If your resume is in need of some beefing up you may want to consider a part-time opportunity that makes use of your skills while allowing you to learn new abilities or refine natural vocations and gifts.
Having a part time job during seasons of unemployment is very useful in ensuring you don’t have gaps in employment and you maintain a sense of structure in your life.
Some human resources professionals will be tempted to recommend that you stay away from anything below your perceived pay scale but we have found that maintaining employment continuity shows flexibility and adaptability.
Here are a few jobs you may want to explore:
If you have a knack for typing and grammar, then transcription can be a great job for you. There are plenty of online transcription services constantly in need of talented individuals. As a transcriptionist, you will provide accurate and affordable audio and video transcription for a variety of clients. All you need is a computer, certain audio software, and the ability to accurately transcribe a client’s audio. Some companies will pay per audio minute while others will pay per word, so the amount of money you make depends on how quickly you can complete your assignments. The best part about it is that you can typically set your own hours, allowing you to easily work around your current job’s schedule.
Do you have brains and a knack for teaching others? If so, you could always become an online tutor. Sites such as Tutor.com are always looking for new tutors to help their K-12 clients with their homework or other school assignments. If you’re great at breaking down information to help others understand it and are willing to take the time to teach others, tutoring can be a great way to put some extra cash in your pocket.
Are you bilingual? Being fluent in another language can provide you with great online job opportunities. Many companies are in search of the highest quality professional translators from around the globe to help them fulfill their clients’ translation needs. Many businesses need to translate documents in order to globally partner with businesses, so they hire translation service providers to do this for them instead of using tools like Google Translate. If you are extremely fluent in another language and can easily write new documents that are grammatically and contextually correct, being an online translator is a great way to bring in some extra money.
There are plenty of companies out there looking to hire writers for a variety of reasons. Many companies hire bloggers or other online article writers to push out a variety of content on their business to help boost their SEO. Some hire writers to draft product descriptions for their websites or catalogs, and others are simply looking for someone that can draft press releases or write copy for their brochures, websites or white papers. If you enjoy writing, you can use websites like Odesk.com to help get you started.
5. Customer Service
Plenty of companies today are now outsourcing their customer service efforts. As a customer service representative, you will be trained in how to handle a customer’s issues, and you can either perform your work through online chats or even over the phone. If you enjoy talking with others and helping them solve their problems, you should consider becoming a customer service representative.
6. Data Entry
If entering data into documents, databases and spreadsheets seems like something you’d enjoy, you can easily find an online data entry position. There are plenty of companies that need information stored into other documents, and they’d rather outsource this work to someone else than have one of their own employees do it. You can easily find these jobs on sites like Freelancer.com, which allow you to “bid” on projects and get paid as they’re completed.
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