Amazon is hiring 1,750 part-time work-from-home employees. Plus, more surprising WFH jobs that don’t require previous experience.
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Amazon is hiring 1,750 part-time remote customer service associates by Oct. 14 to meet customer demand for Black Friday and the December holidays later this year.
The seasonal employees will work from home in helping customers over the phone with issues like late packages, damaged items, promotions, refunds and returns, as well as assisting Amazon shoppers over email and live chat. And they’ll be paid $10 an hour for the first four weeks of training (when they’ll work a minimum of 28 hours per week, adding up to $1,120 pretax for the first month) before wages rise to $12 an hour after completing the training. Seasonal workers work 20 to 29 hours a week on average, the job listing continues, and often includes one or both weekend days. But it’s a chance to get your foot in the door at the largest online retailer in the world, as these part-time workers may remain on the payroll for up to nine months, and there can be opportunities for long-term employment based on job performance and business needs.
The only catch is that workers must live in Nebraska, South Carolina, Idaho, New Mexico, Tennessee, Louisiana, West Virginia, Alabama, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Arkansas, or Mississippi. And you’ll need a high school diploma or equivalent, plus one or more years working with customers.
But even if Amazon’s new gig isn’t a perfect fit, there’s more and more opportunities to find a remote position that works for you. After all, the number of people who work from home is on the rise: 43% of employees say they worked remotely at least some of the time in 2016, up four percentage points from 2012, according to Gallup. Nearly one in three (31%) of WFH employees do it 80% to 100% of the time.
And the types of remote gigs hiring now have expanded beyond data entry, sales, customer service and tech thanks to the technological advances that make it easier to telecommute than ever. Job search site FlexJobs.com’s most recent list of 15 Surprising Remote Jobs Hiring Now features some pretty eclectic work, including:
1. Beer Editor: Responsibilities at this part-time gig involve managing the intake of hundreds of beers, acquiring new releases and writing/preparing content for the employer’s magazine and website. Ability to write error-free, AP-style copy is a must. Knowledge of beer industry trends and news is a plus.
2. Certified Veterinary Technician: An animal poison control service is looking for someone to WFH full-time, and involves helping pet owners and veterinary professionals diagnose and treat animals that may have been poisoned. Must be certified as a veterinary tech and have at least two years of experience in a clinic or veterinary hospital.
3. Construction Safety Oversight: A bachelor’s degree in construction management, safety, or occupational health and safety, or a related field is required to qualify for this full-time, remote job. The gig also requires travel up to 60% of the time, and a strong knowledge of federal and industry safety standards.
4. Creative Writer: A sense of humor is so necessary for this part-time freelancer who will help clients write their dating profiles and online messages. Should show ability to engage the reader with witty and compelling content.
5. Crypto Currency Editor and Trader: If you actually understand Bitcoin, Ethereum, or other cryptocurrencies, this part-time, writing-focused position involves managing a model investment portfolio, writing a weekly newsletter and creating researched special reports.
6. Dictionary Author: Major Spanish learning websites are looking for part-time bilingual writers fluent in both English and Spanish to contribute to dictionary entries. You’ll need solid research skills and the ability to work as part of a remote team.
7. Food Safety Auditor: Looking for certified auditors with strong computer, scientific and organizational skills, as well as a strong knowledge and understanding of federal and state laws related to food safety.
8. Lead Avatar Artist: At least three years of experience working with humanoid avatar 3D modeling, animating and rigging is required. The position entails helping to design and develop new social virtual reality avatars, as well as help create accompanying environments and interactions.
9. Live Content Creator: This is a home run for baseball fans, who can WFH or from Major League Baseball parks in this part-time, seasonal job. You’ll be tasked with writing social media content on game days and during off-day team events. At least a year of photography or videography experience preferred.
10. Ophthalmologist: Not all eye doctors have to depend on actual face time. This employer is seeking experienced ophthalmologists for a new telemedicine service, who will review patient data, provide prescriptions and diagnoses and make medical recommendations remotely.
11. Race Director: Oversee a team staging a high-profile, high-performance sports competition. The company prefers applicants with a military background, and previous experience producing events or similar races is a plus.
12. Restaurant Relations Manager: This full-time gig blends working remotely with working in the field for an online platform that connects customers with dining experiences. Perks include access to major local chefs and restaurants.
13. Television Opinion Writer: Turn your reality show and binge-watching habit into cash by covering news, plot developments and trends plucked from popular TV shows like “Big Brother,” “Designated Survivor” and “The Voice.” Must write short articles on a tight deadline and pitch story ideas.
14. Threat Intelligence Analyst: If you have a degree in cyber security, computer science, intelligence studies, criminal justice, journalism or a related field, get paid to analyze cyber threats for clients from home. Experience working as an intelligence analyst in a large enterprise environment a plus.
15. Voice Data Collection: Ukrainian speakers are needed to read and record short prompts in an online application. You’ll work from home on your own schedule recording these clips using your own phone.
Of course, many of these positions are high-level or unique jobs that would be hard for just anyone to land — especially someone with little experience. But there are also a number of in-demand jobs that let you work from home, and that require little to no experience, according to data that FlexJobs.com sent Moneyish. Here are the five most common:
Translator: $45,488 a year
If you’re fluent in two languages, you can often find good-paying work as a translator, even if you don’t have a college degree, says Brie Reynolds, the senior career specialist at FlexJobs. “The career fields we see hiring regularly for translators include medical and health, insurance, travel and hospitality, finance, law and government, and business,” says Reynolds.
Sales: $41,508/year before commission and bonuses
You typically need a degree for these jobs, but many companies will hire someone who interviews well and can demonstrate great people skills, even if they have little to no direct sales experience, says Reynolds. Nearly every industry needs sales people, so look for an industry where you have interest and/or experience to break in.
Tutor: $34,442 a year
While this job typically requires either a degree in progress or a degree awarded, it may not require a ton of professional experience — merely that you’re very good at a certain subject or excellent at, say, taking standardized tests. A number of tutoring companies and educational institutions advertise jobs for tutors.
Customer service: $36,254 per year
You’ll need patience and a friendly demeanor, but you can make a little over $13 an hour in these jobs — which could include fielding customer calls, emails and other inquiries across a wide variety of industries. Not only do you likely need little to no previous experience, you also typically don’t need a college degree, says Reynolds.
Content writer: $41,508
This does require a degree — ideally in something like composition or English — but many companies will hire recent grads with no professional writing experience to do everything from creating blog posts to writing marketing descriptions. Companies across a wide range of fields like media, marketing, retail, e-commerce, nonprofits, business, and technology hire content writers.
Of course, it can be easier said than done to land a job with no experience. To help get that gig, Call to Career founder Cheryl Palmer says you should emphasize any related coursework you might have taken on your resume and in the interview. “Particularly for those who have been to college, it is a good idea to list the courses that you have taken that are relevant to the type of work that you are applying for,” she explains. You should also highlight any volunteer work and/or internships that could relate to the job, she adds: “Experience is experience, whether it was paid or unpaid.”
Beyond that, “look at your resume from the point of view of your ideal reader [the hiring manager]: what skills and experience do you have that resonate with their goals? Talk that up! Research the company! Your goal is to create a document that . . . makes the reader understand why you’re interested in this job, and how your interest and passion benefits their company, and their goals,” says NYC-based career strategist Carlota Zimmerman.
This article was originally published on Feb. 6, 2018 and has been updated with Amazon’s remote jobs.
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