4 Simple Steps for Finding a Real Work From Home Job
Working from home is a dream for millions. Who wouldn’t want to get paid for sitting in their bathrobe? One day I decided that I would leave my current job only for a job that would allow me to work from home 100% of the time. Within a month I achieved my goal. That was 10 years ago. I now hire people to work from home. Here’s how you can do it today.
Post your resume strategically
Forget the largest job sites. They’re mostly junk. Go to Indeed.com and post your resume but don’t just post a generic version. Think about the telecommute job you want and make that resume fit it like a glove. Place a purpose or goal statement at the top describing not only that you want a job working from home but why you are a great candidate. TIP: leave out the WHY. Really! Don’t explain how you want to work from home so you can be with your kids or take care of your elderly dog. Both are laudable but it’s TMI and may work against you.
Search on FlexJobs.com
Flexjobs.com has a section that is specific to telecommuting called “Anywhere Jobs“. Not only do companies looking to fill telecommute positions post to FJ directly but FJ scrapes a lot of job boards including Indeed.com. However, look before you leap. I have found good candidates to fill telecommute positions through FlexJobs but candidates have to pay to use Flexjobs. In the “everything is free somewhere” internet, is this a bad thing? If you are serious, then no. Three of the last four positions I hired for were filled by FlexJobs candidates. There is something about the hurdle of pay-to-play that filters out the non-serious candidates and gets you noticed faster.
Search all Craigslist sites at once
I found my first telecommute position on the Little Rock, Arkansas Craiglist site even though I was living in California. How? Google “search all craigslist” and you will find plenty of search engines that will automatically run through all Craigslist sites at once. Some solutions will even automatically run the search daily and email you the results. Search on terms like telecommute, work from home and remote position. The most focused keyword phrase I suggest is “100% telecommute”. I always include that in my job postings.
Target remote workforce companies directly
Cut out the middleman and keep an eye on the companies that you know hire telecommuters. With a little Googling, you can create a short list of prime companies who are looking for someone just like you. Once you locate a company, grab the URL of their hiring page and get an alert every time it changes using services like VersionVista, Change Detector or VisualPing. To get started, check out articles such as 50 of the Best Companies Hiring Remote Workers, 26 Virtual Companies That Thrive on Remote Work or 76 Virtual Companies and Distributed Teams.
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