Changing Careers... to obtain the Telecommuting Lifestyle

Written by Edward B. Toupin

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You want to write a resume that mixes relevant skills, achievements, and experiences. Put your most valuable skills and abilities nearrepparttar beginning and add an objective tailored torepparttar 117813 job you are trying to get. A good outline for a career change resume follows:

* OBJECTIVE Writerepparttar 117814 objective to matchrepparttar 117815 requirements ofrepparttar 117816 job. For instance, if you want a job as an "Internet Sourcer," then you could write something like: "An independent self-starter seeking a contract or freelance position to provide research and analysis skills using knowledge, a positive attitude, and experience as assets forrepparttar 117817 hiring company."

* SKILLS Describe up to five skills or areas of expertise that you can offer. The skills can come from anywhere as long as you can prove them (e.g., a degree you completed last year or a hobby that makes you an expert).

* ACHIEVEMENTS List up to five bulleted points describing positive things you've done related your target job. For example, you can include both paid and volunteer work as well as hobbies or education.

* EDUCATION/TRAINING or EXPERIENCE List those items that fit well with your target career. If your education exemplifies your skills forrepparttar 117818 job, emphasize it. As for experience, list those items in your current and past jobs that emphasize your experience specifically forrepparttar 117819 job and your new career.

If you're curious and want a few examples for a given position, download Copernic ( and use their "Resume" category search. Search for other resumes that meet your requirements for your position. You might also find someone else with your skills and realize that they made it intorepparttar 117820 career you're heading toward!

--- Going Afterrepparttar 117821 New Career ---

Once your resume is complete, go back and search for those positions that match your needs. Examine their requirements and create a cover letter that best describes how your attributes can satisfyrepparttar 117822 needs ofrepparttar 117823 company. Don't use a form cover letter, tailor one for each individual position. When you're confident thatrepparttar 117824 cover letter and resume are ready, send them torepparttar 117825 contacts for each company.

You'll probably have to do this a few times until someone catches on to your skills and hires you. Inrepparttar 117826 process, make sure that you keep track ofrepparttar 117827 companies and their contacts that receive your resume. Sincerepparttar 117828 Web is inundated with repetition, make sure that you don't send your resume more than once torepparttar 117829 same company.

--- What's Next? ---

The idea is not to give up. If your dream is to telecommute, then you need to position yourself such that a telecommuting position can be yours. Just remember that your first job will be "onrepparttar 117830 side" and its purpose is to help you gain experience as a telecommuter in your new career. As you become proficient, update your resume and go afterrepparttar 117831 big job! Just make sure your resume makes it clear that you haverepparttar 117832 skills and desire to be proficient in that new job.

Edward B. Toupin is a telecommuting consultant, writer, and published author living in Las Vegas. You can visit his Web site at or contact him at

How Any Small Business Can Boost Profits Online - Even When ALL Your Customers Are Local

Written by Jerry Buchs

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The faster your list grows,repparttar more people you'll have getting your messages and responding to your offers with REAL sales. So do WHATEVER you can to capture a prospect's email address - atrepparttar 117812 checkout counter, overrepparttar 117813 telephone, through all your printed materials, anywhere and everywhere you can.

Strategy #4: Market to your list(s) early and often!

Businesses that are making money online are doing so because they are 1) building their email list(s) and 2) using their listserver to deliver regular messages to it.

These messages can be: * a company newsletter * updates on your products and services * helpful hints and case studies, so that customers get more value from what they buy * contests, special event announcements, promotions, etc. * specials, sales, offers, discount coupons, etc.

Strategy #5: Automate your follow-up with prospects.

You make money in business with follow-up, by getting in touch with your prospects again and again and again, until they buy. The Sales Manager software enables you to do just that, by giving yourepparttar 117814 technology you need to send up to 25 automated, personalized follow-up messages within a 90-day period. Now, automatically, you will have a follow-up system working for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, contactingrepparttar 117815 prospects you otherwise would have neglected and lost.

BONUS Strategy: Send automated reminders for meetings and appointments, and to renew sales.

Include reminder service software with your website if it fits your business. You can easily send automated email reminders for appointments in a professional practice, when you have meetings with prospects, or when you sell products that are reordered over and over. These reminders enhance your credibility with your prospects and clientele.

Jerry Buchs is a marketing and public relations consultant for businesses and organizations of all sizes. For a free consultation to help you profit online, call Jerry now at 440 985-2813 (ET) or

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