Telecommuting Ranks High on Job Seekers’ Lists

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Finding employment is tough, especially if a person lacks a formal education or has minimal experience. But, finding home-based employment, even without these background deficits, can be fruitless at best; financially and emotionally draining at worst.

Finding employment is tough, especially if a person lacks a formal education or has minimal experience. But, finding home-based employment, even without these background deficits, can be fruitless at best; financially and emotionally draining at worst.

To learn what it’s like trying to land a telecommuting job, Telework Recruiting, Inc., a membership-based job service, surveyed people who frequent E-mail groups that focus on telecommuting. Just how important is the option to telecommute to job seekers? On a scale of one to ten (one being the lowest), almost every one said “ten”. Having their independence, spending more time with their families, and having a personal life, they said, is more valuable than any other benefit a company could give.

In fact, further research discovered by Telework Recruiting, Inc. found that the option to telecommute ranks as high as or even higher than health benefits! (http://www.telcoa.org)

According to survey results, the average length of time it takes to find a position that allows telecommuting is two years. For people wanting to start out with a new company as a teleworker, it could take even longer. The number one reason, respondents said, is that their search usually leads them to companies offering bogus job opportunities and scams, such as envelope-stuffing or ad-placing schemes.

Telework Recruiting, Inc.’s Founder and CEO, Pamela La Gioia, has met or spoken with hundreds of people who were struggling to find work. “Surprisingly”, she said, “they were not mostly women wanting to stay home with their babies. They were men, tired of their commutes, wanting to be independent, and feeling the need to have more family time.”

Are employers getting the message? They are. Slowly. Fortunately, after a lot of digging, Telework Recruiting, Inc. has uncovered almost 1,500 companies throughout the U.S. that hire remote or home-based workers. This is good news for job seekers. Finally, in one place, they can find career opportunities they need without the emotional or financial risk they previously faced. Finally, they can keep their priorities straight.

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