Ok, so maybe that’s a misleading headline. I don’t know that there are really “hidden” telecommuting jobs. Just because a job opportunity isn’t obvious doesn’t mean anyone is going to any great pains to keep them out of the public eye. So it’s not that they’re”hidden” so much as they’re “quiet.”
If you’re looking to work from home, you probably have your tried and true list of job boards and search sites to look at every day. Sometimes every job search or listing site is sharing the same gigs. If you’re getting a little frustrated by the same old, same old, it’s probably time to change up your search strategy.
Today we’re going to explore some ways to look off the beaten track so you’re not applying at the same jobs as everyone else. We’ll also share some strategies for finding leads that aren’t advertised via the most popular avenues.
Mind you, none of the methods here are secret. There’s no rocket science involved. I’m simply sharing a few ways to find jobs that might not be so obvious.
What follows are some tips for finding the quiet leads.
1. Keep a list of places that hire telecommuters
If you’ve been searching for home-based work for any amount of time, you might be familiar with many of the brands that hire telecommuters. Some places hire more than others. Make note of the places that have a need for your skills and check back often. Keep adding to your list as you learn of new brands that are hiring. Check each of those companies often, as you never know when one will list a call for your dream job. Mind you, telecommute and freelance jobs are in high demand, so so act quickly to get a jump on the pack or to get your application is before the job is removed.
2. Participate in job sharing Facebook groups
There are quite a few job sharing groups on Facebook. Some, like our own Freelance and Telecommute Leads group cater to remote job seekers. Others are for specific professions — and even though they might not be specifically for home-based jobs, they often list remote opportunities. One perk of some of the more popular Facebook communities is that sometimes people who are hiring will post jobs exclusive to that group.
3. Use a job search keyword strategy
Instead of searching the usual job boards and career sites, try doing searches for jobs that aren’t advertised to the mainstream. In addition to searching job search sites, try also using the search engines, forums, and social networks with some specific keywords in mind. For example, using the search term “distributed team” can bring up company career pages for brands that hire telecommuters. Also, using the term “open to remote” can share some results for jobs that aren’t necessarily remote, but the company will consider it for the right person.
4. Attend professional events
Professional conferences, seminars, lectures, Chamber of Commerce events, and other events geared towards professionals are such a good way to make contacts and learn of leads. Through networking, you might hear of jobs that will soon become available and receive consideration before they’re open to the public. Moreover, when you make a good impression on someone who’s in a position to hire or make recommendations, they will consider your name when an opportunity opens. Many times, getting a good telecommuting job is all about who you know.
5. Talk to your boss
If your job doesn’t currently offer a telecommute option, maybe you can get that ball rolling. Have a heart to heart with HR to see if they’ll consider letting staff work at home. Learn the reasons why they might be hesitant, and present a good argument as to why telecommuting might benefit your company. Make it about the job and the good things telecommuting offers to both the employer and employee (as opposed to talking about how you like to work in PJ’s or that your kids need you). You might be able to start with a partial telecommute, but if it works you can present the case for full time.
6. Put out feelers
Let friends and family know you’re looking for a job you can do at home. Everyone knows people and everyone hears things. Perhaps no one knows of any available opportunities right now, but they might hear or something opening up later. How will they know to share it with you if you don’t tell them?
Try something different!
By all means, use the job boards and job listing sites. They’re all helpful and convenient. However, it’s also a good plan to look beyond the obvious sources. Try a variety of search terms, attend networking events, and let your friends and business connections know you’re looking.
The more serious you are about your telecommute job search, the more likely you are to find a good job!