Sorting out the illegitimate from the legitimate telecommuting jobs can take up a large amount of your time, and it's sometimes hard to do. Spammers and scam artists have become more sophisticated in their approach to stealing your identity, and they know that job seekers are often easy targets. You can avoid scams and find good paying telecommuting jobs by doing the following:
Step 1: Research Telecommuter Job Sites
Your time is precious, which includes the time needed to fill out applications, submit your resume, network with recruiters and follow up with submissions. One way to gain more time is to let job sites do the search for you. Search a few reputable websites that post legitimate telecommuting jobs daily. Some websites that should make your list include:
Apply for jobs early, because telecommuter jobs are highly competitive. The longer you wait to apply, the more competitors you'll have in line in front of you.
Step 2: Check with Telecommute Friendly Companies
Another approach to finding work is to research telecommute friendly companies to see whether they have any open positions. Many work at home websites or websites that are geared to parents list these companies, such as:
- 2Work-at-home.com (http://www.2work-at-home.com/telecommute.shtml)
- Homebiztools.com (http://www.homebiztools.com/employers.htm)
- Storknet.com (http://www.storknet.com/cubbies/workathome/telefriendlyco.htm)
Many companies may not advertise a position at the time that you're looking, but keep checking because things might change.
Step 3: Research Companies
Not all legitimate telecommuting jobs are advertised. Some of these jobs come about because a worthy job candidate is able to convince managers that a company will save money and gain a more productive workflow by making a traditional position a telecommute position. Other jobs may eventually get advertised, but your inquiry may put you far ahead of the competition.
Make a list of all the companies you would want to work for. Call the human resources department, retained recruiter, manager or other contact to find out what opportunities are available. Try to get information on positions that are available that could be a telecommute position.
Step 4: Pitch to Companies
It can be difficult to persuade a company that has no history with you to offer you a telecommute position. That doesn't mean that you don't have a shot, or that you shouldn't try. It does mean that you'll have to present yourself in the best light possible. Start by forming a relationship with a key person inside the company. Social media, emails and phone calls are three good methods to help you with that. Once they know your name and a little bit about who you are, send them a resume and a cover letter. Ask them to keep you in mind should a telecommuting position arise. Follow up with a phone call to ensure they received your information, and to answer any questions they might have. A "No" today doesn't mean a "No" tomorrow.
Finding and landing legitimate telecommuting jobs is possible, but it can take time. Plan your finances so that you have a cushion of at least three months worth of living expenses. You should also work as a freelancer until you can find a job.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.