FlexJob Smarts

Flexjobs started as a small job posting site and has grown into the largest employment site for finding flexible, remote, freelance, and full- or part-time jobs that offer flexibility to the person hired.

Flexjobs was created in 2007 by Sara Sutton after she started her family and, seeking at-home work, kept running into the same old, common ads, scams, and inefficiencies on other job-hunting sites when it came to finding flexible employment. She created a jobs board. With the economy shifting online, her jobs board exploded in popularity. Flexjobs was created.

Just Like You

In other words, the founder went through what anyone (like you) faces right now when hunting for work options that are flexible enough to accommodate health care appointments, waves of productivity, and other issues related to a recovery process and/or mental or physical illness.

And, check out the explosion in the size of the site. This indicates what we all see catalyzed by the pandemic — an economy shifting online. It was already happening. Now, there are many more options for online work from home and a way to find them. There’s also a growing employer and colleague base to welcome anyone with special needs.

How to Proceed?

A great way to proceed on any life change is … not alone! You can find or create a group of people on the hunt or find the help of a friend, fellow survivor, supportive family member, counselor or career coach. It is more possible than ever to recreate your work circumstance to support your well life in recovery.

But, to start, learn more alone or with your buddies. Flexjobs is one of the leading resources you’ll want to know about below about.

Credible & Diversified

Flexjobs is more than a job posting board. Because over the past decade even employers were not aware of how jobs they posted could be filled by distant talent, Flexjobs did a lot of vetting. It showed employers how to post and even imagine jobs – and it also vetted real job opportunities from the “get rich by copying what I did on YouTube” scams. It is a market leader in the area of the digital economy.

Confirming that? Flexjobs has tons of accolades. U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, CNN, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Good Morning America have featured its work in glowing terms; their reviews along with other great press from credible sources can be found here.

As of this writing, there are over 25 thousand jobs listed with over five thousand companies, including many Fortune 500s and offering jobs all over the continental United States and other parts of the world. Jobs are for English-speakers but also may seek those who also speak many other different languages.

What I, as a survivor, found reassuring is that Flexjobs is an involved party in the process of posting and hiring. It vets the job quality and the bona fides of the company. This made replying to any employer, who is out of town and is a small lesser-known business, secure for my peace of mind.

Quantity & Quality

Flexjobs is both a human-resource tool for employers and an internet aggregator. What does that mean? First, thousands of companies post flexible jobs directly – and they keep coming back posting more jobs, as the press coverage attests. Second, the Flexjobs search engine culls the internet daily to find other job postings on company home sites and in other job sites which suggest elements of flexibility; then the Flexjobs staff investigates and, if the position and business vet well, posts.

Resources for Success

Flexjobs offers even more. It is also a hub of really good tools and information for anyone returning to the workforce or seeking a career shift into a flexible or virtual setting. This applies to retirees, previously unemployed, and everyone else. Flexjob research and articles are top-notch. Their library of resources and support offers skills tests, webinars, job search checklists, and resume tools. For an extra fee which they promote “at a deep discount,” you can hire a Career Coach and/or resume review.

Flexjobs has great tools for searching through the thousands of job opportunities to find jobs that interest you. They also rate your resume by how it matches the job. This doesn’t mean you do not match the job, by the way. It sometimes can mean your current resume and profile read without key words that will appeal to the potential employers.

Flexible also, only with your permission, makes your profile and listing available to employers who are searching the job-seeker database for the right employee. This option is entirely up to you, and it includes a way to hide your identity during the first vetting.

Opportunity to Be Real

Flexible jobs include many options. Full-time and part-time. Remote and from-home only. Home office with territories to serve for a distant head quarters. Quiet at-computer work. Online or phone work. Freelance of on salary. Local jobs with very flexible at-office hours. As long as the job has flexible hours, the job can appear on Flexjobs.

Flexjobs exists because it knows people can do great work without hiding from stigma about life circumstances, including illness or disability. And, based on its success rate for job hunters, employers know this too.

FlexJobs (to quote their website) serves many different interests, e.g.:

  • People interested in working from home or remotely some, or all, of the time.
  • Anyone looking for a career-oriented part-time job (on-site or remote).
  • Freelancers looking for more clients and projects.
  • Parents wanting to be more flexible for their kids and families.
  • Someone looking for a second job or supplemental income that utilizes their skills and education in a professional way.
  • People who live in rural or local areas where they can’t find a job in their career field without having to move.
  • People with physical or health issues wanting/needing to find flexible work or remote jobs to suit their needs.
  • Caretakers of loved ones with health issues, for the same reasons as above.
  • Retirees looking to stay professionally active and to earn some income.
  • Military spouses who need the flexibility to work from anywhere in the world.
  • Competitive athletes wanting a job that will fit around their training and competition schedules.

Subscription

Flexjobs is subscription-based. A subscription buys you:

  • Quite possibly the largest, most comprehensive job board, with over 50 career categories and jobs ranging from entry-level to executive, freelance to full-time.
  • An easy, quick profile process that enables you to be found by hiring employers.
  • Free skills testing to clearly establish and market your skills to employers.
  • Email alerts to you when new jobs are posted.
  • Expert job search tips, resources, and offers at FlexJobs or by e-mail.
  • REALLY GREAT: A personalized portfolio where you can upload resumes and work samples so you make a great impression on employers.

Cost

 1 Week1 Month 3 Months1 Year
Standard Fee$6.95$27.80$83.40$361.40
NOW: Reduced Fee$6.95$14.95$29.95$49.95
Discount 47%65%87%
Flexjobs Subscription Fees as of August 9, 2020

Satisfaction Guarantee

The guarantee is clear and credible, from their website: FlexJobs’ Satisfaction Guarantee states that if you are not satisfied with the quality of our service for any reason, simply cancel your subscription and request a refund (by phone, email, or our Client Service virtual chat) within 30 days of creating or renewing a subscription. We will quickly and promptly process your refund. The bottom line is that we want you to be happy with our service, and we’ll do whatever we can to make that happen.

How Can Catholics Help?

Your diocesan victim assistance program or local parish, in conjunction with a trauma-informed professional, can offer coaching and mentoring for victims of abuse in the process of registering and seeking work suited to their disability – whatever that may be, mental illness or physical disability. You can also provide a program of job mentoring to help at-home parents seeking better employment to support their personal choices in raising a family. Victim assistance could offer a year’s subscription – and mentoring support.

How Can YOU proceed?

I’ve used Flexjobs to find freelance work and to post jobs (in a prior professional life, before Spirit Fire). It’s very good and the job listings really are almost without exception excellent. Their vetting process made me feel secure that I was not being conned or putting myself in harm’s way. Here are some tips for anyone considering their services:

  • Save Money! A lot of the prep work (e.g., resume writing, skills assessment) can be done before you start paying for the subscription. It took me about two months working during free time to get the resume reworked for the employer assessing my potential as a flexible contractor. So, save yourself some money and do some of the work before you start paying. Have reference letters (if any) ready. Don’t pay to wait.
  • Use the Profile! Their profile, with sample work and references, is really great and saves you a lot of time recreating the wheel. Once it’s there, you can apply for jobs much more easily. It’s still good to have your PDF of a resume on hand, because interviewers will ask for them.
  • Learn to Skype! Usually, potential employers will ask for a phone interview first, but inevitably you’ll need to be able to be interviewed by video. Nobody will care about your home deco, but be sure you know how to use Skype (Webinar in YouTube) and Zoom (Webinar in YouTube). (Stick to the free versions, and consider attending a couple other how-to videos to gain more confidence.)
  • Don’t Covet! OK. I got your attention. This final comment is a warning NOT to get discouraged by the numbers of jobs on Flexjobs you are not qualified to do. Remember: there are over 25,000 jobs listed. About half were computer-related until very recently. If you don’t know how to code, I assure you that for every job like that there are, related, jobs needed to write, to do basic accounting and data entry, and to organize. Keep your eyes on the prize.

Personal Note

When I was hiring during my prior professional life, I looked for people who were balancing outside life issues, including at-home parents, adults caring for ill or infirm relatives, people with disabilities and handicaps because they were most motivated to work well, they were often wise beyond their years, and they inspired me. I am not the only person in the world hiring with this in mind. So, don’t assume because you feel “damaged” or feel shame today that the world shares that view. Hang in there. One step at a time.


More job hunting for the trauma-minded coming in future weeks! If you have questions or requests, just let Teresa know at spiritfirelive at gmail dot com.

Special invitation: If your diocese might be interested in developing such a jobs support program, contact me, also. We’re working on one at Spirit Fire and would love partners.

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