A whopping 3.7 million employees work from home at least half the time according to Kate Lister, president of San Diego-based Global Workplace Analytics. With a myriad of benefits for both employees and employers, the Internet is making it easier for interested workers to identify telecommuting options.
Global Workplace Analytics recently revealed that “80% to 90% of the US workforce says they would like to telework at least part time.” Their report found that “2 to 3 days a week seems to be the sweet spot that allows for a balance of concentrative work (at home) and collaborative work (at the office).”
Here are a few tips and resources to help you land your next (or first) remote position.
Step 1: Pick the Low Hanging Fruit
The easiest way to find telecommuting roles is to start with a job board that exclusively posts remote work. Sites likes FlexJobs, We Work Remotely, CareerBuilder and Indeed are treasure troves of reliable and reputable remote work options. Remote.co and The Muse are also good places to search.
Step 2: Become a CyberSleuth
If you have not landed a role of your dreams after exhausting the simpler approach, consider conducting your own custom web search.
Start with a job aggregator like Indeed or Simply Hired and modify your search by keyword, not location. Enter this string in the keywords section to isolate remote positions: (“work from home” OR remote OR remotely OR telecommute OR virtual).
From there, add your specialty/area of interest to the same keywords section. For example, “customer service”, “computer science,” “technical writer” or “software engineer.”
A general Google search using the following search string: “about us” “work remote” company apply (careers OR jobs). The search results will reveal a wealth of companies, websites, and organizations that support flexible, part-time, remote and nomadic work options.
Step 3: Explore Additional Resources
FlexJobs recently published their third annual list of the 100 top companies to watch for remote jobs in the year ahead. Make note of the companies in your industry/area of expertise and subscribe to job alerts for future roles of interest. Skillcrush, an interactive online learning community for creatives, thinkers, and makers, published a list of the top 25 sites to find remote work. Bookmark the list and comb through each site to find hidden gems.
With a savvy approach and a little diligence, your 60-second commute (across the hall to your home office) could become a reality this year.