How to Find Companies That Are Hiring Work-From-Home Employees
As COVID-19 spreads across the country and many businesses have had to close their office doors, an unprecedented number of Americans are now working from home or looking for work-from-home jobs. To help us navigate the process of searching for a work-from-home position, we sought advice from the pros at FlexJobs, a job search site focused on WFH and flexible jobs. Here, Brie Weiler Reynolds, the company's career development manager and coach, shares her top remote job search tips.
As the economy shifts as a response to the coronavirus crisis, simply finding companies that are hiring is the first challenge. One pro tip: check out companies that are already known for hiring remote workers. To start, here are the top 10 companies with remote jobs in 2020, based on how many remote job listings they posted in 2019. And one bit of good news: Williams-Sonoma made the list! Check out the complete list of companies here.
1 Look for remote-friendly companies.
"Target companies that have longer track records of working remotely," Weiler Reynolds says. "They've got the infrastructure and experience to continue hiring in uncertain times." While many companies are now scrambling to adapt to a work-from-home structure, other companies have been working remotely for years and have established systems in place.
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2 Search in the right fields.
Besides specific companies, some lines of work offer more work-from-home jobs than others. "Focus on the career fields that have the most remote jobs, including Medical and Health, Computer and IT, Customer Service, Education and Training, and Accounting and Finance," Weiler Reynolds says.
3 Avoid the scams.
"In searching for remote jobs online, you’re going to find a lot of scams," Weiler Reynolds warns. To sidestep the scams, avoid using the keyword "work from home," which scammers often use, and instead try: "telecommute job," "remote job," "distributed team," and "virtual job."
4 Don't get discouraged.
"Understand that many companies are slowing hiring as they regroup and move their operations to remote work." This shift will take some time, so keep up the search as companies gradually transition to remote work.
5 Tailor your resume and cover letter.
Because there is an increased demand for work-from-home jobs right now, you'll want to step up your resume and cover letter. Weiler Reynolds suggests adding remote job-friendly skills to your resume. Think: "independent worker," "troubleshooting abilities," and "proactivity with questions and ideas."
If you have previous remote work experience, whether full-time, part-time, or even volunteer, make sure your resume and cover letter reflect that work. Also update your resume with all of the remote-specific technology you're familiar with, such as Slack, Dropbox, and Zoom.