Yes! Working remotely is possible. How?
Are you a new mom? Family priorities?
Are you based at a great distance from the IT hub of your city? Is travelling for work a major concern for you?
Yes to all this; but you have worked hard for your degree and experience. Now you are out of job, out of professional network and disappointed with yourself.
Changing market economy gives hope to the qualified people with challenging backgrounds. Allowing more flexibility, economizing on time and travel money along with widening the hiring demography, employers are becoming more keen to explore the breed of freelancers, part-timers and contract hires. On other side, we are still struggling with the mindset that only a dedicated employee will contribute 100% and their performances are easier to track on location. Self-motivation and an organized set-up at home (setting proper working hours and office-like-environment) are the key to sustain in this most competitive and limited domain of industry.
So, ‘working-from-home‘ seems to be a great option and but how to get started? There are various job portals, LinkedIn jobs and upcoming programs targeted to women for starting their career after breaks. The first step is obviously to create an appealing CV and then circulating it through the right channels. Here are a few key points to keep in mind:
- Using and following the right keywords : Search engines use keywords to come up with the most relevant results of your search. Using keywords in the CV which will be used when employers search for particular talent or industry domain will increase visibility of your CV, hence more chances of employers finding you. Keywords like freelancer, open to contract positions etc. will help.
- Searching the right places : Search the right job portals and websites using keyword searches like freelance jobs, work from home jobs etc. increase the chances of coming up with relevant jobs to apply. Creating search alerts and saving for regular updates will help in applying regularly. Content and data entry jobs are most popular which offer flexibility.
- Joining the right groups on LinkedIn and other social channels : LinkedIn and other social channels like Google+ has become a popular hub for broadcasting job opportunities. Joining the right group and connecting with potential employers will also keep you updated with the industry goings-on.
- Being open to contract work : Being a freelancer or working from home doesn’t work for all employers however, contracting for limited period of time is a good option for them. Hence, contract jobs are more easily available. Though it might not be permanent and long-term, you can build up relationships gradually and continue.
- Negotiating for telecommuting if possible : Many IT and writing jobs can be done from home. Also, startups and small companies don’t have extensive office space and hence, they might prefer remote employees. If an opportunity comes up which aligns with your need and skills, discuss the possibility of telecommuting. Though it might not be mentioned specifically, they might consider it as an option during the interview process. If you are already working and need to work from home for a specific reason or for a specific time period you may persuade your employer with the genuine explanations and possible benefits if you continue to work from home.
Designing and promoting your profile for the remote job of your dream is going to be easier by following these 5 strategies. “Being flexible” is the mantra. Wanting to work remotely is highly desirable by all job seekers as it allows more family time and saves travelling time and money. However, because of exact same reasons it is a highly competitive domain.
Are you working remotely or as a freelancer? Do you want to?
What strategies have you found most effective? Do share your views in comments.