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Online jobs may sound pretty cool especially if you work right at the comforts of your home. However, the competition is tough. The need to stay on top of the game requires a good strategy and the ability to sell yourself to prospective clients or employers in the internet. One good way to do that is to post your profile online or create a profile that clearly points out your skills, expertise, and experience. Here’s a sample of my profile I submitted for my employer from Taiwan:

*Take note that the sample profile below emphasizes my teaching experience since my employer is an administrator of an online English school, and the job I applied for is an online English instructor.

 

 

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May P.

Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science/Professional Education Certificate (PEC)

May had been a consistent dean’s lister in her college years. She graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as cum laude. She then took the Professional Education Certificate (PEC) program to hone her teaching skills. Before she began teaching, she worked as a marketing assistant and circulation-in-charge at a local publishing company.

Her first teaching experience was in a SPED school where she handled students with learning disabilities. In 2006, she started teaching in a preschool environment as a lead teacher. She had been invited as a resource speaker for children’s creative arts as part of a local government activity.

With her growing interest in expanding her teaching skills, she decided to try her luck in online teaching. She taught English online mostly to Japanese students with various ages.

May has an experience in handling TOEIC, IELTS, and Business English classes. May likes blogging, watching movies, and chatting with her friends.

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It’s really up to you on how you would come up with an impressive profile. Some would highlight more on their experience or skills and some would give more emphasis on their educational background, especially if they still lack or do not have the experience yet. The important thing when you want to impress is to captivate the employers or clients’ attention–the first few lines of your profile should be something that makes you stand out, but do not exaggerate. Remember, just like any other jobs, online recruitment also requires a job interview. Usually, the interview is set via phone call or via Skype voice or video call. So, your employers would know if you exaggerated your teaching profile because they are going to ask you tons of questions and others would even ask you to take an exam.

Home-based job is quite fun, but it also demands a lot of hard work and patience. The good thing about this line of work is that you have all the time at home–no hassle of getting late due to traffic, no pollution, and no need to dress-up for work.  However, it also has its negative side. When you work at home, you often get distracted especially when you have kids around, you tend to do some house chores instead of focusing on your task, and no social life–the closest interaction you get with others is through social networking sites.