As I mentioned in last week’s article, you’ll need to re-think or re-configure the way you will engage “Job Search 3.0.” The effect of COVID-19 makes us look at this “new normal” as an essential lifestyle adaption.
Consider what your work may look like from now on. It may make you slightly uncomfortable if you naturally need a physical representation as opposed to working from home:
1) You may NEVER physically meet your coworkers. Your job may be in Spain, and you live in the U.S. while your coworkers live in Africa, Australia, Iceland, and Germany.
3) Prepare for “video” to be the new phone call. Not that the phone call is obsolete, but the video will provide more intel for the employer, coworker, and connector.
4) Agility in using many platforms will be valued. Not everyone will use Zoom for interviews, nor will they use the one you’re most comfortable. When a prospective employer told you their address, you’ll do a test drive to ensure you’re on time for the interview. Similarly, consider familiarity with the technology the company uses with the same energy and intent.
Common mistake job seekers are making now is trying to make these digital adaptations in their minds temporary. The changes are similar to a child’s first tasting sweets. Try taking that first lollipop back. Most of you who will experience working from home for the first time will not want to give it up.
The quicker you adapt, the quicker you will appreciate the way you look at your career trajectory.
In the short video below I created for Prezi, I show the necessary software you need to work from home. I hope you find it valuable.
This special edition of the podcast features FlexJobs.com, a service providing legitimate and closely screened telecommuting jobs. There will be segments in the weeks to come where we will highlight relevant content for job seekers interesting in working remotely in a full or part-time capacity. You will hear Brie Reynolds (@briewreynolds), online content director for FlexJobs in most of the segments sharing what is featured on their blog, and studies highlighting the benefits of remote jobs and careers. If you are interested in telecommuting jobs and never knew how to find one, then this show is where you can start discovering new opportunities.
Have you ever worked from home or remotely even part-time? What has been your experience? We would love to hear about what you like or didn’t like? There are three ways to provide feedback other than commenting on the blog:
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Here are some highlights from our discussion:
What does it mean to telecommute?
- Jobs posted have flexibility in work schedule in any way and are remote. The telecommuting jobs are screened, so postings are scam and ad free so that job seekers can pinpoint the flexibility they need
- Common skills needed to work remotely are proactive communication and self-reliance. Challenges: working alone and being comfortable, and focusing through distractions such as other calls and mail delivery. Myths: Telecommuting jobs mean that you won’t need childcare. Children at home during work hours mean distractions. Another myth is that you’re slacking off while at home when studies show that remote workers are most productive.
53% of telecommuters work more than 40 hours/week. Only 28% of non-telecommuters do (Inuit)
- Research will help you determine the type of set up and equipment you need to meet company requirements. Get it set-up ahead of time so that you can tell employers that you are prepared for day one
- It also helps to be tech savvy and be prepared to handle your tech issues. In most cases, you will not have a help desk to help you resolve tech issues
100 Top Companies with Remote jobs in 2015
When looking for telecommuting jobs or remote work, here are some helpful keywords:
Work from home
- Telecommuting solves a number of issues for both companies and workers such as, lower rental space and equipment costs for companies, and less travel time and gas for employees. For both the employer and employees, telecommuting can reduce each person’s environmental footprint
- I refer to the DeVry/MBO partner survey where 1 of 2 professionals will be telecommuting and the show that featured the survey.
Brie shared the following studies regarding the rise of telecommuting:
- Intuit: In 2014, 24% of US workers telecommute some hours each week
- Forrester: telecommuting will rise to include 43% of US workers by 2016
- SHRM: 83 percent of HR professionals said telecommuting would be more prevalent in the next five years
Job seekers do not have to restrict his or her opportunities by state while searching. People can find companies in other states increasing possibilities. Freelancers can also find opportunities using FlexJobs for temporary or part-time telecommuting jobs.
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