Many of the people who land on this blog via search engines are searching for information on finding or landing entry level telecommute jobs. Apparently, there are a lot of folks who are just starting out, changing their career focus, or heading back to work after taking time off to raise a family.
Because there’s so much interest, today’s post focuses on how to break into telecommuting and find the right kinds of jobs for you.
You would search for entry level telecommute jobs the same way you would seek this type of employment outside the home. The only exception is the types of jobs you’re searching for, where you’re searching for those jobs, and the type of work you want to do.
What kind of work do you want to do?
Certain jobs lend themselves well to telecommuting and aren’t so difficult to break into. For example, there are plenty of customer service, transcription, and freelance writing opportunities available for anyone looking to start at the beginning.
There are also plenty of jobs available for more specialized entry-level job seekers, but they’re not as easy to find. Many companies like new or beginner employees to come into the office to train, learn the ropes and gain experience. However, you might be able to work from home after training or a specific amount of time.
Your first step in seeking out entry level work is to figure out what you want to do and research some of the opportunities available. Understand what types of telecommuting jobs are open to people at your level. Once you gain experience, it will be easier to find the opportunities that enable you to work from home.
Where does one find entry level telecommute jobs?
Remote jobs are in demand right now. One reason is that – thanks to the ability to telecommute – we can apply to a wider range of opportunities. So if a desirable job is outside of our locality, we still have a chance of landing the gig. Also, some of us simply prefer to work from home.
If you’re looking to find entry level telecommuting jobs, here are some suggestions as to where to look:
- Job boards and search engines: Many job boards and search engines list entry level opportunities for telecommuters. Some list remote jobs every day. Others list them now and again. If you’re truly serious about finding a job where you can work from home, you’ll want to check all the boards and search engines often to get a jump on the competition. Some places for finding remote jobs are Indeed.com, Angel List, and Skip the Drive.
- Blogs that cater to telecommuters: Blogs such as this one also share notable listings to telecommuters at all levels of their careers.
- Forums that cater to telecommuters: Career-oriented forums often share job leads, and that includes remote jobs for beginners.
- Social networks: Facebook is filled with groups that share remote job leads. You can also find many job search websites, blogs, and forums that share remote leads on Twitter.
- Word of mouth: Let friends, family, neighbors, and local businesses know you’re looking for an entry level telecommute job. Someone might have an opportunity open and skip the job boards and go directly to you.
- Career Pages: Many businesses list job opportunities directly on their career pages. It’s a good idea to make a list of some of the places you’d like to work and check them often to see if there’s something suitable. For example, Xerox, Apple, and Amazon often list virtual job opportunities.
The usual application and interview rules apply
It’s important to remember that telecommuters are also professionals. Just because you have the ability to work in your pajamas and have flexible hours, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t act as you would in a more professional or corporate setting. Because you might not interview in person, you really have to be on your game so your resume and cover letter are perfect. Moreover, because you’re applying for a telecommuting job, you’ll have more competition, in which case you have to present yourself in the best light and stand out from all the rest of the applicants.
- Turn in a clean resume and cover letter: Check for typos and grammatical errors. It’s often a good idea to ask a trusted friend or colleague to take a look at your details to make sure there are no glaring mistakes.
- Highlight strengths: Because you may not have much experience, it’s a good idea to highlight all the things you’re good at. Most people hiring for entry level jobs understand that they will receive applications for beginners. Show them what you can do and play up your strengths.
- List all relevant experience, no matter how small: If experience is helpful, list it on your resume. For example, editing your college newspaper might not be good enough for an advanced position, but it might do for an entry level opportunity.
- Use personal references: If you don’t have enough job experience to report, ask people to act as references. If you did volunteer work, have a professor who will vouch for you, or worked with others in any capacity, you know people who can act as references.
It might not be as easy to find an entry level telecommuting job as it is to find an onsite job for someone who is just starting out. However, there are good opportunities to be found. If you’re patient, diligent, and professional in your job search, you’re sure to find something that will do.
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