New Work as Therapy

Recovery from trauma often hits a point where we want to create healthy life routines to support recovering, and that can mean looking for work that better accommodates personal needs.

It may be a diagnosis we’re integrating into a whole life, or may be a new-found understanding about our own personal boundaries. We may just be looking for some extra cash for a trip or … food. As any survivor knows, the experience of surviving makes financial stability a real challenge.

There’s some good news. As the economy shifts digital, and as the culture is shifting toward more humanistic employee settings, there are more ways to work well and remain well than ever before.

Personal Choice

I tapped the digital economy for my own mental health, about 25 years ago, moving from a killer corporate executive career track to self-employment. That had its own stress, but it was not re-wounding in ways I found corporate work to be. Sure, I could have powered through and survived. Some people do. For me, I hit a wall and needed a change to a kinder and more self-initiated fate.

Flexible Work

Sometimes all we need is a new job. Other times we need new flexibility at work. For this, FlexJobs got its own feature recently because of its focus on flexible work options in all sorts of industries. This article looks beyond the pick of the editors, at the other top search services to give you some ideas.

These are my personal assessments from use as a freelancer and a job-poster. Aside from the basic facts shared, that’s about as scientific as it gets. Personal experience.


FlexJobs was covered separately because of the wealth of information that might prove useful to anyone seeking work with flexibility and optional situations, but it costs. An alternative site for flexible jobs is, which is free but also has fewer job postings.


Indeed is the most widely used job website, with 250 million monthly users and 10 new job listings added every second. Its sheer size makes it the leader in providing job options. For free, you can search for jobs in every industry, in any place, and of every type, including hourly work and internships. Indeed also offers you the greatest number of ways to search its massive library of active job listings. The upside is the downside here. Indeed can be overwhelming, too.

Unlike many job websites, you don’t have to create an account, but by creating an account you get some good benefits, such as uploading your resume for employers who are searching for new hires, receiving alerts when new jobs are posted that fit criteria you define. Indeed has a top-line salary comparison tool as well as company reviews. It’s really a great spot for a serious, careerist job search. For a part-time or flex-time job, it is up to the user to search and to confirm whether


Monster is very similar to Indeed. It has high-quality jobs posted by leading companies. Often companies list on both Indeed and Monster. It’s very easy to use with similar features like being free and offering salary comparisons. You can find remote and flexible jobs here, but I found that the search that led me to them didn’t always match the actual job, and I missed the FlexJobs pre-vetting. Compared to Indeed, there are few jobs, but that’s still a lot of jobs, and not all jobs on Indeed are on Monster, or vice versa. Monster has most of the functions and features of Indeed, but the look and feel of the search fields and options are quite different. Whether you use one or the other (or both) may come down to personal taste.

The Ladders

The Ladders claims to be “the home of $100K careers,” and it may be. It claims to vet job postings like FlexJobs and offer no job posting a salary below $100,000 annually. It includes networking chat rooms. Job postings skew toward the tech and other highly competitive growth sectors. Some postings are accessible for free, but subscriptions run between $29.99 (one month) and roughly $108.00 (one year). With subscriptions, you get special job-resume matchmaking and even information about other candidates. The Ladders is about as close as anyone will get to a digitized headhunter before Artificial Intelligence is deployed.


Snagajob is a free service that connects hourly employees to local and remote positions. It’s huge, with over 100 million registered job seekers and 700,000 employers. Employers are mostly posting all kinds of jobs in healthcare, customer service, hospitality, retail sales, security, and food delivery. Snagajob is similar to Upwork and Fiverr (to be covered in a later article here), but it is unique in listing local jobs in a vetted setting. This service might be perfect if you’re looking for a job around the corner or in a business neighborhood.


Glassdoor has one million employers in its database and offers 60 million reviews and insights. It also offers 10 million job listings. The site is free for job seekers and has fabulous salary information, useful even if you are seeking work through other sites. What’s really different from all other job websites is how you search for a job on Glassdoor, where you search by company and then, within company, by job. Some people I know have chosen the company they wanted to work for, and then kept watching for jobs to open up. Usually, they were working from an article or list of family- or disability-friendly companies they had found.

Media Bistro

Many niche job websites exist for all sorts of special skills; e.g., sales, tech, food prep, graphic design, even college grads. One that’s fun for writers and editors is Media Bistro, which features jobs requiring skills found in publishing and media. You may see companies that have nothing to do with publishing, but the jobs they need fill are skills-matched and include many freelance positions. It is not as full of remote positions as one would think, but remote jobs do have a search category all their own and are growing in number.

Media Bistro specializes in salaried and freelance jobs (full- and part-time) in media, marketing, advertising, publishing and more. It has much more information for freelancers than the other sites listed here, including courses, access to industry leaders, resume and social media services, resources to help people improve their pitches for work. Their subscription rate runs at $14.99 a month, or $118 per year (which works out to $9.99 a month). Many subscribers are freelance, so they return multiple times a year. However, once a subscriber finds a couple steady clients for freelance work, the typical next step is to stick with them multiple years.


LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking platform, and it is, with over 690 million registered users from around the world and across all industries. It’s a great place for staying in touch or reconnecting with former colleagues. It’s perfect for professional networking, and part of networking is finding out about jobs and hunting for new hires and talent. Simply by adding one or two recruiters to your network, you can bring yourself to the attention of headhunters without much effort. Your profile really is a digital and public resume, and even when applying through other job sites using their application function it’s good to assume employers will check your LinkedIn profile.


Most job websites are free for job seekers, but some offer enhanced options for a subscription fee. A few require subscriptions for any access. Some link you to consultants who charge fees for resume reviews, resume writing/formatting, and even coaching. LinkedIn charges fees for identifying who is reviewing your resume and even for optimizing your profile in recruiter searches. Subscriptions range from $6.99 through $110, from one-day access to an annual fee. What I noticed is that many jobs websites have reduced fees during the pandemic. For survivors working with victim assistance programs, there may be resources to pay for six to twelve months of job website subscriptions to support vocational changes.


Job hunting is full of scams, not just remote job hunting. It’s important to create a practice of your own security checking, or this might be a kindness your support buddy does for you. There are ample “to do” lists out there, but the best list of Do’s and Don’ts in Online Job Searches I found was on Indeed. Here’s the link for you. Please review it.

Word to the Wise

It’s good to work with one or more trusted buddies for many reasons. One is to help work off – or talk off – the anxiety of looking at the job market at all. Another reason is to be sure, stuck inside during the pandemic, you don’t fall down a rabbit hole of focused job-seeking and lose perspective. As with everything in recovery, good and healthy connections are a sign we are still on track. So, don’t push yourself to the point of undermining the recovery you’re trying to foster!

Good Luck

Good Luck finding that little extra stream of income or a whole new work situation really suited to your needs. Have questions or requests? Please feel free to contact Teresa at spiritfirelive at gmail.

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