The Fair for IT & Digital Professionals

TJF – Tech Jobs Fair is a job fair with a focus on IT and Digital founded by Ashok Dudhat. The first edition took place in Berlin in 2017. The following cities were Vienna, Zurich and Lisbon, all in 2019. TJF has had more than 10 000 visitors in the past years. The company is based in Berlin, where the team sits and does most of the work. TJF also works with local professionals in the different cities where the job fair takes place.

TJF provides job seekers an opportunity to browse and apply to some of the fastest-growing companies. For companies, they provide comprehensive hiring solutions and candidates from categories like work students, fresh graduates, experienced professionals and strategic hires for key positions as well as brand awareness.

The drive behind their creative process is their focus and strong sense of presence: they work hard to listen to your needs and desires, organizing best event for your goals, counsel you in the best practices and creative hosting along the way, and deliver an exceptional experience for you with a personal attention to detail unlike any other.

Tech Job Wall, launched in November 2019 is a platform created to complement TJF by bridging gaps between employers and employees. Tech Job Wall works on two sides: Talent can easily find jobs and get hired, while companies make sure they onboard the right people. With the motto “One Search, Thousands of Jobs”, the platform searches thousands of websites and brings together over thousands of job openings in one simple search. Tech Jobs Wall reaches talent wherever they are – job websites, social media, mobile – and provides precise targeting to match the hiring companies with the right talent.

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4 Mistakes from an SME Owner of 18 Years

Rodney (Dave) to Del, ‘I remember when we set out on the road to success – That was bloody ages ago!’. You can’t beat Only Fools and Horses for some great lessons in how to run a business. As the owner of an SME you’ll know that you make mistakes every dam day. In the hope that one day you’ll make a few less and succeed a little more. I share 4 mistakes that I’ve made and how you can avoid them.

1 – Beware of Getty Images

Getty are the image people. They create/take millions of images and copyright them. That’s fair. It’s their business. They paid for the images to be taken.

The problem comes when you have people adding images to your website. First, those people need to source images from known free image websites like And secondly beware. If you are not using images from a known source, then this is what happened to me…

One of my guys copied an image from another website. Getty’s servers crawl the web all day long looking for websites that are using their images without permission. Then rooms full of printers print the letters threatening people with large fines. Most people pay or negotiate a deal. Chu-ching! A few grand lost…

The problem is that you don’t know that the website you’re copying from didn’t copy from another website, which was from another, and so on… With the original guy just grabbing a Getty image and chopping off the logo, that you are now using.

2 – Don’t be Afraid of SEO

Five years ago, I didn’t know what it meant. I’d heard of it, and thought this is for geeks, and the ‘kids’. But, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is something every business needs to do to survive in the digital world. You shouldn’t be afraid of it. Like any good SME owner, face into it. Like you did cold calling, cashflow management, looking after clients, managing people…it’s just another skill you need to know. Avoiding it, is like sticking with a Nokia 8210. Yes, it still makes calls, but where would you be without your iPhone in today’s business world?!

Simply having a website is not enough. A. website is like being the supplier of a product to a supermarket. Except your product is not on the shelf in the store, it’s out the back in the warehouse. Shoppers can’t see it.

The web is like a store. A store of products, or in this case websites. You have the big, and easily found websites, like the Coke display in aisle 9. You also have small websites punching way above their weight, like beef jerky – Everyone seems to have heard of it and wants it.

To make your product stand out in a store, you need decent packaging, a great brand, and to be at eye level. There are many other things you can do, like a special offer, 33% extra, and so on. A website is similar. There are many things you can do. They key is to start and start with – What do you want someone to type into the search box, that results in your website being top? And then expand to 7 specialist search terms.
For example, you sell t-shirts. So, you want to be found when someone types into google ‘t-shirts’. Ok, so even without any SEO knowledge, you know that it’s going to be tricky to rank for that, so you start to specialise. You might want to be found for ‘t-shirts in Pinner’, ‘Gaypride t-shirts’, ‘Premium t-shirts’, and so on. You get the idea. This is where you start and then everything your website does is to be page 1 for those 7 search terms. You might need to engage an SEO company to help with the next step. But it’s a start.

3 – Focus on What You are Good at

I started my first business. We did well, and then I saw opportunities everywhere. ‘Well, if I did it once, I can do it again.’. Nope. I tried to keep the original business going and start 2 other businesses. Probably arrogance. Maybe success. A big mistake.

It didn’t take long for the original business to begin to fail because I was the owner. I had birthed it, loved it. Knew it. Other people cared, but not like I did. The two other businesses were a million miles from the original business. I was going through a whole two new learning curves. It was exciting. It was what I was good at, wasn’t it?

The answer was a resounding No. All 3 businesses collapsed within 12 months. I had tried to do too much. I had done 3 things badly, rather than one thing well. I was becoming a Jack of all trades, and master of none. Looking back, it was so obvious. At the time, it wasn’t.

Stick with what you know. Build. Grow, and keep doing it. Rifle, rather than shotgun.

4 – Look After Yourself

Even before mental health was on trend, we all knew that you are important. Yes, you’ll work crazy hours. Yes, you’ll be stressed. Yes, you’ll want to give-up on a daily basis. And through all of that you’ll keep fighting because that is what builds a successful business. You also need to look after you. If you were an employee, you’d want to get the best out of them, and working 100 hours per week, every week, just won’t work long term. There are 3 things you need to do to look after you, so that you and the business can survive, and be successful:

Write down your top 3 stress hotspots. When do they happen? Why do they happen? How can you avoid/reduce them?
Become a student of time management. Go on every training course. Consumer every book. Read every tip. And most importantly, keep changing your behaviours to get more out of you.
Exercise. Yes, exercise. I don’t care. Find the time. You need to swim 3 times a week. Or go for a run two times a week. Find your thing and do it.

That’s it! Good luck to you. You are a member of that exclusive club of SME Owners that is still fighting the good fight. Winning against the big boys. Not giving up. I doth my cap to my fellow brothers and sisters.

The Work From Home Life

Can you really earn a living from anywhere?

Can you really make money online from your home while dressed in your pajamas? Or telecommute from a remote location on a tropical island? What if all you want to do is have a quiet space to work that is free from office noise and that coworker who always has a “quick question”? 

All of these telecommute options are possible for those who take advantage of the work from home life. Even large companies like United Healthcare and IBM recognize the value of remote workers  – they are happier, less stressed, and more productive.

The Benefits of Telecommuting Go Beyond What You Wear to Work

One of the biggest benefits of telecommuting jobs is that you are in control  – where you work, when you work, and how much you work is up to you. How would your life be different if you had this flexible freedom?

Today, nearly 4 million Americans have Work From Home Jobs. Some are full-time while others work part time jobs from home. They are employees, contractors, and freelancers. Besides being in control of your work life, people with home based jobs also reap other benefits that you may not have considered.

  • Ability to stay focused – Working from home allows you control over your interruptions. If you need to focus and don’t want to be disturbed, simply close out your email, slack, or messaging, and turn the volume down on your phone until you’ve completed your tasks.
  • Make your own schedule – For many who perform home based jobs such as web development, coding, data entry, and accounting, there are numerous flexible jobs available that allow you to set your own hours. You can wake early to work or begin later in the day. You’re in control of your schedule.
  • Create your own office – When you are one of the millions with home based jobs, you can design your office however you like. It could be your study, a corner of your bedroom, or even your kitchen table. You can choose the chair, the colors, and the music that’s playing in the background.  And yes, you can even wear your pajamas. WorkAtHomeCareers has a great site where you can view Work at Home Jobs at no additional cost to you. These include legitimate home based jobs, articles, scam protection and free emailed job alerts.

So, what’s stopping you from snagging one of these flexible jobs? If you are convinced that there are legitimate work from home jobs, but still unsure how to make money online, then read on. There are thousands of legitimate online jobs – you just need to know where to look.

How to Find Online Jobs from Home

With so many different options for finding online jobs, the question is, which jobs from home are legitimate opportunities and which ones are not? Sifting through all of the information on the internet can feel daunting and overwhelming.  

You could find job opportunities by word of mouth, online job boards, freelancer websites, social media sites like Twitter and LinkedIn, or even directly from company websites. However, it is important to do your due diligence when using any of these sources – and this takes time.

To save some time and frustration, you could also outsource your job search to a company that has already screened businesses in need of remote workers right now. By investing a few dollars into your job search, you can find work faster and earn money online much sooner.

Think about it. Instead of spending countless hours searching for jobs, screening companies, and negotiating pay, you could simply enter your skills and apply with confidence for jobs from home that will pay you substantially for your skillset.

Remotegurus Has Thousands of Hand-Screened Remote Jobs Available

Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, RemoteGurus is an online company that aggregates thousands of work from home and telecommute jobs in areas like HR, IT, and Finance. All of the jobs are hand-screened and offered from trusted sources.

Just a few of the large corporations who trust Remotegurus with finding telecommute candidates include IBM, JP Morgan Chase, and GE. Companies such as these, plus others are looking for people just like you to perform work from home. And they are willing to pay you well for the work.

In fact, the average telecommuter who finds jobs through Remotegurus earns over $85,000 USD each year. Remotegurus has more jobs and higher-paying jobs than its competitors because it is selective on the companies it works with.

Because Remoteguru’s goal is to pair high-quality candidates with well-paying jobs, there is a small monthly fee of $14.95 for the service. This ensures that job seekers are serious about their search for an online job. It is part of the selective screening process that is performed on both the employer and candidate side of the platform.

However, for a limited time, you can try Remotegurus for free. This 7-day free trial gives you access to all of the thousands of pre-screened jobs available from companies that you know and trust. You can search for jobs and create a resume so that companies can search for you too. We have recently added part time remote jobs and remote jobs for accountants

Ready to try a risk-free search for online jobs?  Click here to get started.

Written by Jennifer Lester
Jennifer Lester is an experienced copywriter. She enjoys writing about 
work from home job opportunities. In her free time, she enjoys skiing,
drinking coffee, and a good book.

The Secret Formula to Answering “What’s Your Dream Job?” in an Interview

It’s important to be able to articulate your dream job. Not just for personal reasons, but also for when you’re asked about it in interviews.

But, how can you even begin to describe your ideal job, especially to someone who’s clearly going to be judging your response? Just picking a place to start is a head-scratcher.

Here’s a hint: Career counselors like to think about good jobs as the intersection of your skills, interests, and values. That’s a good way for you to approach it as well. Talking about your skills will give you an opportunity to sell them a bit—after all, it is an interview. Your interests will show your investment, and your values can help illustrate your fit with the company.

Break it down into three parts, like this:

1. What Skills Do You Want to Use?

First, let’s talk about what you’re good at doing, or your strengths. It’s likely you’ve already had the chance to talk about this topic a bit during the interview, so it makes for a nice transition.

Highlight the skills that you enjoy using most, not just the ones you’re a superstar at. This is about your dream job, so don’t shy away from mentioning any that you want to grow as well.

Here are a couple of ways you can begin your response:

  • I’ve mentioned my experience with __. My dream job would definitely have to relate to that. I’d also love to grow my skills in __.
  • I’ve thought about this before, and I know I would want to keep honing my skills in __ as well as learn more about __.

2. What Interests You?

Next, it’s time to talk about what interests you.

Think big picture for this. What drew you to your industry? What’s something you did as a kid that’s actually found its way into your work? What is it about your career that keeps you engaged? Weave that in.

Build on your answer like this:

  • I’ve been interested in the __ industry ever since I first discovered __. That, combined with my interest in __ and __, means I’ve been hooked ever since.
  • In terms of job content, I’m interested in work that involves __ and __. I’ve been curious about things like this ever since __, so I would definitely want that to be part of my dream job.

3. What Are Your Values?

Giving a sense of what your career values are will give the interviewer an idea about what motivates you; it’s a good way to bring the focus back to the company you’re interviewing for (assuming, of course, that your values align with the company culture).

It also adds some extra complexity to your answer. You’re not just saying, “I want an interesting job that I’m good at.” I mean, that’s nice, but this is your dream job we’re talking about!

Wrap up your response with something like this:

  • Based on my skills and interests, in my dream job, I would want to __ as related to __, ideally in a company where I could __ and __. These are both really important to me, and I’m excited to see that they seem to be equally important to this company.
  • Basically, my dream job would be to __ for __ in a position that would allow me to __ and __. I value this last point in particular—it’s the reason I’m so excited to be interviewing for this position.

Notice how none of this included an actual job title? It’s not necessary.

Don’t pigeonhole yourself with anything that official. Instead, give the hiring manager a more nuanced response by covering your skills, interests, and values. He or she will get the chance to learn more about you—and you have more flexibility to line up your career goals and the position you’re applying for. That’s a win-win.


Google Makes it Easier to Find Work-From-Home Jobs

Google is making it easier for job searchers in the US to find work-from-home positions.

Users can now search for jobs in Google and filter their location to “work from home” to find remote jobs.

Google Makes it Easier to Find Work-From-Home Jobs

This filter will help users find jobs that are listed as either “remote,” “work from home,” or “telecommute”.

Job hunters can use the filter to find work-from-home jobs across all industries, but only in the US.

Filtering job listings by work-from-home positions is possible thanks to remote job markup and telecommuting job markup.

For employers, that means job listings must utilize that markup in order to be discovered with this feature.

Google is also working with a number of job listing sites to expand the number of remote jobs that can be found in search results.

Currently, Google is working with Working Nomads, We Work Remotely, and ZipRecruiter.

So if you’re not comfortable with Schema markup, listing your remote job openings on either of those sites should help them get found with Google’s new filter.Paragraph


Working from Home: 31 Tips to Be More Productive & Successful

Almost 4 million people work from home at least half of the time, according to FlexJobs research.

A majority of managers report that telecommuting employees are actually more productive when they work from home.

Not only are remote workers more efficient, but 82% of telecommuters report feeling less stress – which led to higher morale and lower absenteeism.

It’s a great option for companies, employees, and the environment.

But working from home presents its own challenges to employees – from physical and mental health to work and professional obstacles.

Here are some tips to help you feel more productive when you telecommute and to keep your body and mind healthy.

Create a Schedule

1. Establish a Routine

Part of what makes working from home so freeing is being able to establish your own schedule. There’s so much agency in feeling like you can do what you want when you want.

Remember back in college when you had two classes a day and spent the rest of the time doing whatever? That’s the kind of freedom working from home can feel like.

But just like back in college, it’s crucial to establish a routine or suddenly you’ll find yourself in a YouTube time-suck at 5 p.m., having accomplished nothing all day long.

Eat meals at the same time every day. Start work and stop at the same time (pending emergencies).

By setting a schedule, you can estimate how long things will take and make room for things like meetings, calls, and breaks.

2. Batch Your Work

While creating a schedule can help with the overarching day-to-day, batching your work can help you get more done in less time.

Studies show that multitasking actually makes us less productive. Batching work is the opposite of multitasking.

You set aside a large chunk of time to accomplish something in its entirety.

The same way you may meal prep for an entire week on a Sunday night – you’re “only doing one task until it’s completed, and everything related to it is also completed.”

For example, spend the first Monday of the month planning all your social media posts across all channels for the rest of the month.

Or creating a content calendar for the quarter – and spending a few days writing every single article that you plan to post in the next 90 days.

3. Get Dressed in the Morning

Sure, it’s easy to just roll out of bed and work in your PJs all day. It may feel more productive to just hop right to it. But there’s something to be said for adding a “get ready” element to your routine every morning.

Not only will putting on real (read: not sweatpants) clothes give you a designated “I’m at work” mindset, but it can help you be more productive. Studies show that what we wear affects how we think and succeed.

“Dress for success” isn’t just a trite idiom after all.

4. Stop Working at a Designated Time

Part of keeping a schedule is both starting and stopping your work at a certain time.

When you work from home, it’s easy to think, “I’ll just finish this last task.” Or, “Just 30 more minutes.”

When you go to an office, it’s easy to have a designated “quitting time” when you have to pick up kids or catch a train.

Stave off burnout by making sure you stick to your chosen stopping time.

If you’re struggling with stopping work, schedule something so you have to quit working – a dinner with your spouse, a happy hour with friends, a playdate with your kids, etc.

If you work 8+ hours multiple days a week, you’re actually less productive.

Your mind and body both need that 5 p.m. break.

5. Designate Days for Meetings, Calls, Tasks, Etc.

One way to work on batching your work (see #2 above) is to schedule specific days for meetings/calls.

Firstly, you will be in the mindset for the type of conversations and work that needs to be done around these tasks. But also, it will leave you with full days free of interruptions to truly dig in and get other work done.

Since I started working from home full time in March, I’ve found that it’s difficult for me to feel like I can start a new task if I know I have a call or meeting coming up soon.

I think to myself, “Just as I get in the groove of this task, I’ll have to stop for the call.”

This ends up coming back to bite me when calls get rescheduled or canceled. I always wish I’d started the task anyway.

By having days with no calls, I can feel free to start things without upcoming “stop” times looming over my head.

6. Try to Track Every Hour – See What Happens

I saw an article a while back where author Michael Grothaus tracked every hour of every day for a year to see where he was really spending his time.

If you work freelance or contract, you may be tracking hours for client work, but tracking everything else you do in a day forces you to truly pay attention to how you spend your time.

Chances are you can find out where you’re losing precious productivity during the workday (social media, web browsing, chatting, etc.) and areas where you can find time to do things you wish you did (get to the gym, spend more time with family, cook homemade meals, etc.).

Try it for a week and see what you discover.

Set Up Your Physical Space

7. Separate ‘Work’ Space from ‘Home’ Space

Part of what makes working from home so convenient is that you can work pretty much anywhere.

I typically rotate from my kitchen table, my living room couch, and my upstairs office. But I am always the most productive in my designated working space.

Almost like walking into a corporate office every day, there’s a mindset shift when I walk into the room with my desk, monitors, and other supplies.

Not only does it do something for my own brain, but it designates to my family that I’m “on the clock” and not to disturb me for casual chatter.

8. Declutter Your Physical Space

Having a tidy workspace not only means you’ll be less distracted by the junk around you, but you’ll save time and money.

Overall, a lack of organization the inherent stress that causes equates to around $2.5 million lost in lack of productivity, according to data by the International Data Corporation.

Not only that, but a dirty desk means viruses can linger on germy keyboards and smartphones, which can lead to more sick days.

Spend 10 minutes once a week or at the end of each day to tidy up and sanitize your workspace.

9. Invest in Comfy and Ergonomic Office Furniture

It’s common knowledge now that sitting for 8+ hours a day is bad for the body, but what can you do when your job involves a computer and requires you to be fairly stationary?

The Mayo Clinic suggests finding a standing desk or improvising with a high table or counter, taking frequent breaks to stand up and walk around, and having walking calls or meetings.

You can also invest in office furniture that encourages good posture and is fitted correctly for your body’s ergonomics.

10. Find the Right Ambiance for Working

Each person works differently, which is why open offices are so controversial.

When you work from home, you have to create that environment yourself. Sometimes that means finding the right playlist, having a clean desk, lighting the perfect candle, etc.

As an introvert and someone highly sensitive to sound, I find working in open office and coffee shops extremely distracting. I love working in absolute silence.

But I’ve heard some telecommuting extroverts try to replicate that “background conversation” ambiance by having the TV running in the background, playing online apps like Coffeetivity, and listening to YouTube videos with people talking.

Find what works for you (which can even vary by time of day!) and let the ambiance get you in the work groove.

Ditch the Distractions

11. Get off Social Media

One study found that we waste on average over 2 hours a day on social media apps. It’s a nice respite from work-thinking every once and a while, but can quickly turn into a huge time suck.

I’m the worst at this. I’ll get on Facebook to see what’s new with family and friends, but end up spending an hour answering people’s questions in marketing groups.

It’s a hard conundrum since social media connects us and working from home can sometimes feel very isolating. There is a good amount of escape and connection online, but it can quickly sweep away your working time.

Set timers for yourself with apps and extensions that help you stay on track and block social media URLs during your productive hours

12. Check Your Email at Designated Times

Checking your email can take up huge chunks of your day, and it’s difficult to feel like you’re being productive when you inbox keeps notifying you that you’ve got another message to tend to.

Part of “hustle culture” is this expectation that we’re always on, always connected, and always available. So, I challenge you to buck that idea.

I recommend checking your email at designated times during the day and turning those “You’ve Got Mail!” notifications off.

Set an auto-responder that says something like, “I’m most productive when I am not distracted. I check my email at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 4 p.m. ET. I’ll get back to you within 48 hours.”

By setting expectations with emailers, they know that just because you don’t respond within 10 minutes, doesn’t mean you don’t see them. And then you’re free to dig into work during the non-email hours.

13. Establish Expectations for Anyone Else at Home

One of the hardest parts of working from home is managing expectations with your family members and housemates.

My husband loves to talk about his day when he gets home, but if I’m not done with work yet, it can be distracting.

Setting expectations and indicators about work time and off time can help ensure that everyone’s happy and not feeling interrupted or ignored. (This is why schedules and having a designated “quitting time” are so important!)

I remember someone telling me he installed one of those touch lights outside his office to indicate to his family that he was on calls or busy when it was on – so they didn’t burst and interrupt in like that viral video from a few years back.

14. Establish Productive Ways to Procrastinate

There’s no doubt that giving your mind a break can help you get more work done. But sometimes the ways we find to procrastinate end up taking us down a rabbit hole of wasted time.

Have you ever looked up a YouTube video on how to do something but end up 30 minutes later watching Ellen interviews of break dancing kids? No? Just me? Cool.

Find ways to give your mind a break that have dedicated cut-offs or “done” signifiers – or that help you reach another goal (either professional or personal).

Sometimes when I need a break I’ll go to my kitchen and spend 30 minutes making snack packs for myself by cutting up fruits and veggies and making little cups of fun dips.

Or I’ll take a walk around my neighborhood which is a perfect half-mile loop.

Or I’ll plan an outline for an article (like this one).

Your mind needs breaks in the middle of tasks, but those break times don’t have to be wasted time.

15. If You Have Kids, Get Help (If You Can)

Working from home as a parent is a unique challenge. It’s difficult to feel productive when you are working double-time caring for your kids, too.

Just as if you were going to an office, it’s critical that parents get some kid-free working time to dig in and not get distracted by the needs of your sweet littles.

It can be hard (and cause some feelings of guilt) because some people expect parents to be able to do both – but taking care of kids is a job unto itself. So it can be a hard balance when you work from home.

If possible, find help where you can to help you manage working from home and taking care of kids.

I’ve heard some families have adjusted their schedules to minimize the costs of childcare (one parent works early hours and the other works later hours).

Other families find ways to work with part-time daycare to make it easier.

If that’s not feasible, talk to your employer about ways to manage both. Hopefully, they will work with you to help you feel comfortable and in both work and family life.

*Caveat: I’m not a parent yet, so I only have an outside perspective on this from reading articles and chatting with my friends who are parents. Please share your work from home parent tips in the comments!

16. Turn off Notifications

Nothing is more distracting than notifications.

They were built to be irresistible and addictive, which is why we have to make the conscious effort to turn them off – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, Slack, etc.

Thousands of apps are trying to pull our attention in their directions.

Turn off these app notifications during your “working hours” and only check them when you’re taking purposeful breaks.

While you’re on this detox, be conscious of your own desire to check them. It’s amazing how trained we are to want to waste time on these platforms.

Improve Work with Technology

17. Find the Right Tools/Tech Stack to Keep You on Track

If you’re a freelancer or entrepreneur, it’s worth investing in the tools to help make your job easier.

Along with the trade-specific tools you may need (Screaming Frog, SEMrush, Ahrefs, etc.), invest in cheap ways to automate tasks you don’t need a person to complete.

For example, I use Calendly connected to Google Calendar to help schedule calls.

When someone completes a form, they get an email with a link to schedule a time to chat on my calendar. Not only does this keep me from wasting time on the back and forth of:

“Does Monday work for you?”

“No, but I can do Wednesday or Thursday.”

“Ok, I’m free Thursday from 2-4pm.”

“Ah, I have an off-site then; let’s try Friday.”

But it also allows me to only schedule calls on certain days to keep my productivity high.

You can automate things like proposals, email responses, project management, invoicing, etc. Find the tools that allow you to do the work you love.

18. Get Some Noise-Canceling Headphones

Sometimes you need to work without any audio distractions.

I love my noise-canceling headphones for working on planes, in airports, at home when my spouse is on phone calls (or jamming out downstairs), and even for when I’m home alone working and don’t want to hear the weird creaks of the house or doorbell deliveries.

It’s just another way to ensure you’re minimizing distractions in any environment and focus on what’s in front of you.

Combat WFH Loneliness

19. Find an Online Community

One of the biggest drawbacks cited about working from home is the loss of in-person coworkers and community.

While my dog and cats are great work buddies, they just don’t provide the stimulating conversations that help me get over humps in work, come up with cool new tests to try, and think of new ideas.

Online communities can help replace that lacking in-person element though.

There are so many Slack, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn communities for specialized work where you can ask questions, share wins, complain, laugh, and more.

Find a few that work for you to keep you in the loop and feeling like part of the crew.

20. Leave the House

One of the benefits of telecommuting is that you can work from anywhere. Most coffee shops are happy to host you as long as you buy a drink or snack.

(Tip: Every time I’ve worked from a Starbucks location for a few hours, a team member has come by to all the telecommuters with trays of snacks and drink samples to try. I really love that they embrace people working from their coffee shops. And I always snag an iced tea or some snack to “pay for” the WiFi I use while I’m there.)

Try a coworking space, go to a friend’s house who also works from home, or work outside on a restaurant patio if the weather is nice.

Changing location can inspire new ideas and ignite your motivation to be more productive.

21. Tell Your Family/Housemates About Your Work

Working from home can feel lonely when you feel like you’re slogging it out by yourself.

Not only does telling your family about your work give them an investment in it, but it can also help them understand how important it is to give you space to do that work at home.

A conversation like this can help give you some visibility at home and the praise you get from family can be great motivation, too: “I have a tight deadline for these illustrations I’ve been working on, but I’m really proud of them. Let me show you what I’ve drawn out so far.” Then explain some of the details at a higher level.

When they’re invested in what you’re doing, it can feel like you’ve got one more person on your side.

22. Break up the Routine Every Once In a While

Yes, I said to create a routine. But every once and a while, do something to break it up.

Go to a morning coffee networking event, or take your dog to the park in the afternoon.

Take a few hours midday to go to a local attraction or art museum.

One of the benefits of working from home can be the flexibility of your schedule.

If it works for you to adjust your working hours and start work a little later or take a few hours in the afternoon to give your brain a break or experience new things – you’ll end up being even more productive in the long run.

Prioritize Your Physical Health

23. Utilize the 20-20-20 Rule

Do you ever look away from your computer screen only to realize that your eyes are struggling to adjust and keep up?

The 20-20-20 rule helps prevent eye strain from staring at a computer screen 8+ hours a day.

The idea is that “a person takes a 20-second break from looking at a screen every 20 minutes. During the break, the person focuses on an object 20 feet away, which relaxes the eye muscles.”

Using this rule or even trying blue light blocking glasses can help you keep your eyes healthy at the end of the day.

24. Prep Healthy Meal & Snack Options

When I first started working from home full time, I thought I’d have the time and motivation to prepare myself healthy meals every day.

Fast forward to 6 months later, and I’ve found that if I don’t prep something in advance I’ll either skip eating altogether or eat a mishmash of weird ready-made or pantry items.

It’s definitely not the healthiest option. Set yourself up for success (and for quick lunch breaks between calls) by prepping breakfasts and/or lunches in advance.

25. Take an Actual Lunch Break

Along with eating a healthy lunch, it’s critical that you actually take a break for lunch.

Sure, there are days when we can’t avoid a desk lunch, but when you’re working from home, data shows that breaks and time away from the computer can help you be more productive later.

26. Drink Enough Water

A CDC study found that half of Americans just don’t drink enough water.

How much you need per day varies based on your activity level and other factors, but chances are you won’t hurt anything by drinking a couple of extra glasses.

I have a big Yeti cup with a straw that helps me stay hydrated throughout the day. I set a goal to fill it up 3+ times and take small sips every once and a while. Set calendar reminders if you need to.

U.K. study found that staying hydrated “can influence mood, lead to greater feelings of fatigue and reduced levels of alertness.”

And, even more importantly, “hydration status can affect cognitive (brain) function. Severe (and sustained) dehydration can also reduce short-term memory and the ability to process and interpret visual information.”

So get to drinking that H20!

27. Get up Every Hour – Walk + Stretch

Moving around can help get the blood flowing in your body and give you a short respite from whatever work you may be stuck on.

If you’re drinking enough water, you’ll probably need to leave your desk regularly anyway.

For those of us who sit at a desk all day, the Mayo Clinic has a list of stretches that help with neck, shoulder, chest, and lower back tightness that comes from working all day long.

Mental Health Is Just As Important

28. Meditate 10 Minutes a Day

Use the time you may have spent commuting to focus on setting an intention for your day.

There are many free YouTube video meditations that can help you or you can purchase an app like HeadSpace to encourage you to take the time.

The practice of meditating, among other benefits, can help you tune out distractions and stay focused.

“Meditating in short sessions can help you focus on your work better throughout the day, reducing your chances of getting distracted, and sharpening your cognitive potential,” according to research from the American Psychological Association.

29. Take a Day Off

When you first transition from an office to full-time work from home, everyday sort of feels like a “day off.” Sure, you still have work to do, but you don’t have to go anywhere in particular to do it.

It’s crucial that you still take days off for mental health and illness.

Oftentimes we think, “Sure I have the flu, but I can just work from my bed in my PJs. I’ll be at home either way anyway.” This is a recipe for burnout.

Just because you can work anywhere, doesn’t mean you have to if you’re unwell, need a day off, have family in town, etc.

Just take the day off. Work will be there when you get back.

30. Travel If You Can

One of the amazing parts of telecommuting is that you really can work from anywhere there’s an internet connection. So take advantage of that ability, and travel if you have the time and means.

Rent an RV. Work from planes with wifi. Leave on a Thursday and then spend the weekend in a fun new location.

31. Let Go of ‘Perfect’

A lot of times we have these “ideals” about what our lives will look like when we work from home.

For me, I like to go to the gym early, take my dog for a long walk in the park, and then deep dive into my work.

But sometimes things pop up, and I choose sleep over the gym, get stuck in traffic after the dog walk, and spend the morning putting out client fires.

Accept that some days will not go to plan.

The flexibility that comes with working from home also means that the perfect schedule, the perfect workday, the goal of productivity don’t always happen.

So we roll with the punches and try again tomorrow.

What tips would you add to help telecommuters stay productive? Tell us in the comments!


Find the Oil jobs

The demands of oil have spread over the entire globe and the continuous discovery of oil deposits in countries in the Middle East and other countries in the Pacific pave the way for oil jobs. As the demand for energy is rapidly expanding jobs in oil and gas sectors continue to grow to meet the demand. 

This includes a variety of positions like rigs, pipelines, or even refineries. If you want to work in this sector you have to start as a laborer because it requires no experience and educational requirement then work your way up to drill operator and other higher paid responsibilities like petroleum technician or geologists and engineers which require a bachelor degree.

Drilling and extracting oil from the bottom or oil rig floor through the use of heavy equipment operated by and technically skilled workers make the companies in oil become more productive. Advanced technology like the mud motor which drills the earth horizontally in extracting oil from a distance out from an offshore platform out under a city is made possible by a driller. Salaries for jobs in oil vary from the kind of position in the company. A tool pusher which is the highest paying position in the drilling operations has a starting salary of about $75,000 or more. A company man/woman being a representative of the oil company may receive a salary of about $120,000. A management skill is required for this position to ensure the smooth flow of the company operations.


The salary offering ranging from $40,000-$120,000 annually by the oil companies is enough to attract skilled workers from across the globe. Among the positions are; deck crew such as roustabout, painter, crane operator; drill crew includes: roughneck, Derrickman, and drillers; catering crew such as chef or cook, night cook or baker, camp boss.

Roustabout which is a common entry-level position in oil jobs and they are responsible in maintaining a clean deck area, also he guides the crane operator on the technicalities of the job. Painter for instance, is only responsible in painting the oil rig. Crane operators on the other hand, are in charge of maintaining the machines that are used in the drilling operations. Drillers do the job to operate the actual drilling equipment, as well as drilling on and above the oil rig floor. Derrickman on the other hand, is responsible in the operation of the pump room and to it that mud pumps and mixture are maintained.

Catering crew in the oil job such as cook is in-charge of the food preparation and kitchen maintenance. To ensure the cleanliness and sanitation of this area, a camp boss is employed.

Salaries for Various Positions

Annual salary in the oil jobs are summarized as follows:

Roustabout $40,000-$45,000
Painter $40,000
Crane Operator $60,000
Roughneck $55,000
Driller $65,000-$80,000
Asst. Driller $55,000
Tool pusher $75,000 or more
Company man/woman $120,000
Chef or cook $40,000
Night cook or baker $45,000
Camp boss $60,000

If you’re interested in being a driver for such companies you can check CDL Jobs close by your location.

Hard-working and technically skilled people are the best to enter into the oil job. You can start applying by writing a resume and cover letter to tailor fit a specific type of job in oil that you are considering. Your resume should include your career objectives, educational background, and training. Include the name of each of your previous employers, location and duties and responsibilities you have performed. Search for the largest mining contractors and companies and review them before applying online.

9 directions of staff searching

So your manager director made a decision that he needs an employee. He formulated for himself how the post of a specialist would be called, for which he would answer, what powers would be, what he would receive from the company, and so on.

Direction 1

Searching for candidates is better to start your own company. Here you can find a real specialist who is ready to make a required responsibilities. Sometimes is better to segment these responsibilities between available co-workers and promote staff rotation.

Direction 2

If such approach is not an option, you can pay attention to your closest friends or the guys you know, who are working in other companies.

If to scrubble in memory you can always find few names who has enough professional skills. The call to any of them may provide you targeted result.

Direction 3

If a specialist will refuse your offer, he will for sure recommend someone else instead of himself.

Direction 4

By placing a hiring advertisement in magazines, radio or TV, an employer decides really global task- thousands of people knows about the vacancies at once. Frequently such circumstance guarantees successful search results because of the large circle of candidates. What is more that all candidates responses will be targeted. 

You also need to remember the content of the ad text. The more precisely the requirements for candidates are formulated, the terms of employment and other information about the vacancy, the faster the candidate will be found.

Direction 5.

There is a more complex way, the so-called method of targeted personnel search. In this case, the objectives to be developed are first defined. It’s about competing companies, leading companies and any organizations where potential candidates for a vacant position work or can work. Having collected the relevant information, the names of the specialists of interest are established. Further, it is necessary to ensure contact with them and make a proposal for a change of place of work. This method is used mainly in the selection of top staff, and it can be used only by professionals in personnel management.

Direction 6.

The system of recruitment through specialized recruitment agencies is actively developing in our country. The main advantage of this method is the guaranteed result. Agency services are often paid after the candidate is found and starts working in the company of the employer. The agency’s consultants not only search and select staff but advise the company, which allows improving the situation, for example, with the adaptation of a new employee, to optimize the system of staff motivation.

Direction 7.

In recent years, the Internet has been actively used, thanks to which it is possible to find a specialist in any city. A lot of specialized Internet sites allow you to establish contact with candidates, organize correspondence.

Direction 8.

A fairly large number of enterprises use the services of the state employment service, where besides the social protection of unemployed citizens, conditions have been created for recruiting staff for employers, not only for permanent but also temporary work. The main advantage of this method is free of charge services.

Direction 9.

Employment job search engine Joogle, which consider thousands of job openings in different spheres from most known job boards and employers can give a chance to find dream work and to receive job experience for the applicants. Let’s make the job search time less nervous and divide this long and daunting process into small steps. You will find that searching for work – not such a terrible thing, what it may seems to be! Whether the jobseekers are beginning their career or have some experience under their belt, getting a new job has a process of its own and some key steps should be considered.