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Part-Time Rock Star

In trying to get ahead in this world, one thing that you can do is take on extra work. During the trying times of a recession and its lasting effects, you have to use every opportunity to its full advantage and never shun a chance to make some extra cash.

Harder, better, faster, stronger; these are not just novelty ideas taken from the title of a Daft Punk song. To make it in today’s economic climate, one has to do just that; work harder, do better, make it faster and perform it stronger.

One easy way to perform all the aforementioned tasks and stay ahead of the competition is to get a part-time gig. A full-time job may leave you spent and confused at times. After a hard day’s work, the last thing on your mind is probably doing more work. But sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and do it up.

A part-time job might not always seem like the ideal solution, but sometimes you have just got to do what you got to do. Extra income is almost always a welcomed idea. Although taking on a part-time may just cut into your personal time, at least you will have more money coming in.

Part-time jobs can come in many different forms. Restaurant gigs are easy to come by, as are convenience store cashier jobs or even bank teller posts. Whatever the position may be, an additional influx of cash flow is always a good thing, so take it as it comes.

Whatever the case may be, one should always keep doors open. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, you what I’m saying?

If you have a job plus a side gig to fall back on, you are automatically ahead of the game.

The job market is still tough, and if you have one, I am happy for you. In fact not only I, but my leagues of followers are also happy for you. Go ahead and feel privileged; I do.

 

 

Is there a fee to become a Job Scout for JobNab?

This is one of the most asked questions regarding the Job Scout position. As any Job Scout will tell you — as well as any JobNab employee — there is absolutely no fee to become a job scout.

The fact that this is asked so much actually disturbs us quite a lot. If there’s that many people asking us if there’s a fee, it must mean there’s plenty of jobs out there that do charge one. And if there’s that many companies doing it, that must mean they get several people to actually pay to start a job.

So let’s be clear about something: do not ever pay a fee to an employer to go to work for them. They are supposed to be paying you.

Where the confusion undoubtedly comes in to play is that there are instances where you can pay someone to help you find a job. For instance there are employment agencies and resume services. The difference is that these are third parties performing a service for you and/or the employer. They are a middleman with no stake in the transaction other than what they are being paid.

However, when the only two parties involved are you and the employer, you shouldn’t pay any money to them what so ever.

So, to say again, there is no fee to get started as a JobNab Job Scout. There is no software to buy for your computer since our technology is handled through our website. There is no additional equipment you need to buy to be a Job Scout.

All JobNab needs is your commitment and good work ethic. The same that’s asked of any new employee at any job.

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.

Driving Traffic to Your Job Ads on JobNab

One of the key components of the Job Scout position is driving traffic to your own job ads.

For scouts to make money, they need people to see their job ads. The more people that see the ads, the more opportunity there is to earn income. That’s why it’s vital to advertise each job posted to the JobNab system as much as possible.

During training we mention several sites where an ad may be placed for free. The question we’re most asked is, “which one works best?” However, you see, this is the wrong question to ask. Scouts shouldn’t be focused on just one, but on all of those sites and a few beyond that.

To get as many eyeballs as you can to look at your post on JobNab, you have to really put your ads out there. Think of it like advertising for any product. Which do you think works better: putting a poster for your product in one location that receives a lot of foot traffic, or putting it in that same place and a few dozen more?

The sites we suggest are just the ones we know are national sites that receive good traffic. It’s up to you to find as many more that speak to your local market as you can, as well as any national boards we might have overlooked.

Once you master advertising your job posts you will see a marked improvement in your commissions.

Posting the Correct Source Link for the Job

One of the most common stumbling blocks Job Scouts trip over is the source link for the job listings they find. This is the most common reason that job posts are declined.

Admittedly, it can be difficult to get the right source link for a job post. Depending on the way the employer’s site is designed, the link may be hard to figure out. But let’s start with the basics before we move up to the trickier stuff.

The source link is, quite simply, the link someone would click on to get directly to the original description/posting for the job. You don’t want to send them to the employer’s home page, or the list of all positions available at the company. The user is paying to cut right to the chase and start applying immediately.

The trick is that the URL in your address bar may not be that direct link. Depending on the way the site is designed the page with the job application may be part of a unique session. What that means is if you copy and paste the URL from your address bar and give it to someone else, the session is restarted and they will be taken to the employer’s main page and not the specific job listing.

You can test this out by copying the URL out of your address bar, open a second browser — Explorer if you typically use Firefox or vice versa —  and paste the link into that address bar. If you get right to the page, you’re good to go. However, if you are sent someplace else, like the main employment page, you’ll need to find the direct link another way.

More often than not, there is a “share this job with a friend” link, or an option to email that job to a friend. If it’s a link, that’s the link you want to put into the JobNab system — testing it first, or course. If it’s just the option to email the job to a friend, email it to yourself. The email will have the direct link that you can then enter into your back office.

If those options don’t exist, you may need to do some digging around to see where the direct link is. Again, it really depends on the design of the site, but normally there is a direct link available and shouldn’t be hard to find.