This article provides usable advice from telecommuting veteran Sharon Davis on how to find a telecommuting job and how to approach telecommuting companies.
How to find a
The answer may be easier than you think, but
there's a catch.
The truth is that you find a telecommute job
just like you find any other job- with research, persistence
and a bit of job search savvy.
The caveat? Ever wonder why more companies don't
advertise telecommute jobs? In this competitive job market
you'd think more of them would see the benefits of hiring
telecommuters. Well, many of them do, they just don't
advertise their telecommute positions. The sad fact is that
when they do, they are inundated with responses from
applicants who aren't remotely qualified for the position.
There seems to be a persistent rumor circulating that the
desire to work at home somehow qualifies a person to perform a
job. This has really turned employers off to posting
telecommute positions for the world to see.
With that said, you can see how important it is
to be very realistic when applying for a telecommute position.
Think of your home-based job search as a "traditional" job
search. Keep in mind that many companies are telecommute
friendly, even if they don't list that in their job listing or
ad. In fact, the company you are currently working for may be
willing to allow partial telecommuting. That should be the
first place you look. Many companies are testing the waters by
allowing employees to work from home on a part-time basis.
If you feel that this is a possibility for your
company, the first thing you should do is determine whether or
not the job you do is appropriate for telecommuting. If you
are a receptionist who does clerical and phone work, then your
job could possibly be performed from home, but if you also
greet clients then it may not be an option. Here is a good article on how to convince your boss to
let you telecommute.
For an external job search, definitely check out
the sites that cater to telecommuters. Some good sites are About.com, Gil Gordon's
site, and Dice.com. Aside from that, you should
identify companies that you want to work for and apply to
them. You will find a listing of Telecommute Friendly Companies here at
When I was making a career change, I made a list
of the top 10 companies that I wanted to work for. I sent my
resume and cover letter to each of them. I ended up landing
the job with my first choice. As it turns out, the person I
replaced had just been promoted on the day my resume was
received. The company's Human Resources Manager was passing my
future boss in the hallway. Handing her my resume she said,
"Oh, here you go. You'll need to replace yourself!". Timing is
While you do want to inquire about a company's
policy on telecommuting and flexible work arrangements, you
should not let that be the focus of the interview. You want to
leave the impression that you are a quality candidate, not
that you are desperate to stay at home. Most companies don't
offer telecommuting right off the bat. In most cases, you must
work for a predetermined period of time before telecommuting
becomes an option.
Take a good hard look at your resume. Companies
that hire telecommuters are looking for specific skills and
qualities. Make sure your resume highlights those skills. A
resume is particularly important for someone who is looking
for a home-based position because in many cases, the very
skills required to write an effective resume are the skills an
employer is looking for. Also keep this in mind when
interviewing, as these skills will be evaluated through the
interview process. Many employers conduct phone interviews and
will get a sense of your communication skills and your
professionalism this way.
Even if you don't have the skills that are in
demand for telecommute jobs, don't lose hope! It's never too
late to learn a new skill. Take a course at a local college,
or one of the many online courses that are available. You can
find information on internet courses at http://www.2work-at-home.com/tutorials.shtml.
Whatever your situation, remember to stay
focused on finding a job that matches your skills and
experience, present yourself in a professional manner, and
treat your job search as you would if you were seeking a
110 Best Job Search Sites on the Internet-
by Katherine K. Yonge.
101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview
Questions - by Ron Fry, Ronald W. Fry.
Deloitte & Touche: The VaultReports.com
Employer Profile for Job Seekers.
The 100 Best Companies to Work for in
America - by Robert Levering, Milton Moskowitz.
Sharon Davis, Work-At-Home expert, author and consultant,
helps people to achieve their goal of working at home,
telecommuting or starting a home business.
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