Let’s be honest, being a working mom is HARD. You miss your kids, you have loud co-workers, and let’s not get started on the commute. But there is hope! When you think of work from home jobs, you probably think of selling Thrive or Doterra (and not knocking that, and if you would like more information, I can certainly point you toward people that can help you with those companies in the comments).
However, there are plenty of legitimate work from home jobs for moms who work in marketing, graphic design, software development, project management, administrative, accounting, and the list goes on and on and on! This post is a round up of the best places to find those jobs and how to prepare yourself for your interviews.
How is that resumé looking?
First and foremost, make sure your resumé is up to scratch. If you need help with that, check out http://jobscan.co for help. You can also run your LinkedIn profile through their algorithm for the tips and suggestions.
Ninety percent of large companies use Applicant Tracking Systems to search for qualified candidates from large applicant pools. These systems help employers by analyzing resumes and CVs, surfacing candidates that best match the position and filtering out those who don’t. Job Scan has researched the top systems used by thousands of companies, and built their algorithm based on the common patterns among them.
Where to look
PowerToFly is a community for women, trans, gender non-conforming and non-binary people to elevate their careers by gaining access to companies creating the diverse and inclusive environments where we all belong.
In addition to connecting you with hiring managers, they aim to close gender gaps in tech and across digital, through events with company executives, training webinars, ebooks and access to their talent management team that may give on-the-spot coaching for selected candidates.
Mothers are a major growth engine in our economy and represent a significant share of our nation’s intellectual capital — yet 43% of skilled American women leave the workplace after becoming mothers.
At The Mom Project, they’re committed to helping women remain active in the workforce in every stage in their journey and they’re proud to work with employers who are committed to designing and
supporting a better workplace.
We Work Remotely is the largest community on the web (with over 2,500,000 monthly visitors) to find and list remote jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a specific location.
They offer a huge variety of work from home jobs and it is definitely worth taking the time to browse through. All of the companies are legitimate and as a result, the application process might feel lengthy, but it is because they are searching for the best workers they can find!
26,984 of the world’s best tech companies and startups are hiring on AngelList. AngelList is different because you can see the salary ranges for each job and even search by salaries. Also, there are no middle men. You’ll speak directly to founders and hiring managers and no third party recruiters allowed. Finally, only companies you apply to will see you’re looking for a job. Your current boss won’t know.
Preparing for a virtual interview
Thanks to these tips from Salary.com, you’ll be prepped and ready for your first virtual interview in no time!
Get Your Technology in Order
Be sure the technology being used for the virtual interview is installed and working before your meeting. Test the Internet connectivity, as well as the microphone and camera to ensure you’ll be able to proceed without a hitch. Technology glitches on the day of the interview send the wrong impression, casting doubts on your interest in the job, your technological savvy, and your ability to problem solve.
Also, try to avoid jokes about the online part of your job interview. Don’t talk about how weird or surreal it is to interview with someone virtually, because it makes you look inexperienced. Especially if the job is in a technical field. In a nutshell, act like you’ve been there before.
Prepare Your Environment
If possible, position your computer and webcam so there’s a blank wall in back of you. If that’s not possible, manipulate the background so it appears you are in a professional setting. Think bookshelves in the background, rather than your unmade bed or vintage Cheryl Tiegs poster.
Turn off the television, radio, or other noise before beginning, and make sure pets and children are situated so they don’t make unannounced — and unappreciated — guest appearances.
Dress for Success
Dress for a virtual interview the same way you would for an in-person interview. If you’re unsure what attire the situation calls for, ask the human resources professional what is appropriate. Avoid wearing bright or distracting colors, or jewelry that is remarkable.
You want the interviewer to focus on you, not on your outfit.
Position Yourself to Win
Because you won’t have the benefit of a face-to-face connection, your body language becomes even more obvious — and important to manage — in a virtual interview.
Sit up straight, maintain the illusion of eye contact by looking at the webcam and not at the image on your computer screen, and don’t slouch, yawn, or fidget. Some virtual interview software programs allow the employer to rewind, meaning bad moments can be viewed over and over again.
Go for a Practice Run
Enlist the help of a trusted friend or family member — someone who will be honest with you — and ask them to run through a mock interview with you using the virtual interview technology. In addition to testing the technology, your trusted advisor can tell you whether you are adequately seen and heard, how the lighting is, how you appear on the camera, and whether you come off as professional, prepared, enthusiastic, and interested.
At the very least this should ease your mind about how you look and sound, giving you the freedom to focus on the things that really matter.
Show AND Tell
During in-person meetings, an interviewer may get a sense of how a person will fit into an organization based simply on their presence and the “vibe” they throw off. Not so in virtual interviews.
It’s extra important to do some research on both the company and the job, and tell the interviewer in detail why your qualifications, experience, and skill set makes you deserving of a second interview. Because the miles between you won’t allow the interviewer to “feel” your enthusiasm, make sure you convey interest using voice intonation and facial expression.
Take Your Time, Get It Right
Practice managing your responses to potential questions so they are clear, succinct, and highlight excellent verbal communication skills.
Eliminate “um” and “uh” from your sentences, and pay strict attention to grammar. If you are sharing a screen and/or asked to type during your virtual interview, make sure you type carefully and read your answers before hitting send. No grammatical errors or typos!
Think of virtual interviews as the “speed dating” of the work world.
Organizations want to get a quick sense of who you are, so they can determine if they will advance you to the next round. Instead of trying to be the person you think the interviewer is looking for, be yourself. Being true to yourself is the best way to highlight what you can offer, and will make it easier for the organization to determine if you’re a good fit.
Don’t sweat it, you’ve got this
For most organizations, the virtual interview serves as the first step in the job recruitment process, allowing the company to cast a wide net, screen potential applicants, and narrow the field to the most qualified candidates. It’s easy to get thrown for a loop at the prospect of interviewing for a potentially life-changing job from your living room without ever actually meeting another human being, but rest assured there are ways to stay calm and in control.
Follow the tips outlined in this article, and you’ll be that much closer to a coveted job offer.