Telecommuter jobs are just as desirable for employers as they are for employees in many cases. Studies have shown that employees who work at home are often more productive in that setting than they are in the workplace. It's also a cost-saving tool for employers. There are many resources for finding telecommuter jobs, such as:
1. Your Former Boss
Don't forget to ask your former boss about opportunities if you like the work and want to do it from home. Your former boss may have a telecommuter job available, and as long as you left the relationship on good terms and you were a good employee, there's no reason why you wouldn't be on the top of the list. You won't know until you ask. Don't send an email. Pick up the phone and ask how things are going. Inquire about any upcoming telecommuting positions. If there aren't any available, ask your former boss to keep you in mind if one does become available. Your call might lead a telecommuting position that was being advertised as an on-site job.
There are many websites that list telecommuter jobs, but some of the jobs are scams. You have to be careful where you submit a resume. TJobs.com is a website that's been around for 14 years, and it is an established website. It posts the jobs available on its website, but you cannot get access to the company information or apply for the job without paying a fee. In exchange for the fee, you do get job lists that are vetted for legitimacy. If you don't have much time to weed out the bad jobs on your own, then the service may be worth paying for.
3. Corporation Website: Careers Section
Figure out what industry you want to work in as well at which ones you'll be most competitive in. Research the top 50 companies in those industries and bookmark their "careers" sections. Check those sections frequently for job opportunities and apply immediately. Use social media to network with recruiters at those corporations. Some social media channels that recruiters use often are Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Join them as fans and followers and send private messages and leave comments to introduce yourself.
Many job boards research Craigslist.com for potential jobs to list on their websites, but they take the time to weed out the scams. If you use Craigslist, you'll have to understand what typical job scams look like, and stay away from those. The purpose of the scam is to get you to submit your resume so that you'll be the victim of identity theft. Another scam is to collect your email address in order to spam you. Don't submit your resume to an ad, unless the company's URL is included and you can verify that they do have a job opening from their website.
Freelance jobs are competitive, but telecommuter jobs are even more competitive. Don't be afraid to be proactive in order to stand apart from the competition, such as making phone calls to follow up with your application and networking using social media.
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.