So it happened again. I had a conversation with one of the people who crafts my delicious nectar of the gods each morning and we got on the subject of jobs. She’s a registered nurse but works as a barista here in England. Now I’ll be the first person to tell you I fully believe you have to do what you have to do to support your family, but it is disheartening to see what living overseas can do to the careers of educated and experienced spouses.
In this post I’m going to share a couple of things:
- The different types of remote work out there.
- Legitimate places that you can search for jobs.
Types of Work:
Working remotely means that you can work from anywhere. In most cases these types of positions only require consistent internet access and provide you with the freedom to work at your own pace. You can work directly for one company or you could do freelance work that lets you have multiple “bosses” or clients depending on your services or the type of job you want to perform. These are the types of positions that I’m working hard at finding because they are the most portable and fit in the best with a military family life.
Telecommuting is different from working remotely. Telecommuting is becoming a popular option for a lot of companies around the world. It provides workers with this option of working from home either full-time or part-time. It typically does mean that you need to be in the general vicinity of the company you work for and that you are readily available for face-to-face meetings, training, etc. Although these positions are great for people with longer commutes or that live in high population or high cost of living areas. They are more commonly offered in those types of locations as well. The portability of these positions (or move to 100% telecommute) is dependent on the employer.
Work from Home:
Although both the remote and telecommuting positions are “work from home”, these types of positions are typically held by small business owners or independent contractors. Work from home could include in home realtor businesses, a childcare provider, or working for any of the direct sales companies such as Pampered Chef or Scentsy.
Where do you find legitimate remote or virtual job opportunities???
Virtual or Remote Job Search Companies:
(Hint: Click on the company name to open their website in a new page!)
This is a job board site that features tons of great virtual positions in fields such as accounting, creative, engineering, financial, healthcare, IT, legal, and teaching. You can apply for a free account or you can pay $15.99/mo (also have 3 and 6 month plans) for access to more jobs and site features. I’m not always a fan of paid job search sites, but if you can sign up free at first and end up liking the company and its services then I feel it’s worth it.
This site has a very basic set-up that lets you see the most recent available jobs, search by job type, or ask for specific jobs to be sent to your email. These are remote positions that do not require you to work in a specific geographical area.
This is a great place to find information about the world of remote jobs and the people in it. There are a decent amount of jobs posted in a large variety of industries. Not all of these positions are virtual so read the job descriptions.
This is a combination of a weekly newsletter and a job board that features positions in a wide variety of industries. There is a blog as well and future plans for an online community are in the pipeline.
You can search positions on the working nomads website or subscribe to their job alerts.
So far this is the site I’m most impressed with when it comes to remote listings. It’s very organized and offers a lot of information on the remote.co blog as well. Sign up for this one for sure!
This company is primarily directed at virtual assistants that are interested in working part-time (great if you need flexibility!) and also for those looking to write. You will need to sign-up as a freelancer.
Flexjobs is another paid job search site BUT I have had an account with them a few years ago and loved the amount of positions available. They are extremely knowledgeable about remote work and make sure that the companies they have listed are legit and not scammy. It’s $14.95 per month, but again in my opinion it’s worth it since they weed out the scams.
Phew! That took a fair bit of finger-walking on the keyboard to get all of that information to you.
In a previous post I discussed some of the types of jobs available for remote work. Most of what I’m looking for is going to be perfect for remote spouses with an education or experience in a field. I’m trying to help spouses find truly portable positions that help them to minimize gaps in their resumes. You might be able to find entry-level positions at some of these sites, but for the most part, education or experience will be needed.
Up next…Where can you gain skills needed for virtual jobs? Some spouses with specific careers may not have the necessary skills to work in a lot of virtual positions. My next post will point you in the direction of skill-building tools that are either free or extremely low-cost and that help you fill in the skills section on your resume.
The Remote Spouse
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