How to Succeed in Your Telecommuting Job Search in 2010

Yahoo does a really great Annual Survey of Job Satisfaction that came out recently.  They asked over 2100 individuals about the job market as it relates to job seeker habits and the future of careers, and they uncovered some surprising results! As the job market continues to recover from the economic challenges we have all faced in 2009, those who were able to hang onto their jobs are still on-the-fence about company loyalty. Instead of resorting to a “desperation” mentality, many workers still look to the future for better opportunities and as many as one in four Americans currently employed plan to continue searching for better assignments in their chosen occupations. That leads to the question as to how people are searching for work in general, and for us, telecommuting opportunities in particular.

Here are some interesting but not-so-inspirational results of the survey:

  • Job seekers in general are willing to take jobs beneath their abilities if it means being able to support their families.
  • Nearly 40% of all polled said it is taking an average of six months to find a good job.
  • More than two-thirds of respondents said they feel that the economy will stay the same or get worse.
  • The least satisfied of workers are those that have recently been hired on in new jobs and are still looking for something better.
  • Over half of the currently employed stated they plan to stay in their current jobs this year as compared to 2008 figures.

(Adapted from the Yahoo Hot Jobs Annual Survey of Job Satisfaction, January 6, 2010)

What does this mean if you're looking for a job in 2010?

So, what can you do if you find yourself within those statistics or you are looking for something better for 2010? There are many ways to look for and land a better job for this year. Including taking the time to browse through the many hand-screened and fresh part time, full time, freelance and contract telecommuting jobs we have posted here at FlexJobs, there are additional ways to improve your success rate while searching for a career opportunity. Here are some things to try:

1. Take time daily to search for jobs. Set aside at least an hour each day to review our up-to-date job postings. Consider reading your local newspapers, check out online resources and visit community networks for job leads and advice.

2. Consider other job fields, occupations, and situations (such as working from home) that interest you. There’s a good chance many of the job skills you have currently can transfer to another occupation. Do a search by the skills you have and see what comes up as far as possible avenues for your future career path.  Also, if you haven't already, think about your job and what parts of it could be found in a telecommuting role.  Telecommuting jobs remove geographical restrictions and therefore can open up a new job market for you.

3. Create a professional resume and use individualized cover letters when sending job inquiries. This will greatly increase your chances of getting noticed by the right company and makes you stand out from other candidates.

4. Utilize social networks in your job search. There are many human resources professionals and recruiters combing through social media networks like Facebook, Linked In and Myspace searching for potential candidates for job openings. Not enough people are taking advantage of this excellent resource.

5. Keep a positive attitude. Get the support you need from friends and family and be good to yourself. This will keep you going each day as you commit to finding that next great career opportunity!

So go get 'em!  Just do it in a diligent, professional, well-networked, positive, and copyedited way. 




Tess C Taylor

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