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Over the summer a good friend of mine asked me if I knew of any work that she could find online and do at home. She’d been looking herself but everything she found seemed like a scam. Most of them required some kind of up-front “investment” or promised way too much money to be legit. Unfortunately I couldn’t help her. But then, a couple weeks later, an email landed in my inbox from FlexJobs.com. Fate?
FlexJobs was started by Sara Sutton Fell four years ago, when she was pregnant with her first child. She was trying to find flexible work online and instead found the usual: scams, spam, ads, and multiple postings for the same jobs. So, she decided to start a jobs site that would be different. Every single listing on the site has been vetted by her staff (who all work flexibly from home, by the way!). They research the company, write their own summary, and make sure to give you the most direct way to apply. You can see some of their profiles here.
There are thousands of jobs listed in over fifty categories, everything from fashion and beauty jobs to data entry to legal. There are entry-level positions for those just starting out in a field, to executive positions, and everything in between. When I cruised around the site out there was a listing for a visual stylist at Nordstrom, a kids’ clothing designer for a small clothing boutique, copywriters, graphic designers…the list goes on and on. There are thousands of quality listings, with part time, telecommuting, freelancing, and flexible hours all very well represented.
FlexJobs has gotten tons of great press, and I’m happy to add to it. I’m also thrilled that I now have a trusted place to send friends looking for work.
You do have to pay to access the job listings, but the rates are extremely affordable. In fact, a year of access works out to just a little more than $4 per month (there are shorter subscriptions as well). Besides, when you don’t have to spend hours and hours weeding through bad leads, you’ll be able to find a job and start making money quicker!
But just to prove how worth it they think you’ll find their site, FlexJobs will give you a refund if you’re not satisfied. And if you need help with something, you will get to talk to an actual rep from their company. Plus, you can buy gift certificates to FlexJobs! Not only would this make a great gift for someone out of work, but would also be super useful for freelancers who frequently look for work.
My favorite feature of the site is the job skills section. You can take as many tests as you like (all included in the membership fee!) and the results appear on your profile for potential employers to see. Have awesome web design skills? Prove it and let companies see. Have experience in office or management skills? Take a test and show it off. Target your skills to employers and increase your chances of getting hired! You can also upload your resume and examples of your work.
There’s also a jobs checklist section with tips for marketing yourself, including tons of resume and interview advice. They’ve really covered all the bases to get you working again. So, if you need a job, or know somebody who does, please check FlexJobs out. And if you have a success story with the site I’d love to hear about it!
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