Finding a legitimate work at home job is harder than finding a traditional job. First of all, despite all the online advertising you see, there aren't that many of them. Those that are available may require that you live in a certain area or spend at least some time in the office. Others may be part-time or freelance, so, you will need to be continually seeking potential positions.
Keep in mind that the skills needed for home employment are similar to those needed for working in an office. You need both the experience and the skills necessary to do the job. You'll also need a home office with high speed internet, phone, fax, computer, printer, software, and other basic office equipment.
Work From Home Job Searching
To get started, consider, for now, your job search as your job. Dedicate as many hours per week to your search for employment as you would spend working. If you're looking for full-time work, you should be spending full-time hours seeking employment.
Networking remains the top way to find a job and it does work. Develop contacts - friends, family, college alumni, even the other job seekers - anyone who might help generate information and job leads. You can take a direct approach and ask for job leads or try a less formal approach and ask for information and advice. Contact everyone you know and tell them you want to work from home. You may be surprised by the people they know and the leads you can generate.
Work at Home Job Sites
Check the sites that list work at home jobs and look through all the listings and remember to take advantage of the Resume Posting section, if the site has one. That way companies seeking employers will be able to find your resume.
Use the job search engines using terms like "work at home" "telecommute" and "freelance." Next, search the online job banks using keywords like "work at home" "telecommute" and "telecommuting" Searching Monster, for example, using "telecommuting" as a keyword generates almost 200 listings. "Work at home" generates close to a 1000 positions.
This is a time when it make sense not to simply search the web search engines. I've found that searching for "work at home" most often brings up scams or web sites that want to charge you for providing "real" work at home jobs or for "proven successful" home business information. Rather, stick with the sites that focus on employment.
Apply for Work at Home Jobs
Be prepared to apply online. Have a resume and cover letter ready to send. Depending on the type of employment you're looking for you may also need work samples to send to prospective employers. Track where you've applied. Many of the same positions are listed on multiple sites, so you'll want to be sure not to duplicate your efforts.
Work at Home Interviews
If you are applying for a work at home job for a company that has a local office, you may be expected to interview in-person. Here's advice on what to wear for a work at home job interview.
If you are working for a remote company, you may be interviewed via an online interview system, video, Skype, or even via email.
Regardless of the type of interview, be prepared to answer these typical work at home interview questions.