Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Best Jobs to Find

There are many elements to the Job Scout position that determines success. The most obvious is the jobs that are scouted.

What are the best jobs to be found? Simply put, the ones that are off the beaten path.

The value of JobNab for the users is that they will not only receive a list of jobs targeted specifically to their needs, but also ones that they can’t find too easily on their own.

Economies are driven by people paying others to make or do things for them. That can be things that they either can’t or don’t want to do for themselves. For instance, when you buy a TV it’s essentially because you can’t build one yourself. You’re paying someone else to do that for you. Or, more to the point, when you go out to eat it’s not because you can’t necessarily prepare your own meal, it’s just that you want someone else to do it for you.

That’s what Job Scouts are doing. Scouts are finding jobs for others who want someone else to do most of the work. And also just like a restaurant where the more complicated or involved the meal goes for a  higher price, the harder to find jobs are the best on JobNab.

Jobs found on major job boards such as CareerBuilder, Monster, Yahoo Hotjobs, etc., are sort of like peanut butter and jelly. Restaurants don’t put that on the menu, so JobNab does not allow Scouts to charge for them. Those jobs are easy to find and most users have already seen and applied for them.

The jobs that do best are the ones that take a little more time to find. A little more effort is needed to find these jobs, which is what makes them valuable to someone else. They’ll only pay if the job is one they haven’t already found on their own.

Where do you find these jobs? There are several places to look. Company websites are one, local job boards is another. It depends on the Scout’s assigned market. Each market is unique, so each Scout will need to do a little research to find these sources. To begin, Scouts need to ask themselves: who are the major employers in the market? Do they advertise on the national boards or just locally? Keep an eye out for advertising on bus stops or billboards for a local job board. Maybe even try the Sunday classifieds to get leads. Be creative. Do the work that others don’t have the time to do.

For your jobs to have value, they need to be valuable. It’s really that simple.

The Work from Home Discipline

Working from home is a very alluring prospect. No commute; no budget for office clothes; you can kiss the kids as they head off to school and be there when they come back; and the dog will probably enjoy that extra midday walk.

But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Distractions abound when you’re at home. The Price is Right, that staple of college dorm rooms everywhere, suddenly looks very appealing again. Without the specter of a boss looming over your shoulder, your internet browser might just find its way to TMZ or ESPN more than it should. Friends and family don’t feel as awkward about interrupting you in the middle of the day since you’re not technically “at work”. And it’s a lot easier to dawdle while performing those quick errands since you don’t have to rush back to the office.

Working from home takes far more discipline than working from on an office, especially in a job like the Job Scout position because there are no deadlines and there are no quotas. You choose how much you want to earn, and consequently how much work is involved to reach that level. The problem is doing all of the work required to reach the income level you desire.

When working at home, it’s just too easy to put off your work until later because of all of the distractions. It’s easy to say that you’ll get to it later, and then later becomes a few days. Before you know it, the week is over and you’ve only posted five or six jobs. And since there are no quotas imposed on you, there’s no reason to cram it all into one night. So you decide to start a new week, but the same distractions keep getting in the way and another week ends with a couple of jobs posted.

When scouts ask us why they aren’t earning a significant amount of money, the number one answer is usually that they haven’t either posted enough jobs or they haven’t done enough advertising for those jobs.

To effectively work from home you have to diminish the distractions, and you have to discipline yourself. You have to set your own quotas and abide by them. You have to set your own deadlines and abide by them. You have to be the boss standing over your shoulder making you work.

The more work you do, the more you make. Yes, working smarter is also key, but unless you do the minimum, you won’t earn a very large paycheck.

So do whatever you need to do to make sure that you put in the hours you need. Lock yourself in a room, unplug TVs, turn off the phone. Whatever it is that distracts you from your work, remove it while you do.

The Importance of Your Job Scout Profile

When it comes to increasing revenue, the one thing that many Job Scouts may have overlooked is their profile.

Why? The charges for using the site boil down to a payment for your research skills. Users are paying you to post job listings that they either can’t, or don’t have the time to, find themselves. Your profile tells them why they should trust that you’ll do your job as efficiently as possible.

Consider that your profile is like a resume that will get you “the job” dozens of times a day. Take your time writing it. Be thoughtful about the information you give. Whereas you want to show a little personality, too much could cost you a user’s confidence. Concentrate on such things as your work ethic and knowledge of the job market. Those are the elements that will really sell you as a scout.

Include a professional picture on your profile that’s actually you. Yes, your kids are adorable, but that’s not what people are looking for in a job scout. Also be sure to proof read it at least twice, embarrassing typos is another good way to lose people.

Also, monitor your rating. This is a star rating between 1 and 4 stars that you receive from users. It’s determined by an objective questionnaire users take after applying for one of your jobs. If it drops, you need to review your posts to determine why. It could be that you described the job poorly or inaccurately. If you’re unsure, contact your manager for assistance.