The Essential Guide to Flexible and Home

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The Essential Guide to Flexible and Home
The Essential Guide to Flexible and Home‐Based Jobs
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What are flexible and home‐based jobs?
Trends in the flexible/remote job market
Top career fields and most common jobs
Companies hiring for flex/remote jobs
Avoiding job scams
How to find flexible opportunities
Job application tips
Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com
About Brie and FlexJobs
 About Brie
• College career advisor for 5 years
• MS in Human Resource Management
• Director of Online Content at FlexJobs
 About FlexJobs
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Founded in 2007 by CEO Sara Sutton Fell
Lists pre‐screened telecommuting, flexible schedule, full‐time and part‐time, and freelance jobs
60 staffers who all work from home
Have helped over 1 million job seekers
Over 30,000 researched and vetted companies
Membership site
Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com
What are flexible and home‐based jobs?
 Lots of options
 Home‐based
• Work‐from‐home, remote, virtual, distributed team, telecommute, telework
 Flexible scheduling
• Full‐time or part‐time, set‐your‐own hours, alternative schedules, flexible hours, results‐only (ROWE)
 Project or employee‐based
• Freelance projects (1099, independent contractor), regular employee, short‐term and long‐term
Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com
Trends in the Flexible Job Market
 Home‐based work
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Average telecommuter: 49‐year‐old college graduate—man or woman—at a company with more than 100 employees
Telecommuting in the U.S.:
• Full‐time: 4.4% of workforce. Occasional: 10%
• 50% have telecommute‐compatible jobs
Projection: 43% of workers by 2016
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Flexible schedules: 29% of all full‐time workers
Part‐time: 19 million work PT by choice (70% of all PT workers)
Overall: 89% of HR professionals say flex work will rise in the next 5 years
Freelance: 34% now; Projection: 40% by 2020
Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com
Top Career Fields for Flexible Jobs
 Careers with the most telecommuting & flexible job listings:
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Medical & Health
Sales
Customer Service
Administrative
Education & Training
Computer & IT
Marketing
8. Web & Software Dev
9. Research
10. Accounting & Finance
11. Project Management
12. Engineering
13. Consulting
14. Writing
Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com
Most Common Telecommute Job Titles
1. Writer
2. Consultant
3. Customer Service Representative
4. Sales Representative
5. Engineer
6. Account Executive/Manager
7. Software Developer
8. Case Manager
9. Medical Coder
10. Adjunct Faculty
11. Systems Analyst
12. Program/Project Manager
13. UI/UX Designer
14. Travel Counselor
15. Insurance Adjuster
16. Graphic Designer
17. Bilingual Interpreter
18. SEO/Marketing Assistant
19. Director of Business Development
20. Marketing Manager
Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com
Companies that Offer Telecommuting
 Huge variety
• For‐profits, non‐profits, small/med/large, government, education, healthcare, entertainment, travel, financial
 Top 100 Companies for Remote Jobs in 2015
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Teletech Convergys Sutherland Global Services Amazon Kelly Services Kaplan First Data IBM SAP 10.
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Westat
UnitedHealth Group Dell Working Solutions
Intuit US‐Reports
Xerox PAREXEL 18.
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Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com
Aetna Humana
VMware Salesforce American Express HD Supply Forest Laboratories ADP
Where to Search for Flexible Jobs
 FlexJobs
• See listings for free, sign up to apply
 Niche job boards and smaller sites
• “Top 18 Niche Job Sites for 2015”
• http://jobsearch.about.com
 Career pages of companies you admire
 Look in your local area, region, nationally, and internationally
• 96% have some geographic requirement
Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com
How to Avoid Job Scams
 Tons of tips on FlexJobs “Job Search Tips & Help” Blog
 Beware of scam‐friendly keywords
 Bad: Work‐from‐home or work‐at‐home job
 Good: remote job, virtual job, telecommute job
 Know the most common scams
 Data entry, pyramid sales schemes, envelope stuffing, wire transfers, rebate/forms processing, craft assembly, unsolicited job offers
 Warning signs of scams
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No company name or generic email address
Job interviews via instant messenger / IM
Immediate job offers and urgency to accept
Western Union or wire transfers
 Trust your instincts
Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com
Flexible Job Application Tips
 Customize resumes and cover letters
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Use keywords from job descriptions
Include previous flex / remote experience
• On resume: in summary of qualifications, technical skills, job titles
 Utilize social media and be visible online
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Create / update LinkedIn profile
Consider using About.me or WordPress to create online portfolio
Keep your personal brand consistent
 Prepare good stories for job interviews
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Research company, understand their culture
Show your personality
Help them envision you working for them
Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com
Questions?
Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com