If you've spent any
time searching online for a home based job, you already know
that the 'net is filled with scams. When you do find a site
that lists legitimate work-at-home jobs, you'll see that these
jobs listings typically have several things in common:
- They're often hiring
workers who already have the skills necessary to do the
- They're looking
for experienced workers with proven track records.
- Most of them state
that although the position is a telecommuting position,
the worker must live in the same area as the company itself.
- Many require the
worker to periodically work in the office, with telecommuting
being an option.
'So what?', you ask...
Thinking this over, you'll see that this makes sense. If the
company is offering a telecommuting position, then naturally
they would want someone who already have the skills -- training
is much more difficult to do when you're at home!
Secondly... the company
wants experienced workers with proven track records. Again,
this makes sense. With a telecommuting position it's not quite
as easy to 'check up' on a worker than if he or she was physically
on location. Plus the employer may not even want to check
up on the worker; he's likely looking for someone reliable
and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
And finally, many employers
still prefer that the worker lives in the same area as the
company. This way if there's a reason why the employer needs
the worker to come into the office, it's no problem. Telecommuting
is a benefit, not a right.
So what can you do
to better your chances of getting a telecommuting position?
- BE FLEXIBLE.
positions are offered to current employees who have proven
themselves to the employer. Are you willing to start off
in the office, and negotiate telecommuting days later?
Would you be willing to check in with the office regularly?
Can you handle the possibility of fewer or no health care
benefits in exchange for working at home?
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