25 Telecommuting Job Search Tips

telecommuting job search tipsDoing a job search can be frustrating and stressful enough, especially if you’re between gigs. Searching for a telecommuting opportunity makes the hunt for long term employment even more of a challenge. That isn’t to scare you away, but rather to let you know that most people who are searching for a remote opportunity don’t always find something right away.

It’s not that there are no telecommuting jobs out there. Indeed, there are plenty – and hundreds of opportunities open up each day. In fact, in 2016 there are more ways to work from home than ever. Plenty of employers are now open to the idea of hiring remote workers.  However, when you consider how many people are now looking to telecommute, well, the competition is fierce. read more

Don’t Let Location Scare You Away From That Perfect Job

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Is there anything more frustrating than finding a listing for a job that’s perfect for you, but it’s not within a commutable range? Don’t write that job off yet, because there might be an opportunity there – a telecommute opportunity.

The way I see it, unless a job specifically states “no remote applications,” there’s a 50-50 chance of getting hired as a remote applicant. If you present yourself as the absolute best candidate for the job, you’ll have a potential employer’s consideration – at the very least. In other words, if you really, truly want the job, and you really, truly have passion for the job, it must show in your communication. read more

Tips for Dealing With Loneliness and Isolation When You Work at Home

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I love the quiet of working at home. As much as I love my family, one of my favorite times of day is after they leave for school and work and I have the house to myself. Sometimes I get so lost in the quiet and the project at hand, I look up and and see hours have passed.I work much better alone, in my quiet home, than I do with other people around.

With the above said, I still have times when I feel lonely and miss the banter and camaraderie that comes with working with others.Fortunately, I have a few ways for getting around the loneliness and isolation that can come from working at home. read more

What to Do About Tech Support When You Telecommute

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When you work at home, you can’t call down to the IT team to help you troubleshoot a computer or other issue. If you’re part of a distributed team, there isn’t any team to help you get things fixed, and if you work far from the office no one’s coming to your house to see why you’re getting the blue screen of death. In fact, you may even be responsible for your own equipment depending on your agreement with your company, or whether or not you’re an independent contractor. read more

10 Things to Consider Before Telecommuting

work from homeOnce upon a time, I looked out of my office window and dreamed about a time when I would have the freedom and flexibility that comes with telecommuting.

Telecommuting always seemed like a good choice for me. I never thrived in a traditional office environment. I didn’t like working with people looking over my shoulder, or amid the noise and hubbub of a shared work space. Working from a quiet home office felt like the more productive choice. And it was. Except there were a lot of fits and starts in the beginning. read more

Tips for Applying for a Telecommute Job – That Isn’t Listed as Remote

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Have you ever come across a job listing that’s perfect for you – except it’s located far beyond commutable distance? You’d love to do the job on a remote basis, but if the want ad doesn’t specifically state the brand is open to hiring telecommuters, should you even bother applying?

You won’t know if you don’t try.

Unless a job ad specifically states it’s not accepting remote applicants, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t throw your hat in the ring anyway. Just because a business is searching local, doesn’t mean it won’t consider candidates in another part of the state, national – or even global. It never hurts to ask. read more

You’re Not “Unemployable” Because You Prefer to Work from Home

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Why has it become fashionable for freelancers and telecommuters to proudly proclaim how they’re “unemployable?”

Listen. Just because one feels s/he’s not suited for the typical 9 -5 or prefers a more casual, flexible, working environment, doesn’t mean that person doesn’t have the ability to be employed. It only means said person is making a conscious choice not to enter a more traditional workplace. Showing a preference for working at home or being an entrepreneur doesn’t make one “unemployable.” read more