Still tempted to just check the want ads for your dream telework job? We certainly don’t want to stop you from looking; you never know what will turn up. But be ready to plow through a lot of ads for low-paid, menial work. Then again, maybe for now, some simple work you can do at home in order to bring in extra cash while attending to family, school, or other life matters is just the ticket.
Begin your search by checking online jobsites such as Monster (www.monster.com), CareerBuilder (www.careerbuilder.com), and Yahoo! hot jobs (http://hotjobs.yahoo.com). These provide comprehensive job
listings from companies around the country. And don’t forget Craigslist, at www.craigslist.org, where more and more employers post jobs, and other more specialized job resource websites like YourOnRamp (www.youronramp.com), which caters to professional women reentering theworkforce and seeking to maintain a work/life balance.
The search-by-keyword feature of these sites enables you to rapidly zero in on telework opportunities by running separate searches for each of the following words:
- work from home, and
Remember that many work-at-home jobs can be done from anywhere, so you don’t need to restrict your search by geographical region.
If you’d rather have someone else do the initial searching for you, the websites below offer free lists of work-at-home jobs:
- www.ratracerebellion.com. Click on “Fresh Work at Home Job Leads” in the left hand navigation bar, under the heading “Rebellious Resources.”
- www.wahm.com. Click on the link marked “Telecommuting/Work-at-Home Job Listings” in the left hand navigation bar.
These lists are prescreened and include only legitimate telework opportunities, not work-at-home schemes and scams. However, each list includes only a handful of new telework jobs each day, so they’re not a complete substitute for checking the major job boards.
Don’t pay for job listings. Online services might promise access to exclusive work-at-home job listings for a subscription fee. But legitimate employers pay to place ads to find qualified employees, not the other way around.
Once you start looking, you’ll see that many of the advertised telework positions fall into a few categories:
- telephone-based jobs, such as customer service agents, sales representatives, appointment schedulers, and recruiters
- writing and research jobs, such as editors, journalists, researchers, and bloggers
- computer technology jobs, such as software developers, information technology experts, Web designers, and technical support professionals, and
- transcription or translation work, such as transcribing medical records and translating corporate documents.
It’s no mystery why these jobs dominate the telework ads. They can all be done by one person, alone, using little more than a phone and a computer. And the employee’s performance is easy to measure by results, such as the number of sales, articles, or transcriptions.
If you find an intriguing ad, send an email with your application package pronto. Telework jobs are highly coveted, and you may face plenty of competition. Waiting even an extra day could mean the difference between an interview and a form rejection letter.
Always include a cover letter with your application, highlighting not only your interest in and qualifications for the job, but also explaining why you’d excel as a teleworking employee. If you occasionally work from home on evenings and weekends, for example, explain that you’re already experienced in doing substantive work without supervision. For guidance on what employers consider when evaluating a current employee’s suitability for telework.
Many of the arguments that employees would use to convince their current boss to let them work from home—such as their outstanding performance record and their ability to concentrate on work for long blocks of time at home—will be equally persuasive to a new employer.
Run telework job searches daily. Employers post new jobs every day. Checking regularly will ensure that you don’t miss out.
Finding a job you can do from home is a job in and of itself. It will take diligence to research potential opportunities, perseverance to keep trying even when your inbox begins to fill with rejection notes, and patience to survive the weeks or months of searching. The more flexible you can be about your income and job responsibilities, the easier it will be for you to score a job you can do from home.