Working from home is not all cozy slippers and jammies. It takes discipline, focus and organization — and it also helps to learn these tips about how to find the best telecommuting jobs in Seattle.
For those toiling in cubicle farms and dreaming of what it would be like to work from home, wearing their jammies in their own quiet dens, the idea of a working for a company that allows telecommuting may seem like a worker’s paradise.
I’ve had several full-time jobs that allowed me to work from home, and a lot of the perks are great, such as the 1-minute “commute” from bedroom to kitchen coffee-maker to laptop. But the arrangement does have its drawbacks, such as lack of human contact, equipment hiccups (that must be handled by you), and hundreds of home-comfort distractions. It’s easy to get stir-crazy if you never leave your house.
Brie Reynolds, director of online content for FlexJobs, a job service that specializes in telecommuting, says it takes a certain type of discipline to remain organized, focused and engaged while working from home. “The very best telecommuters will reach out to co-workers and managers regularly to check in, keep them posted about their current projects and accomplishments,” she says. “They’ll also ask lots of good questions to make sure they understand.”
Fortunately, we live in one of the more telecommuting-friendly states. Across Washington, 5.3 percent of professionals work from home full-time, while the national average is 4.3 percent, Reynolds said. According the Reynolds, some Seattle-area companies that are hiring for telecommuting jobs now include the local office of Apple (at-home team manager), Salesforce (senior iOS developer), Real Staffing (senior medical writer) and “virtual academy” K12 (a high school criminal justice teacher).
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If telecommuting sounds right for you, Reynolds recommends making the following actions a major part of your job-search routine.
Speak the language: Start using remote-related keywords in your job search, like telecommuting, remote job, virtual job, home office and distributed team to narrow your search. “But steer clear of ‘work from home’ which is actually a phrase commonly used by scammers,” she cautioned.
Know where to look: The most common career fields for remote jobs include medical and healthcare, computer and IT, administrative, sales, customer service, marketing, writing, and accounting and finance. Common job titles to be on the lookout for include consultant, customer service representative, account executive, case manager, writer, graphic designer, business development director, marketing manager, systems analyst, software developer, and faculty/teacher.
Utilize your network: “Once you start asking, you’ll be surprised to see how many people you already know are telecommuting at least part of the time,” Reynolds said. Find out who’s already working from home, how they got there and what their tips are for you to find the same work arrangement.