With the many job searching platforms out there, what is really the best place to find your next job online?
Some might say one thing and others will recommend something else and it will have you more confused than ever.
Many of you have heard about FlexJobs, but maybe you're not quite sure if this is a really good fit for you and your work-at-home job search, and that's something I'm going to be going over with you today.
We're going to be talking about a couple of really neat features that are available within the FlexJobs platform that is going to allow you to really narrow down your search, and focus on those jobs that are really a good fit for you, and your scheduling.
Advanced Job Search
One of my favorite things about the FlexJobs membership is the advanced job search. Now if you have been looking for work from home for awhile, you are probably familiar with job boards like Indeed, maybe you've been looking on Monster or CareerBuilder.
One thing that you have likely come across is that you are just inundated with a lot of jobs that at the end of the day, they're not a good fit for you.
Maybe they aren't telecommuting at all in the first place, maybe there are some other disqualifiers in there that are making them just a waste of your time to be having to dig through those jobs. So that is where the advanced job search really comes in handy.
Now when it comes to the job types, this is something that I really appreciate, I prefer more of the freelance positions than an actual employee.
I like having the freedom of making my own schedule and doing my own thing, but there are a lot of you out there who want those employee positions that are going to be taking out your taxes, that is maybe going to be supplying you with some benefits, whether that's health care or paid time off.
Another one that's going to come in handy for a lot of you is the work schedule.
On Flexjobs you can choose from full-time, part-time, flexible schedules, or even something that's seasonal or short-term.
Now here is where we really start noticing some big results when it comes to filtering, and that's under categories.
Some of you are looking for a specific type of work, maybe you have an accounting degree, maybe you don't have an accounting degree but you really enjoy bookkeeping, maybe you want to focus on those virtual assistant positions.
Those are all things that you can narrow down in the categories.
Now the telecommuting level option here is really going to come in handy for a lot of you.
If you have been digging into job boards like Indeed for any period of time, you may have noticed that sometimes when you ask for work-at-home jobs, you get a lot of things that really aren't work-from-home.
Maybe you used the keyword work-from-home, but what the job description really says is this is not a work-from-home position.
So you're going to be wasting time digging through those type of results when in FlexJobs, they actually go through everything for you, they make sure it's not a scam, they make sure that it does have some kind of flexible potential, and then they do categorize everything.
And one of the options here is going to be 100% telecommuting. That means you are not going to be working outside of your home at all, and that's what a lot of you are going to be focusing on, so I really want you to make sure that you're clicking on that one.
Career Level Jobs
Now for career level, there are some of you out there that have a professional degree and some professional experience, and there are also some of you out there that are just looking for entry level work.
Maybe you don't have a lot of experience, or maybe you just want something to move into a different field working from home, maybe you feel that you don't have prior experience in.
Also, you will have the option to choose whether you want to travel or you're going to be able to choose from FlexJobs preferred employers.
These are people that they work with, or have vetted personally, that they have a good connection with, and they know are good work opportunities.
And then when we get that, click the search for jobs, we're going to be returned to a number of listings.
It's going to tell us the position, who it's for, when it was posted, and we'll be able to click on each of these and get down into a full description, you know, how do we apply, what exactly are they looking for, what are they paying, this is all going to be listed out for us.
And that is why this is really something that I love about FlexJobs, is it allows you to stop wasting so much time.
How Does it Work
You are going to have the opportunity to upload your resume to this site.
Now, where this comes in handy is FlexJobs does work with a lot of telecommuting employers, these are called their featured employers.
Those featured employers are going to be able to view the resumes within a FlexJobs platform and contact those people directly if they so choose.
You'll also have the opportunity to take some skills tests, if there are some things that you don't know maybe if you have your skills up to par at this point, so you want to know if you should take some further training, or maybe this is something that you are really skilled in, and you'd like it displayed on your FlexJobs profile, you can go ahead and do that.
Most of these are 40 questions and take about 40 minutes to complete, outside of the FlexJobs membership, they usually cost $14.99 each to take these skills tests, but you can take them free with your FlexJobs membership.
And as I said, the advanced job search is definitely my favorite feature of this. You can go ahead after you have searched for these jobs, you can save this search, and then FlexJobs will email you as new jobs become available.
And if you are a person that lives in one of those states that are sometimes hard to find work-at-home, like California, you can use the jobs by location map.
And that will allow you to narrow down jobs that are just open to those in your state if that's something that's an issue. You can also use it if you are looking for some international opportunities as well.