, it was worth a go so I subscribed to their job list and started receiving daily updates from employers advertising “virtual” positions. The big difference with this site is that it caters to professional moms looking for a way to go back to work without leaving their homes. Finally I had found a solution that looked like it might work for me.

On HireMyMom.com you’ll find real employers looking for qualified employees who will appreciate your skills are willing to pay professional moms like you for your experience and qualifications. I’m happy to say that I found a part-time job with an employer (Heather) who both values my skills and pays me well for the work that I do. After nearly seven months of working for her, we’ve never spoken in person but have developed a professional rapport that makes working for her a pleasure. I’m her “virtual assistant,” and we communicate virtually as well – primarily via email and instant messaging. This works well for both of us because we are available online most days throughout the day for questions, assignments and updates. As a mother herself, Heather understands the demands of home responsibilities and is willing to work with my schedule. Flexibility on both ends makes it a mutually beneficial working relationship, and thanks to this job I can spend most of the day with my kids, taking them to classes, going on field trips, and playing with them at home, while dedicating several hours a week to work.

HireMyMom.com has allowed me to earn extra income and still keep my full-time job as Mom. If you’re a professional mom looking for part-time work you can do from home, the right job for you is out there. Employers are looking for you – it’s just a matter of getting in contact with them and finding the right fit. HireMyMom.com is a great place to start!
 


Heather: As an employer, I can tell you what I was looking for when I hired Angela. I needed someone to do some major research for a new site. Someone detailed-oriented who could really take the lead without having to be micro-managed. I received emails from several applicants who were interested. Some were absolutely not qualified and very unprofessional. The ones that were qualified, I emailed them with further information and with any questions I may have had.

Angela did everything right: She responded to the ad quickly with background information about her skills; she seemed enthusiastic about the opportunity; and she could begin immediately.

I am so happy I chose HireMyMom.com for my hiring needs. How else would I have ended up with the best assistant I have ever had?

This could happen for you, too. Here are a few tips for moms when applying for open positions with HireMyMom.com.

1) Explicitly say how you can fill the employer's needs. Do not send an email stating you're interested in the position with no supporting facts about why you are qualified.

Example: Women who would respond saying, "I'm perfect for this job! Please tell me more about the position." Needless to say, I did not respond to those applicants.


2) Show enthusiasm! Show your personality but don't be too informal. Remember you're applying for a job.

Example: This job sounds like it fits my expertise perfectly. [Details about how it does.]

I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to hearing more about it.


3) Do your research. If the employer states the company and/or website that you would be working with in the posting, do the legwork so you can speak to company/site specifics.

Example: Your website [state name] provides an invaluable [service or product] by offering [state what makes them special and unique]. It would be exciting to be a part of something that really makes a difference in people's lives.


4) Be sure to check for leads often. Many times, their needs are immediate so jump on them. If you wait too long, there's a high likelihood that the position will be filled. You're going to be competing with several other candidates so get your email in there right away.


5) Be sure to have resume up-to-date since some employers request them upfront.  For safety reasons, remove your address from there since you're emailing to someone blindly.


6) Make sure you are easily accessible via email. Most employers prefer email or IM as the form of communication, although some do need to speak to you personally on the phone. Whatever the case, you have to be available to them have a good communication flow.
 

7) Don't get discouraged! It takes time to find the perfect working relationship. You'll know after the first project if you've found it.

Good luck on finding a job working from home at HireMyMom.com!
 

 
 
 

 

 

 


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