â€œPlease help me, Iâ€™m a mother of three children and I really need to work at home to support my family. My husband is on disability and this opportunity means a lot to me. I have over 5 years of experience as a receptionist for a big bio-chemical firm. I have a computer and Microsoft Word, but I would really like to do data entry at home. Please accept my resume of your open position. Please consider me, you wonâ€™t be sorry. I really need this job.â€
The above e-mail is not made-up; it is a real e-mail. And I get dozens of e-mails like this daily and I donâ€™t have an open work-at-home position! I just wrote a book on how to find and get a telecommuting job.
Employers that do have open positions get hundreds (yes, I said hundreds) of messages like this from would-be applicants, weekly. And none of them are considered. Why? Are the employers cold-hearted? No. But they are in the business of making money. This letter says nothing about getting business done and making money!
This letter instead says, â€œI lack confidence. Iâ€™ll have a myriad of excuses later on why I canâ€™t get the work done. You are my personal savior and I need you to make my life right.â€
When in fact, most employers are looking for:
- Efficiency (no excuses — get the work done, please)
- Professionalism (no emotional baggage)
So knowing this, letâ€™s re-write the above letter:
I saw your advertisement for a Virtual Transcriptionist and thought, â€œthis would be a perfect fit.â€ I have over 7 years of experience in transcription and my office is outfitted with all the equipment needed (I have both a Mac and a PC with various transcription equipment that plays both digital and analog media). My attached resume outlines my previous work and I have references available. Iâ€™m very excited about this opportunity and I hope we can talk about the possibilty of testing or sending me a sample of your work that needs transcribing so I can demonostrate my skills. I can be reached via e-mail or phone . . .
Wow. Big difference huh? So when you apply for a telecommuting job, make sure you sound like the confident, efficient person at the end of this article. Not the desperate person at the top.