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How to Find a Work-from-Home Job

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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Has the COVID-19 pandemic sparked your interest in locating a permanent work-from-home (WFH) job? The tips and resources listed below will help you do just that! Keep reading to discover Knowledge to Work’s responses to popular remote job searching questions.

What Kind of Work Can I Do from Home?

Certain career fields are better suited for working remotely than others. As we learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, some work can be completed by teleworking in most jobs, but if your goal is to find permanently remote work, you may want to focus on specific industries that can work from home easily. Here are some of the best jobs for remote work:

What Remote Worker Job Searching Tips Do I Need?

Although working remotely is becoming more common, especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are certain skills you’ll want to showcase to potential employers to show them you would make a great teleworking employee. You’ll want to:

  • Show you’re a self-starter – Remote workers need initiative and self-motivation to complete their work to acceptable standards and by set deadlines.
  • Demonstrate your organization – Working remotely can come with unique challenges, and staying organized is among them. Show employers that you can keep your work organized by promptly replying to communications with potential employers, having commonly requested documents ready in case they’re asked for (reference list, recommendation letters, etc.), and displaying a tidy background in video interviews.
  • Show you’re a good communicator – Being physically distanced from your supervisor and coworkers can create many obstacles to effective communication. Be sure you’re following grammar rules, your communication is clear and direct, and you’re concise in all communications. Clarity is especially important in remote communications.
  • Show you don’t need close supervision – Employees who benefit from close supervision or teamwork may not work their best in remote environments. If you’re set on working from home, it’s important to show employers through examples of past work experiences that you take initiative in your work and can complete assignments without close management from your supervisors.
  • Highlight any previous work-from-home experiences – If you’ve telecommuted in the past, relating these experiences to employers can prove to them you’re up for the challenge.
  • Display your ability to meet deadlines – Your ability to independently manage your time and assigned projects to complete your work by established deadlines will be of utmost importance to potential employers. They’ll need to know they can trust you to manage these assignments on your own, or with collaboration, in a way that allows you to finish your projects on time. Providing previous examples of meeting or surpassing work deadlines on independent projects can help showcase this skill.
  • Have a reliable home office setup – Having dependable internet access at appropriate speeds to complete your work, an up-to-date and reliable desktop or laptop computer, a working phone, and an up-to-date operating system and common software applications may all be a requirement of work-from-home opportunities. Any other industry-specific hardware or software may also be on you to provide. Some employers may provide hardware, software, or even stipends for internet or phone access for remote workers but many won’t. Ensuring you have the basics already set up can help assure potential employers you’re ready to be a remote worker.
  • Brush up on online job interview skills – While job interview skills generally are important, there are certain tips you’ll want to be aware of when interviewing via phone or videoconference. See these free learning resources for help:
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What is the Best Way to Find Work from Home Jobs?

You can locate telework jobs in a variety of ways. The best way to land a new position, whether remote or not, is by utilizing your network. You’ll also want to make yourself aware of any companies in your industry that operate entirely remotely. You’ll know that any openings at these companies could be a good opportunity for you. You also want to pay attention to startups. New companies more commonly offer flexible work arrangements.

In addition to the tips above, utilize job searching sites that only list remote work opportunities or that offer filtering options to view only telecommute jobs that match your search results. A few websites that may be helpful are listed below:

  • FlexjobsFlexjobs’ advanced job search tool allows you to search for jobs in your industry that offer no, partial, or 100% remote work jobs.
  • Indeed.com – To find work-from-home jobs on Indeed.com, simply enter “Remote” into the location search bar.
  • Remotive – Remotive is a job board website focused on remote job opportunities.
  • Remote.co – Remote.co features telework job opportunities as well as information about working remotely.
  • We Work Remotely – We Work Remotely is another job searching website dedicated to remote work opportunities.
  • Virtual Vocations – Virtual Vocations is a website that can help you locate partially remote or fully remote job openings.
  • Working Nomads – Another website focused on telework opportunities, Working Nomads helps digital nomads locate remote work positions.
  • Amazon Work from Home Jobs – Amazon’s remote job board, where you can find work from home jobs at Amazon.

How Knowledge to Work Can Help You Find a Job to Work from Home

If you’re looking to enter a new career field, improve your job searching skills, enhance your soft skills, learn a new technology, or otherwise improve yourself as a job candidate for online jobs, KnowledgeToWork.com can help with its many free tools. By signing up for a free account, you can create a personalized learning plan based on your educational and career goals. Because Knowledge to Work focuses on work-based learning, adding your goals to your learning plan also adds a list of the skills you will need to know to enter that career field. These skills are defined by real employers, so you’ll know you’re spending your time wisely. Each skill connects you to learning resources you can use to learn that skill, and once you’re ready to apply for jobs, KnowledgeToWork.com can connect you to employers as well. You can also locate services to help you with the job hunting process. Sign up for an account to access all these benefits and more!

 

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