There used to be a time when if you were looking for a job, say for an accountant or receptionist, you’d scan the ads and look for “Accountant” or “Receptionist.” There was no gray area. We knew what those job titles meant and we searched accordingly. Lately, though, it’s not so cut and dry. I don’t know if businesses are trying to be witty and clever, or if they’re going the hipster route in order to weed out the old-asses like myself, but many of the job titles I come across are too ambiguous to tell what the job is about.
Perhaps I’m dating myself as an old-timer, but back in the day, before the Internet made so many telecommuting options available, job seekers were limited to local classified ads. When it was time for a new situation, we brought several different Sunday newspapers in order to see which companies were hiring. If the classifieds weren’t paying off, job hunters took to the pavement. Armed with a list of businesses, they’d visit as many companies as possible to inquire about open opportunities and leave a resume to keep on file.
The competition for a single remote job listing is fierce. In every job sharing group on Facebook, the first question asked as soon as someone shares a job is “remote?” Popular job search sites are also inundated with requests for remote jobs from people who want to work at home. It only makes sense that there are people who are willing to pay to subscribe to job listings sites that offer access to telecommuting or “work from home” options.
Over the past few years, I subscribed to a few different job listing services and I found them very helpful at that time. Lately, however, I’m not feeling as if the ends justify the means. With that in mind, I’d like to give you a few things to think about before you invest in a paying remote job listing subscription.
Telecommuting hopefuls spend a good chunk of their time seeking out remote jobs. Because so many people are looking to work from home, businesses that hire remote workers can receive a ton of applications. The competition is fierce and it can be frustrating for those who are serious about finding a decent job.
Something that might help is to keep a list of places that hire remote workers handy. If the job boards aren’t turning up any new leads, referring back to your list might show new openings for remote jobs that haven’t yet hit the job boards or listing sites. I’m sharing some of my tried and true, go-to, work from home companies with you today so you have a list to refer to when you need it.
Thank you so much for your patience as I took some time off to care for a loved one. I was reminded why I like to share freelance and telecommute job leads after I began rebuilding my client base and applying for new opportunities.
I share because of my frustration with various job ads and many of the sites that share job leads. I don’t like to be misled. If a link or a lead promises something, I expect the listing site to deliver on that promise. Moreover, I’m tired of seeing a promising headline and job description only to learn the job pays very little (if at all). Finally, I don’t want to have to put out a lot of money to find a job.
Dear People Who Place Employment Ads:
Can we talk? It’s about your job ads. They’re starting to get a little out of hand.
I get it. You want to make sure you’re receiving individualized responses from job candidates, rather than the same old, cookie cutter responses. You also want to be sure candidates are thoroughly reading the job ad to make sure they’re the right fit. You take these steps to make sure no one’s time is wasted, least of all not your own.
But you know what?
We haven’t done a big freelance and telecommute jobs dump in a while, have we? There’s a good reason for it, and I’ll hopefully begin posting more often.
Please accept my apology for sporadic posting. We had a bit of a family crisis that kept me away from my laptop. Thankfully we’re getting back to normal. In the meantime, why not join our remote job-sharing group on Facebook or check out Telecommunity’s remote job board. You can also subscribe to Telecommunity to receive leads in your inbox every time we update.