Month: April 2019

How To Create a Work at Home Resume (What Matters, What Doesn’t)

In any job search, you need to have a resume updated and ready to submit during the application process. Job searching for work from home can make writing the resume a little tricky. You have to have one, so let’s see what we can do to make it the best WAH resume it can be.

First, your WAH resume has to be concise. Most recruiters and Human Resource people do not have time to read every point on every resume that comes across their desks. If yours is more than one page, it may not be read at all.

The next thing to consider is how to draw attention to your attributes. You have to highlight them in a way that catches the eye with words that encourage the reader to keep reading. Vocabulary choice should be professional but within your comfort zone. You do not want to give an impression with your resume that you cannot carry through the interview.

If you turn to a professional resume writing service, make sure you give them your own copy of the resume, so they have something to work with. A very good resume writer can duplicate your voice, so you do not come across one way on paper, and another in person.

Most of us do this ourselves, however, there are free options available that can help. I did a quick Google search for Free Resume Builder

and got over 47 million results. Thankfully, we do not have to wade through all of that.

If you have Office, you don’t need to search Google for a resume maker at all. There are templates built into Word that can help you create a professional looking resume.

All you have to do is put your info in and save it.

Let’s take a look at a resume I put together without a template.

There’s a third page..

As you can see, I have broken the short and sweet rule. In some cases, you can get away with this, if the excess data is relevant enough and presented in a way that draws the reader’s interest. It is not a wise course to take, however, because the odds are not in your favor. Two-page resumes do not often make it to the top of the pile, no matter how well written they are. So, let’s pick a template and get this resume cut down and cleaned up.


This is from my copy of Office365. Earlier versions should have a template selection page where you can sort through and find exactly what you’re looking for with very little trouble.

I like simple and clean documents, and so do most HR people. Unless you’re going for something in graphic design, the big bold one up there is not the best choice. There’s one with green text, but black on white is an easier read.

Colored text is an eye-catcher, but most recruiters see it as a gimmick and will not give another thought to putting it aside in favor of a simple black text resume. A good rule to follow is to keep it simple unless the job post specifically asks you to be more creative. In which case, give them what they want.

You can also see that most of our resume templates have a matching cover letter template. We’ll work on the resume for right now and talk about the cover letter later.

For simplicity, we will use the Chronological template, since this is the organization of our resume.

Once we have it open, we can start filling in our information. 

Some people will see all of those sections and start sweating because they don’t have data to fill them all. The truth is, you do not have to fill or use every section. If you have no Affiliations or Credentials, delete that section. Most job posters are not looking for too much more than job experience and education.

If they are looking for something specific, the job post will ask for it. If you need a degree or a certain level of experience with software, they will say so. This saves them time and spares you from applying to jobs you are not quite qualified for.

Now, the real meat of the resume is going to be in the first and last section of the resume. These are the parts most people in hiring positions actually read.

At Wealthy Affiliate, we have a tool that I mentioned in my review called Jaaxy that helps us find current keywords to insert into our content. This can also be used in a WAH job search. Type in what you’re looking for and see if your resume content can be optimized as well. You can try it out at the end of this post.

Whatever you have in these sections is one of the main points that decides whether the recruiter will take the time to continue looking at your resume.

Let’s take a closer look at those sections on mine.

Seeking a remote position wherein 
I can utilize my experience and expertise .

Customer service skills are foremost. 
Computer skills current. 
Extensive telephone and face-to-face 
customer care experience.
 Writing, blogging, data expert, 
social media, SEO.

Motivated, time management. Minimal supervision required, 
flexible & dependable. Type 50-65 wpm, 10-key sight & feel. 
Windows proficient. Certified in Excel, Word, Access, 
and PowerPoint. 20+ years Internet, 
25+ years Customer Service, 14+ years Tech Support. 
WordPress, Social Media & SEO experience.

This is where you have to seriously sell your work from home, remote, telecommute self. Depending on the job, you have to let them know you can use a computer, pick out the major software you are comfortable with and highlight any other skills that would be useful.

This resume is designed to lean towards non-phone, writing, training or management positions. In many of those cases, you still have to handle customers in some capacity.

Another thing WAH job posters are looking for are people who can work independently and have the discipline to show up to work, especially when there’s no one who is going to be looking for them to walk in the door.

Motivated, time management. 
Minimal supervision required, 
flexible & dependable

These are golden words to a recruiter. Once you tell them they can count on you, tell them exactly what you can do, and how long you’ve been doing it. A time frame will give them an idea just how good you can be expected to be at these tasks.

Some applications will ask you to rate your level of expertise from Novice or Beginner to Intermediate to Expert. This is completely subjective, of course, so telling them how many years of Customer Service or Technical Support or whatever skill you have clarifies for them whether they need to tighten up your skill set or if they can turn you loose on Day 1 and know that you know what you’re doing over there in your cozy home office.

As far as Experience is concerned, most companies will look for the last 5-10 years of work history. My resume goes all the way back to 2010.

I had other non-WAH jobs in and before 2010, but they are not included here because I want to highlight my WAH experience; my customer service, management and training experience; and my writing, SEO, proofreading, and editing experience.

If the job posting asks for a specific time frame for job history, give them what you have. It’s not a bad idea to keep a few different versions of a resume, but only if you are looking for work in different fields.

The same thing goes for a cover letter. I currently have my main one and a secondary one that I use for writing jobs I apply to. I have embedded links in one of these that lead to my portfolio pages, and another where the links are written out. This helps if you’re doing an upload or a copy/paste. In an upload, embedded links usually transfer intact, but not so much when pasting.

This is our resume using the template.

I actually have room to include more work experience. The excess information about each job is left out. There are recruiters that want that data, but they can get that in the interview. This is a case of less is more or giving just enough to make them want to ask questions. This can backfire, or it can play in your favor. There is really no way to be sure, which is why having multiple copies is a good idea.


Keep the cover letter as clean as the resume, match the font and size as well. Save a copy with embedded links and one with text links ( written out.

Then, get to posting. Here’s the Jaaxy link to try out some of those keywords, as promised.

Any questions, concerns, or comments? Drop me a note and we’ll talk about it.






Scam Alert! When The Job is TOO Good (And The Money Too Easy)

I mentioned scammers in a previous post, and I want to expand upon a specific one I just dealt with this week.

Sadly, for every honest to goodness job online, there’s at least 5 that are not legit, and only looking to nab your info or trick you into sending them money, or both.

Our desire to work from or at home and break free of #WageLife is simply too much temptation apparently. Of course, every post, email or banner online asking you for money is not always a scam. Sometimes it is a legit biz-op, and sometimes, it is the op of a lifetime, like Wealthy Affiliate.

Let’s take a look at the scam.

First off, I have been posting my resume all over, searching for a #WageLife job. I have a few gigs, but I want something solid, hourly and dependable for my recurring expenses (bills, food, vapor supplies, kid treats, #MomLife essentials).

So, I got an email from someone saying they would call me the next day to interview me for a job they already offered me. I was delighted, and confused, because I did not recognize the email address, and I had no clue what company or position I was being interviewed for. So, I replied.

As soon as I responded, I got another email in a completely different thread.

I want to show you how to tell if an email actually came from a legit source. In Gmail, you can click next to the sender’s name and see details about the sent-from address, reply-to, and a few security details.

Most legit companies have at least minimal encryption for outgoing mail. They also have a blurb at the end advising the receiver that the info contained is confidential, etc. When I click on Skyler’s email, I got this:

Not only was the sent-from address no match for a legit company, nor was the reply-to. And nothing here indicates this email came from the company in Skyler’s signature, Coreval, Inc. Cox is a cable company, in fact. This email address was created using that company’s server and DNS information.

The reply-to is a Gmail, which is doubly suspicious. Anyone approaching you through email about a legit job from a real company -unless they are a WAH like us and it’s a collaboration proposal or such- will have encryption, it will come from a legit, company-based email and the reply-to will usually match the sent-from.

I was pretty sure by now this was not legit, but I wanted to see if he could back it up, so I went into the second email he sent me.

If you look at the first red arrow, you will see Skyler’s sent-from address has changed. They do this to make themselves harder to block, track and report. The second arrow is showing the reply-to remains the same. He can’t string me along if he doesn’t get the responses, right?

That’s when he “reminds” me that we have discussed the job before. Which of course, we did not.

Unfortunately, most people would rather go along than admit they do not know or recall meeting or speaking with someone, especially if that someone is offering something you need or want, in this case, a job.

I have no such compunction. If you want me to work for you, prepare to be interviewed right back.

This is his attempt to hook me.

As you can see, his signature is more detailed now, as well as an added link to reply to an “official” Coreval SRL email. If you check the sent-from info, you see he has made great attempts to appear legit.

Skyler has tightened up his email addresses and even managed to include some encryption. I can only presume this may be a doubt-soothing technique. By now, I have already Googled Coreval, Inc. International and SRL. None of them mention any job openings in the USA. In fact, some of them aren’t even in English.

A short Google search can save you time and money, really. Skyler’s next email contained a link to the job description and an application.

All the yellow rectangles are info about the job, including the business type -Real Estate- and the pay. Skyler is offering me $4,000 -$5,000 a month to do a job I never applied for.

By the way, nothing in my resume says I have any experience, information or expertise in real estate or construction. Nothing. In the red circle, Skyler claims to have reviewed my resume, but looking at the red arrows, you see I have to fill out a form to accept the job.

Here is page 1 of the linked form:

If you look at the circled text, it gives an address in Italy for the company.

When in fact, this company is not based in Europe. They are in the Dominican Republic.








And they have nothing to do with real estate or construction. They are payment processors. Their pages are in Spanish, so you may need to translate it. However, the point is clear.


After a final attempt to get me to fill out the application so I could start “within the next day”, I let Skyler know he was barking up the wrong tree.

As you can see, I maintained my professional approach. I even let him know what actual jobs I am looking for and apologized if I was wrong about him.

I had no further contact after this email. Right before I sent him this, I got on Coreval’s site and sent them a head’s up about this scam. It is in every company’s best interest to keep their name clean. Skyler is using a legit company’s name to commit fraud on an international level -if he actually is in Italy. They deserve to know this, and I hope they track him down and stop him from victimizing anyone else.


I decided to post this as a warning to my fellow #WAHLife seekers. Skyler was trying to convince me I was going to make 4k a month for less than 20 hours of work a week.

Now, say it with me:

If it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

The sad part is that Skyler is borderline-good at what he does. It concerns me a great deal and I hope he has not been able to hook too many people. I find these types of scams in my inbox on the regular, because I am always looking for something to boost my income.

Please take the time to make those extra clicks to find out of the people offering you a dream job are legit. There are far too many of us who have become statistics out there that have been caught up and brought down by these unscrupulous charlatans. Report what you find to the company unless they are not using a legit company name. In which case, you have other options

FTC Scam Alert

…and a slew more.

We cannot stop them if people do not know about them. A scammer’s greatest weapons against his victims are ignorance, hope, desperation, and trust. Take the time to put the word out there. Help other #WAHLife seekers find their way through the sleaze to the legit WAH jobs and biz-ops that do exist. We deserve it, and so do you.

Until next time,

Gig on



Purpose: is an online job board that has been in operation since 2004. Co-founders Paul Forster and Rony Kahan operate Indeed’s home offices in Austin, TX and Stamford, CT. The site is available in over 60 countries in 28 languages. Indeed has become the biggest, most frequented job search site online, surpassing in 2010 (



First Impressions

The first time I saw was several years ago. I was looking for a job, of course. Back then all the major jobs were transitioning from paper applications to online. It was smaller than and, so I thought I would have a better chance of being seen there. I was listed on all three, incidentally, but I kept getting job offers I did not want from CareerBuilder and Monster.

These days Indeed is a top go-to for job hunters, no matter what job you’re looking for. In our case, we want to find work from home, freelance, or independent contractor gigs, and the gigs are there.


Like the sites that came before, Indeed allows the user to upload or create a resume, which is then stored on the site. The resume can then be used to apply for jobs on the Indeed platform or at the hiring company’s site. This is dependent on how the job poster wants to receive applications.

You have the option to save jobs and Indeed keeps track of applications you have submitted. You can create job searches based on keywords you enter, that Indeed then emails to you for your consideration, or you can do searches on the fly from the site.

You will also get suggestions based on your resume, search and application history. This can help narrow down your search and focus on the gigs you really want, that suit your skill set and desired income.


Even though I specify “work from home” when I do a search or set up an alert, I often get emails from Indeed that include non-WAH jobs or positions in locations too far removed to even consider. I am in Texas. I had an email this week for a job in Illinois. That’s too far north to consider.

Also, the searches do not always return results that are viable for my specific needs. For example, the keyword search data entry work from home returns the results below.

As you can see, the top two jobs are the same job. Even the blurb is the same text, word for word. This may mean they have more than one position, or it could be a redundant listing. The next two are more promising. Working Solutions is a well-established out-sourcer that hires remote agents. However, I am not looking for a job on the phone. My office environment is not conducive to that kind of work, so I want something I can do with minimum voice communication.

The last post pictured looks the most promising. Opening up the post we see the full job descriptions at the top:

The post goes on to detail requirements and benefits. However, this is also a phone job. It requires certain internet parameters that I do not have at this time. So even though it pays decently and matches my resume, I will not be applying for this job.

Indeed’s search-bot looks for the keywords in the job posting. It does not specifically return only data entry jobs, but all jobs that have that keyword. If I search for work from home -Texas I get jobs in Ohio, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Minnesota as well as Texas. These other jobs may or may not be hiring people in Texas, but when you are pressed for time, having to open and look at each one to find out can be tedious and discouraging.



Posting your resume and searching, saving and applying for jobs on Indeed is free. I have yet to see anything on there requesting money. Once in a while, you may get an offer to have your resume optimized for a fee but declining this has no effect on your account whatsoever.

Take it or Leave it

Take it. Be prepared to put more time and attention on your searches as well as weeding through the results. It is a good resource for both traditional and WAH job seekers. It just takes patience and determination to find those golden nuggets that fit your needs.


I have had my resume on Indeed for several years and I did manage to pick up a few gigs here. It is not my first stop on a job search, but it is on my list to check up on frequently.




Closing the Earning Gap, 3 Work At Home Job Sites (You Need to See)

The Earning Gap

It is all well and good for me and all these other people at Wealthy Affiliate to say, “It can be done!”

The program at WA doesn’t offer or promise a quick turn-around on earnings. In fact, many people go a few months before they make a dime in profit. That gap has to be filled with some form of income, or most of us will be posting our content and building pages from the library wi-fi.

The question then becomes, HOW? As a freelancer, independent contractor or home-based worker, how do you get yourself out there and land those gigs?

The online job market has exploded in the last decade, and while there are enough scams to shake a stick at, if you look closely, actual real paying jobs are there for the taking. Let’s look at a few places where you can find them.


Yes, I know. Don’t click away, yet. Hear me out.

Legit WAH on FB

One of the first places I ever saw that offered actual jobs with steady, living wage pay is Legitimate Work at Home Sources and Links.

This is a closed group on Facebook, and they keep a database full of home-based jobs and gigs. Joining is by invitation, but you can submit a request to join from the page if you wish.

Biz-ops and affiliate programs are not allowed here. All you will find are jobs that pay, people looking for those jobs, and people helping others find those jobs. Some do not pay well (penny work, I call them), and others are very specific about what they will pay for. Either way, work can be found here. I found 3 WAH jobs here and a slew of side gigs. It’s worth a click and see.

Rat Race Rebellion

Another excellent resource for finding work from home is Rat Race Rebellion. I found two gigs I wanted to apply to while I was looking over the site for this post. Yes, it is that good. I have personally landed several gigs from here, and they offer a daily email to keep you in the know about what’s available.

In addition to offering jobs, RRR reports on scams and gives a heads-up about possible shysters out there looking to take advantage of your desire to work at home.


RRR recently launched a course called How To Find a Work From Home Job or Gig in 30 Days or Less. I haven’t taken it, but they offer a 30-day money back guarantee, and it is given by one of the site founders, Chris Durst. As the work from home world continues to grow, any edge you can gain to make yourself more marketable is a good investment. The course is reasonably priced at $49.00, which is the same as the monthly Premium at Wealthy Affiliate.


Work From Home, Indeed

You may not know this, but also posts work from home jobs regularly. You do have to search under the specific keyword, and they will send you daily emails. Sometimes, the gigs are not as tailored as I would like, but it is worth going through the listings to see if there is anything in there that may suit you.

You can narrow the search to your local area, but as a freelancer or independent contractor, location is rarely important. Most jobs on any board specifically list hiring regions, states, or cities, so you don’t waste time applying for a job in California when they are only hiring workers in the Midwest.

An upside to Indeed is that they help you create and post a resume that you can then use to apply to jobs on the site. It saves a lot of time and makes the process of filling out applications a bit less tedious.

You can save jobs to a list and research salaries and reviews on hundreds of companies. The reviews usually come from current or past employees and can be an excellent resource to help gauge whether the company will be a good fit for you.

Lastly, based on jobs you look at, apply to or save, Indeed will serve up jobs that might be a good fit for you. It helps save time going through the non-WAH jobs to find the WAH jobs, and it can help you focus your search in the areas that are most likely to land that gig.

#WAHLife vs #WageLife

So, some may be wondering, “I thought you were about that #WAHLife, not #WageLife.”

Moving on down the road

True, so true. Realistically, we cannot sit back and put all of our bills on hold while we build our business at Wealthy Affiliate – as awesome as that would be. I have talked to people who have the will to allow their quality of life to suffer while they work on their dreams, and I take my hat off to them.

I am not about that life.

I want my bills paid. I like to eat. Hot water is very nice. I will die without central heat and air. The Internet is my lifeline, I love my car, and I like having Sling, Netflix and Amazon Prime at my fingertips. So, until my affiliate business at WA takes off, or my book sells, or I get that dream freelance writing job, I have to live #WageLife.

It’s a reality we all face, and one we have to accept as we embark on this journey to true financial freedom and security. It can be a long road, and it can be difficult to walk.

Don’t worry. I won’t leave you out here alone.

Until next time,



Review: Wealthy Affiliate From The Inside (A Newbie’s POV) *UPDATED*



Wealthy Affiliate (WA) is the brainchild of Kyle Loudon and Carson Lim. They started the site in 2005 with the goal of helping others on the road to success in online business.



First Impressions

When coming to Wealthy Affiliate, one is immediately greeted by an intuitive, clean layout. It’s not hard to figure out what is where, and there is an entire community to help if you get lost. I actually joined WA years ago when I was on the hunt for some kind of learning platform. I was determined to make a living online, and this was one of the places I looked at and joined (hey, it was free). Unfortunately, I did not follow through at that time. I had to restart so I could take full advantage of the site’s potential. It has been only three days, and so far, I am kicking myself for not staying with this before.


The first 7 days are free. You get limited access to the site’s basic features, but full access to the first module in WA’s Online Entrepreneur Certification program (OEC) and the first module of their Affiliate Bootcamp, which deep dives into setting up your website for success.

Wealthy Affiliate never presents itself as a get-rich-quick or a fast money gimmick. There is no gimmick. It is step by step instruction given in bite-size chunks that you work through at your own pace. If you hit a snag, you can message anyone of the thousands of people on the site, live or submit a question to their knowledge base. You also have access to Kyle, who creates the training modules for the site and interacts with members daily.

Kyle walks you through setting up your profile, finding a niche for your business and building a website that WA hosts for you, even if you never upgrade. In fact, they have a site builder that lays down the basic framework of a WordPress site within a minute. No joke. In less than 60 seconds, you have a site ready to be filled with content. Content, incidentally, that Kyle teaches you how to create, post and polish.


Wealthy Affiliate Site Builder

Other benefits of the site include:

  • Content creation templates
  • Discounts on domain purchases
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization) software included with your sites
  • A lite version of Jaaxy, a keyword search engine that helps optimize your content and site.
  • An affiliate program that pays monthly whether you remain a Starter member or upgrade to Premium.
  • A yearly, all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas for the Wealthy Affiliate Super Affiliate Conference (restrictions apply)
  • 30 days of hosting should you decide WA is not for you. This allows you time to relocate your site(s) you built using their platform.
  • A blog interface included with both Starter and Premium accounts.
  • Badges for every milestone and accomplishment.
  • Classrooms that cater to just about every aspect of running a business online


Wealthy Affiliate Site Content


I found the restrictions placed on Starter accounts irritating. As a Starter member, you cannot include links or pictures in any message. You cannot send or receive private messages, and the most exciting aspects of the site builder and the SEO program are reserved for Premium members. The “Upgrade to Unlock This Feature!” spam became the bane of my life very early on the very first day.

The population of the site is well in excess of 1 million members. As a result, you can feel lost in the shuffle. I posted a question that could not be answered in the Knowledge Base and received answers that made me feel the responders did not actually read my question. I even had one member almost harass me when I did not click “Like” on his response. I would very much appreciate a way to block people I would rather not hear from again, and there does not seem to be a way to do that.

A lot of people are there to plug their gig, period. They want to get their content in front of as many people as possible and they appear to have tunnel vision when it comes to anything that does not forward their progress. The member I mentioned above stated he was just a few points short of being ranked in the Top 200, and that Likes on his posts would grant him more points. This, to me, felt so mercenary and short-sighted that I simply stopped responding to him.



But wait…

Due to my limited experience with the site, I asked the gentleman that reintroduced me to WA if I could interview him to get the perspective of a tenured member. Chris M. posts videos on YouTube as BenjisDad with advice, tips, and tricks for aspiring online marketeers. He also offers insight into work from home jobs, programs, and gigs that are useful for filling the gap between starting and succeeding at online marketing. He plugs WA at the beginning and end of every video, so I wanted to pose a few questions to him to help me better understand his reasoning for sticking with Wealthy Affiliate and promoting it so diligently.

Unfortunately, he was not available, so I will just link to the video he did that made me go check out Wealthy Affiliate for myself.

You can watch it here.



The Starter membership is absolutely free. You are repeatedly encouraged to upgrade, but you get access to the basic site features and selected Premium features (Live Chat, Questions) for the first 7 days at no cost to you. They don’t ask for any payment information at all when setting up the account and profile.

The Premium membership is $49.00 a month*, and I believe it is on auto draft.

*Non-refundable, cancel anytime

What you get for the money

All the Pros listed above and so much more is included in the Premium membership. Even without upgrading. Wealthy Affiliate helps you create and build up to 2 websites that include SEO software and give you a choice of 12 templates. Hosting at WordPress is included, and you keep all the contacts you Follow during your first 7 days.

With the Premium membership you also get:

  • Up to 50 hosted websites
  • Access to over 3000 website designs and templates
  • Over 50 thousand Website Features (Add-ons)
  • Security, Speed optimization and ongoing monitoring for your site(s)
  • Extended and Advanced training that continually improves your site & your business
  • 2X payouts for referrals
  • SiteDomain, that includes all the required features to seamlessly run and own a domain (WHOIS protections, Email accounts, etc.)
  • Much, much more…


After 3 months, I now own 6 websites & 3 domains. My content has been ranked on all the major search engines. And best of all, I got my first commission in June.

It was small, but it was enough to boost me into starting that second website.

I have completed the OEC training and I am now working through the Affiliate Bootcamp training. I have affiliate links from multiple vendors that are getting clicks and with time, will be getting sales.

I have 3 referrals in WA, and more tentatively considering joining.

What does all of this mean? Wealthy Affiliate works if you are willing to do the work.

Take it or Leave it

Take it. DO take it. I’m taking it. I am extremely frugal (cheap, yeah, that’s the word), so I am squeezing every bit of my free week out of this. I have already decided -3 days in- that I am going to upgrade to the Premium membership, and I will do whatever I can to keep it active.


Wealthy Affiliate is the first and only site I have found in over 20 years of searching that offers the actual training required to be a successful online business person for a reasonable price. With everything they give you in the Premium membership, they could easily ask three times as much, and people would pay it. I honestly do not know why I did not follow through with this before, but I am grateful to Chris for leading me back here.

Did I mention Bonuses?

I did.

If you do decide to go Premium within the first 7 days, send me a Private Message or drop a note on my profile page, I will be delighted to give you these BONUSES:

  • Unlimited access to ME as your Mentor.
  • A 59% discount on your first month. You pay ONLY $19.00 to gain access to ALL the Premium features available here at Wealthy Affiliate.*
  • Feedback on your content and your website. We’ll cover everything from syntax to social media!
  • Access to the Diamond Traffic Program to boost your site.
*Bills at $49 beginning 2nd month. Non-refundable, cancel anytime.

But only if you upgrade to Premium within the first 7 days (this is my I-Want-It bonus).


If you have any questions or comments, I am always happy to hear them. Thanks for stopping by.


Gig on

Gwendolyn J