Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Work From Home

CONVERGYS WORK AT HOME PROGRAM

We are looking for great people who have a passion for customer service.  Instead of working in a traditional call center environment, our Convergys Work At Home program hires customer service agents who work directly from home.  We have three basic types of work for home positions; all are required to provide customer service support.  Some positions are more sales or technically focused. During the application process you will be asked to identify which of these positions most interests you. Your qualifications and experience will be reviewed as part of the evaluation process.

How do you know if working at home with Convergys is right for you?
  • You would like a full benefit package with medical, vision, and dental coverage. 
  • You would like to earn paid vacation.
  • You would like to participate in a 401-K plan and be reimbursed for college tuition.
  • You would like all your training and work to be virtual, working out of your own home office that you set up and design to your liking.
  • You would like the confidence that comes from superior, quality training.
  • You would like to be part of a team of professionals that has fun and actually enjoys working together. 
What are the advantages of working from home for Convergys?
  • No commuting expenses, i.e. gas, parking, etc.
  • Working from the comfort of your own home office
  • Paid training
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Variety of schedules

FAQs

1. Who Is Convergys?

Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG) is a global leader in customer management.

2. What do we do at Convergys?

We provide solutions that drive more value from the relationships our clients have with their customers. For example, when you have a question about your cable bill or want to change plans on your cell phone, and you call customer service, you just may be talking with a Home Agent.

3. Where is Convergys Work At Home hiring from?

Convergys is currently accepting applications from the 48 U.S. contiguous states. We are currently hiring from these states: AL, AZ, CO, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY.

4. Are there any up-front fees to become a Convergys Home Agent? 

Convergys does not charge you to become an employee of the company. If you meet the necessary computer and Internet connectivity requirements, you will be eligible to be a Home Agent.

*Please note that you may need to purchase one or two items to perform regular duties (view Requirements for additional details)

5. What Can I Expect?
  • We have day shifts, evening shifts, and even overnight shifts.
  • Agents work 8 or 8.5 hour shifts. Full time equates to 40 hours with many programs offering overtime hours.
  • Part time schedules are 4-6 hour shifts, equating to 25-30 hours per week and also allow for overtime hours.
  • Working specifically on one client account with training dedicated to the information and skills needed to succeed.
6. What are some common myths?

Everybody has their own idea of what "working from home" means. Here are some common myths:
  • I can work my hours whenever I want.
  • I can put my customer on hold while I run to the refrigerator to grab a quick snack.
  • I can DVR my favorite shows and watch them while I work.
  • I can take care of family members. 
  • I can take the dog out for a quick walk.
  • I can fold laundry while I talk to customers.
Although we appreciate the individual who can multi-task, our Home Agents must portray the utmost in professionalism while on the phone. We cannot allow any typical home background noises to come across the phone line while speaking with customers. Successful Home Agents must be computer savvy, comfortable navigating between several systems simultaneously. Your shift times, including break/lunch times, will be assigned to you. You will have the flexibility to be hired into the particular window of time and shift time that you are looking to work. Some folks truly do prefer late night hours and split shifts.

7. What is the compensation structure?

Our home agents receive paid training as well as a set hourly wage. Some positions also qualify for performance based incentives in addition to the hourly wage. Employees are paid for their hours worked, not per call answered. They also qualify for employee benefits. Convergys offers comprehensive benefits: medical, dental, 401K, tuition reimbursement, and more.


REQUIREMENTS

Our work from home positions involve heavy phone communication with customers, utilizing a wide variety of software tools to navigate customer accounts, problem solving skills, and the ability to communicate effective solutions. We are seeking individuals with previous customer service experience, possessing the ability to quickly navigate various applications simultaneously on their computer. A quiet home office space, free of distraction, is required.

Technical

All technology requirements must be provided by the employee and must be maintained in good working condition.  All costs to meet these requirements, including repairs, monthly telephone, and internet charges are the responsibility of the employee and are not reimbursed by Convergys.

Personal Computer - Minimum Specifications
  • Desktop or Laptop with Microsoft Windows Operating System  (Apple/Mac, Chromebook, & Android systems are not compatible)
  • 17” Monitor with 1280x1024 minimum resolution
  • Intel or AMD processor (excluding all smartphone & tablet CPU’s)
  • PC age (manufacture date) of less than 6 years
  • 2GB RAM
  • 12GB Free hard drive space
  • 2 unused USB ports
  • Wired Ethernet LAN.  WiFi / Wireless is not permitted
  • All peripherals must be wired.  No wireless Keyboard, Mouse, or Headset
Internet - Minimum Specifications
  • Cable or DSL ISP on approved list (Satellite/Wireless ISP’s are not permitted)
  • Subscribed Upload Rate equal or exceeds 0.5 Mbps
  • Subscribed Download Rate equal or exceeds 1.5 Mbps
  • ISP must be highly stable with no packet loss and latency under 100ms
  • Home Router with wired link to PC
  • Convergys requires Internet not be used for non-work related purpose during working hours.  This includes media streaming, gaming, or web usage by other members of household.
Other Technical Requirements
  • Approved* Headset
  • Approved* USB Thumb Drive
  • Telephone with a mute button for use during training, team meetings and feedback sessions
* List of approved ISP’s, headsets and thumb drives will be provided if selected for employment.

Note: While every attempt is made to determine hardware compatibility, not all hardware will work with Convergys systems.

Environment, Physical, Other 
  • A home office environment that is quiet and free from distraction.
  • Ability to perform light hand activity work at a computer/telephone station in a home office environment.
  • Position is primarily sedentary.
Convergys is an EEO/AA/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer.

Write for Harper Collins

Specifications for submissions for Open Submission at KillerReads

KillerReads is an e-first imprint of HarperFiction at HarperCollins.

Mission statement for KillerReads:

We are on the lookout for commercial crime and thrillers ranging from police procedurals, to psychological thrillers, to high-concept thrillers and beyond.

We are looking for fantastic writing that hooks us, making us want to turn the page and find out what happens next; and characters that stay with us long after we finish reading. We want to feel moved, compelled, shocked, and intrigued.

We want to give a voice to exciting emerging talent in the genre that may otherwise go unheard.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to read your novel!

Email address for submissions: killerreads.submissions@harpercollins.co.uk

Entry rules:


  • KillerReads is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers (“HarperCollins”), The News Building, 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF
  • All submissions must be sent by email to the designated Open Submission email address: killerreads.submissions@harpercollins.co.uk
  • Submissions that have been sent by post or means other than email to the correct email address will not be accepted.
  • Each submission must contain:
  • Full length novel with sequential page numbering included, with the first page being the title page;
  • Synopsis of whole book, including the complete plot and the story’s end (maximum 500 words); a one paragraph summary of the book; a short list of the main characters; and
  • Author biography, to include any blogs and/or social media information, any creative writing courses attended, short stories published, prizes won, literary or media mentors and contacts, etc (maximum 1 page).
  • The submission must be in Word format throughout all documents; all documents must be submitted at the same time, attached to a single email (the attachments each to be clearly individually marked as ‘manuscript’, ‘synopsis’, and ‘author biography’); the chapters of the manuscript are to be in one document, NOT sent as separate documents. In addition, each of the three documents should be marked IN THE FILE NAME with the author’s name and the title of the novel and this information should also be marked on every page of each document [using the Header tool].
  • In the ‘Subject’ area at the top of an entrant’s submission email, entrants should put the title and their (pen) name.
  • In the body of the email, authors must provide their full name, address, and phone number.
  • Submissions that do not meet requirements of points 4-7 inclusive shall not be read.
  • Any submission containing incorrect, false or unreadable information will be rejected.
  • Any submission made on behalf of or for another person, or multiple submissions, will not be read.
  • Novels submitted must be within the crime thriller genre
  • All novels must be in prose.
  • All novels must be written in English.
  • Submissions must never have been self-published.
  • Submissions must never have been posted on publishing websites, forums or access platforms such as (but not limited to) Wattpad, Smashwords, Lulu, FanFiction, CompletelyNovel.
  • All novels must never have had an ISBN.
  • Authors must be prepared to undertake editorial work on their novel.
  • Authors must be prepared to undertake publicity and promotional responsibilities.
  • No correspondence between KillerReads, HarperCollins or the hopeful authors can be entered into, unless at KillerReads’s request, and we will not respond to unsolicited communications.
  • KillerReads shall endeavour to read the submissions as quickly as possible.
  • There is no obligation on KillerReads to publish any of the entrants to the Open Submission, in print or in ebook, or to offer any sort of editorial advice.
  • KillerReads’s decision is final; we cannot guarantee that unsuccessful authors will be notified.
  • You will retain all copyright in your submission and by submitting your novel you grant HarperCollins a licence to copy your submission and share it with its affiliates solely for the purpose of reviewing it.
  • Neither HarperCollins nor KillerReads will be able to return any submissions, so make sure you have a copy stored safely before you submit.
  • Any personal information you give us will be used solely for reviewing your submission and will not be passed on to any other parties without your agreement. 
  • HarperCollins will not be responsible unless required by law, for any loss, changes, costs or expenses, which may arise in connection with this open submission and HarperCollins can cancel or alter the open submission at any stage.


Writers Market - Earn A Dollar Per Word


WHO WE ARE
Eating Well is the only national food magazine that focuses exclusively on eating healthfully (our motto: “Where Good Taste Meets Good Health”). We are the preeminent magazine resource for people who want to enjoy food that is delicious and good for them.

Our readers are interested not only in cooking and nutrition science, but also in the origins of food and social issues related to food networks. They appreciate eating culture and traditions. They are well-read and discriminating—yet they don’t take themselves too seriously.

EatingWell’s “voice” is journalistic and authoritative; it speaks to both men and women. We cover nutrition with a newsy, science-based approach. Our recipes emphasize high-quality healthful ingredients, simple preparations and full flavor.

Publication frequency: Bimonthly
Circulation: 850,000 (as of the July/August 2014 issue)

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU
We welcome ideas from new writers. If you haven’t worked with us before, it’s best to start off pitching front-of-book ideas, even if you’re an established writer. Consider it an audition for a longer piece.

Please familiarize yourself with Eating Well and our departments. It’s difficult for us to contract with someone to write a story—no matter how brilliant the idea is—if it doesn’t fit into a specific department in the magazine. Send us ideas for specific sections in the magazine (e.g., Fresh).

You increase your chance of scoring an assignment with us if you 1) develop your pitch following the format for past columns, and 2) explain why the proposed topic should be covered in a specific issue. Example: “I think that the trend of ‘X’ would make a great piece for the Fresh section of the September/October issue because ‘X’ million of Americans say they do ‘X’ every fall.”

PITCHING TIPS
Eating Well prefers pitches via e-mail. Our staff is small, so it may take up to a month to get a response from an editor. If after a couple of weeks you don’t hear from us, we welcome a friendly follow-up e-mail. Describe your idea in two to three paragraphs. Be sure to explain “why now” and tell us where the story fits into the magazine. Share a bit (just a few sentences will do) about your experience: What other publications do you write for? What story topics interest you most? Please do not attach clips (we’ll request them if we want them); rather, sell us with great writing in your pitch. Even if your idea doesn’t “hit,” if your pitch is well-packaged (specifically for Eating Well) and written in a compelling way, we’ll be impressed—and likely to keep you in mind for future assignments.

Lead time: 3 to 6 months
Pay rate: up to $1/word
Rights purchased: All rights (including Web rights)

FREELANCER-FRIENDLY COLUMNS

FRESH:
In this front-of-book section, we feature seasonal picks and the latest trends in food and health (think: food policy, sustainable agriculture, wacky healthy new eating practices, etc.). While some of the Fresh section’s regular elements are written in-house or by regular contributors, much of the section is open to freelancers. Items generally range from 150 to 350 words. This is a section in which we like to try out new writers. Writers interested in contributing to the Fresh section should have a strong background in science, health and/or food reporting.

FRESH Food: These pages are dedicated to celebrating food. Could be a restaurant, a farm find, a seasonal food, a great farmers’ market or something trendy in the food/drink market. Sustainable agriculture and food origins pieces could fit into this section.

We’ll occasionally run something like “Local Hero in the News,” highlighting an individual (or group) who has a timely or newsy event or movement that promotes values of sustainable agriculture, food justice, nutrition education, food safety, environmental consciousness, animal welfare (as it relates to food) and/or healthful eating practices in his or her (or their) local community. Tell us about the results: What has this person/group accomplished? Who have they helped? What makes them unique?

FRESH Life: Here we will be getting more into how food and eating intersect with lifestyle, such as travel, beauty, books (not diet or cookbooks) and gifts.

FRESH Thinking: This page covers several facets of one current food-related issue, controversy or movement.

FRESH Health: Health and nutrition studies appear here. It can be multiple small stories or one page exploring various elements on one topic.

If something has appeared in a major news outlet or a food- or health-related news wire, we’ve seen the story, so please don’t pass the headline along without giving it a “Fresh” spin: What’s the angle for Eating Well? Why should we cover it now? (Or rather, in four to five months—which is our usual lead time.) Ask yourself: Could this work just as well in another food magazine? If the answer is yes, hone your pitch further, keeping Eating Well’s motto (“Where Good Taste Meets Good Health”) in mind.

We aim to highlight a new study that’s also timely. (For example, in February we might cover a new heart study since it’s American Heart Month or in the summer we might cover a study on hydration)

FRESH Fix: This is one page devoted to how to solve health conditions with food. Past examples: mood; allergies; cholesterol.

Contact: Associate Nutrition Editor, Julia Westbrook, Julia.Westbrook@eatingwell.com

FOOD STORIES
Most of our recipes are developed in-house or are contracted out to regular contributors who are well-established cooks and food writers. If you have a strong background in writing about food and developing recipes for national publications, we invite you to introduce yourself.

Contact: Food Editor Jim Romanoff, Jim.Romanoff@eatingwell.com

OTHER COLUMNS
Food/Culture-based Travel Stories
When it comes to feature stories (including those with a travel component), Eating Well prefers to work with writers whose work we know. We invite established writers who have a strong portfolio of clips from major publications and travel stories that might appeal to our readers (think: healthful eating, food origins) to introduce themselves.

Contact: Editor-in-Chief Jessie Price, editor@eatingwell.com

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Paid Work for Writers In-between Assignments

Work part-time as a Transcriptionist, Translator, or Proof-Reader while you are waiting for your next writing assignment. You won't earn a fortune but at least it is a steady income. How much you make depends on how much time you put in. They hire both Natives and Non-natives. Apply Here.


We are always looking for talented, capable transcriptionists, proofreaders and translators who are willing to be as focused on the satisfaction of our customers as we are.

Benefits of working with Babbletype

Work from Home

All you need is a computer, headphones, a good internet connection and at least a few hours of peace and quiet each day.

Work on your schedule

Life can be busy and complicated. Maybe you can only work during certain hours of the day (or night). Or maybe you can’t work on Tuesday or Thursdays. With Babbletype, you can work on the days and during the times you choose.

We operate on a daily assignment cycle. You can sign up for assignments anytime up to 4 PM Eastern Time each day, and all assignments are due by 4 PM the following day.

Get paid weekly

Babbletype pays weekly via PayPal for all work completed, regular as clockwork. Our work week starts each Sunday evening Eastern Time, and ends the following Sunday afternoon. We send you a report of what we owe you the following Wednesday, and fund PayPal the day after that.

Grow your skills

We routinely provide feedback for all work performed, so that you can steadily improve your abilities.

What we’re looking for

Native speakers only

As a matter of policy, we only assign work to people who are native speakers of the language we are assigning. For transcriptionists and proofreaders, that means English. For translators, you must be a native speaker in the source language, as well as completely fluent in English.

Language proficiency

This may be obvious, but we only work with people who can compose clear and accurate English. We’re not looking for grammarians, but we are looking for people who know basic grammar, who know how to spell, who know how to use the internet to research terms, who check their own work, and who deliver work which doesn’t require constant cleanup from other people. We are not looking for perfection, but we are looking for good, clean, professional work.

Reliability

Our clients count on us to deliver their work with great quality, on time. We’ll be looking for the same from you.

How to apply

Click here to visit the online application form

Monday, 8 August 2016

The Sun Magazine Pays Up To $2000


We publish essays, interviews, fiction, and poetry. We tend to favor personal writing, but we’re also looking for provocative pieces on political and cultural issues. And we’re open to just about anything. Surprise us; we often don’t know what we’ll like until we read it.

We pay from $300 to $2,000 for essays and interviews, $300 to $1,500 for fiction, and $100 to $200 for poetry. We also give contributors a complimentary one-year subscription to The Sun. We purchase one-time rights. All other rights revert to the author upon publication.

We discourage simultaneous submissions. We rarely run anything longer than seven thousand words; there’s no minimum length. Don’t bother with a query letter, except for interviews; the subject matter isn’t as important to us as what you do with it.

To save your time and ours, we suggest you take a look at The Sun before submitting. You can read a free sample issue online here. Printed sample issues are $5 each, which includes shipping and handling.

We try to respond within three to six months. With more than a thousand submissions a month, however, our backlog of unread manuscripts is often substantial. Don’t let a longer wait surprise you.
Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, and accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. (Poems may be single-spaced.) Your work will not be returned without sufficient postage, and we cannot respond unless a return envelope is provided. Do not send your only copy. Do not submit work or queries by e-mail or fax. Submissions received this way will not be acknowledged.


The Sun publishes interviews with innovative and provocative thinkers. We like interviews that stretch us intellectually yet remain accessible. We’re always on the lookout for voices not traditionally heard in the mass media.

We publish only question-and-answer-style interviews: no profiles. We typically pay from $1,000 to $2,000 for one-time rights, along with the option to reprint all or part of the work on our website, in our promotional materials, and in one of our anthologies.

Before you conduct an interview, send us a query telling us about the interviewee and what topics you plan to cover. (If you’ve already done the interview, no query is necessary.) Discussions with artists about their work usually don’t appeal to us. We’re particularly interested in interviews with women and people of color.

In-person interviews are best. We can sometimes help defray travel expenses, but only if you clear it with us in advance. If it’s not possible to meet face to face, we’ll consider a telephone interview. 

Follow-up questions, which we sometimes request after the interview is complete, can be done by phone or e-mail.

Interviews often fail because the interviewer assumes the reader is familiar with the interviewee’s work or never plays devil's advocate. The finished product should be accessible to an uninformed audience. To help avoid these pitfalls, we may ask you to send us a list of prepared questions beforehand.

After you’ve conducted the interview, you should send us a lightly edited transcript of the entire conversation. Some authors let the interviewee read the transcript and make revisions prior to submitting it. Transcripts should be at least five thousand words and can be as much as fifteen thousand. If we publish the interview, we will cut it to the length that we need and send both you and the interviewee the edited galleys for your approval prior to publication.

If the interview is turned down, you are free to submit it elsewhere. We will pay a kill fee only if one has been agreed upon in advance.

If the interview is accepted, we will ask you for an introduction of approximately one thousand words. The best introductions are creative and engaging and include a description of the interviewee and the setting in which the interview took place. Try not to quote from the interview. You may want to ask some biographical questions to obtain material for the introduction. Some facts to be sure to include are age, place of residence, degrees, and publications. We will also need a photograph of the interviewee — preferably black-and-white, in digital or print format — and complete contact information, including an e-mail address.

Submissions and queries should be typed, double-spaced, and accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope for our reply.


We’re interested in photographs of many kinds. We’re not looking for photojournalism, just unique perspectives on the world around us. We do not use artwork or illustrations. We ask that you limit an individual submission to 30 photographs for ease of review, but you are welcome to submit as often as you like. 

Upon publication, we pay from $100 to $200 for one-time use of photographs featured inside the magazine; we pay $500 for those we use on our cover. For photo essays we pay $500 to $1,000. We give contributors four copies of the issue in which their work appears and a complimentary one-year subscription, also upon publication. We use from ten to thirty photographs in each monthly issue. When we accept a photograph, we keep the image on file until we find a place for it in the magazine.

We try to respond within three months. With nearly a thousand photographs submitted a month, however, our backlog is often substantial. Don’t let a longer wait surprise you.

Submit By Mail

If you choose to submit traditional black-and-white prints, you may mail us prints of any size, though we find it easiest to review photographs that are between 4 × 5 and 11 × 17. Matte or gloss finish is acceptable; prints made on heavily textured paper, however, do not reproduce well.

All submissions by mail must be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope or box for our response and the return of your photographs. Your work will not be returned without sufficient postage. Please include protective packaging to ensure safe shipment.

Websites and promotional sheets with multiple photos per page will not be considered formal submissions. We cannot review color prints or slides.

Submit Online

If you are submitting digital images, you may send low-resolution images (72 dpi) electronically, using our online submission form.