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The 12 Fastest-Growing Flexible Jobs For 2020: FlexJobs

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 2, 2019 by itnerd

With unemployment currently at 3.6 percent, near a half-century low, job seekers are strongly positioned for successful job searches as 2020 approaches. By comparing the most recent data on the fastest-growing occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to the jobs in its own database, FlexJobs has determined which 12 fast-growing occupations also come with flexible work options, such as a remote arrangement, a flexible or part-time schedule, or freelance work.

Ordered from highest growth to lowest, occupations with the highest percent change of employment between 2018-28 that also offer flexible work options are listed below. Each occupation is projected to grow at least 23%. The 2018 median salary information is also included.

  1. Home health aides 37% growth ($24,200)
    2.  Information security analysts 32% growth ($98,350)
    3.  Physician assistants 31% growth ($108,610)
    4.  Statisticians 31% growth ($87,780)
    5.  Nurse practitioners 28% growth ($107,030)
    6.  Speech language pathologists 27% growth ($77,510)
    7.  Genetic counselors 27% growth ($80,370)
    8.  Mathematicians 26% ($101,900)
    9.  Operations research analysts 26% growth ($83,390)
    10. Software developers, applications 26% growth ($103,620)
    11. Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 23% growth ($97,370)
    12. Medical assistants 23% growth ($33,610)

To help flexible job seekers in their 2020 job search, FlexJobs has also compiled three main strategies to follow in the pursuit of a more flexible work arrangement.

  1. Educate themselves on flexible work options: People don’t realize just how many flexible work options are available across industries and career levels, or how many flexible and remote jobs are currently offered by employers.
  2. Identify their preferred type(s) of flexible work options: 
    – Remote jobs (work from home either some or all of the time)
    – Flexible schedule jobs (some control over your daily schedule)
    – Part-time jobs (career-level, professional jobs that offer part-time hours)
    – Freelance jobs (project-based and consulting-type jobs where you are self-employed and work with one or more clients at a time)
  3. Refine flexible work application materials: FlexJobs recommends key tactics for writing resumes and cover letters when applying for flexible jobs. Resources include:
    – FlexJobs’ downloadable guide, “How to Find a Job and Start Working from Home” with specific tips and examples for resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and more.
    – The resume and cover letter sections of the FlexJobs blog, with hundreds of articles offering tips and tricks for every type of flexible job application.
    Remote.co’s “Hiring Remotely” section details how 140+ companies hire remote workers-

For more information please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/fastest-growing-flexible-jobs-v2/

FlexJobs Identifies the Top 40 Companies to Watch for Flexible Jobs in 2020

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 13, 2019 by itnerd

To help job seekers interested in finding flexible jobs, today FlexJobs named the Top 40 Companies to Watch for Flexible Jobs in 2020. This list is based on an analysis of over 52,000 companies and looks specifically at their flexible job posting histories in the FlexJobs’ database between January 1, 2019, and October 31, 2019.  Given the consistent, high volume flexible job hiring practices by these companies in 2019, FlexJobs believes these companies are likely to be strong recruiters for flexible job positions in 2020 as well.

Computer & IT, sales, medical & health, education,  marketing, and finance are among the top career fields for flexible jobs.  A “flexible job” is defined as any professional-level job that offers flexibility in terms of when, where, and how work gets done. Examples include:

  • Remote jobs (a.k.a. telecommute or work-from-home) that are full-time and part-time
  • Freelance (contract) jobs
  • Jobs with flexible schedules or alternative work hours

Below are the top 10 companies with the highest number of flexible job listings in the FlexJobs database between January 1, 2019, and October 31, 2019.

For the entire list of top 40 companies hiring for flexible jobs, please visit: https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/top-40-companies-hiring-for-flexible-jobs/

1. UnitedHealth Group
2. Kelly Services
3. Kaplan
4. Motion Recruitment Partners
5. SAIC – Science Applications International Corporation
6. Robert Half International
7. Amazon
8. Pearson
9. SAP
10. Parallon

Along with this list of 40 flex-friendly companies, FlexJobs also tracks the growth and evolution of the flexible job market.

Here are recent studies and statistics that show what the market looks like today:

  • Businesses that offer “flextime during core business hours” increased from 52% to 57% between 2015 and 2019, according to SHRM’s 2019 study on work benefits
  • In just two years, there’s been a 78% increase in job posts on LinkedIn that mention work flexibility, according to LinkedIn’s Global Talent Trends 2019
  • 74% believe that flexible working has become the new normal, according to an IWG survey
  • 78% cited flexible schedules and remote work as the most effective non-monetary ways to retain employees in 2019, up from 67% in 2018, according to Crain’s Future of Work Survey
  • To attract and retain employees, 44% of businesses have put in place new strategies to permit a more flexible schedule as their chief way of coping with record unemployment and fewer available workers, according to a 2019 USA Today and LinkedIn survey

To help flexible job seekers in the interview process, FlexJobs has also outlined sample responses to tough interview questions, such as those addressing salary, reasons for looking for a new job, and relationships with former bosses.

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FlexJobs Identifies Remote Career Fields With $100K+ Salaries

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 28, 2019 by itnerd

Remote work is on the rise, having increased 91% in the last 10 years in the United States. With full-time remote work consistently reported as the most desirable type of flexible work arrangement, FlexJobs, which specializes in remote and other flexible jobs, has detailed 26 remote jobs from eight career categories that all have the potential to pay $100K+ per year. The premium job service has also offered 10 tips on how job seekers can prove themselves as qualified remote workers during the interview process.

The majority of the remote jobs below are high-level positions that require higher education and multiple years of experience. The pay rate is based on data from PayScale.

Career Fields with High-Paying Remote Job Potential

Computer & IT Remote Jobs

Computer Security Remote Jobs

Engineering Remote Jobs

Marketing Remote Jobs

Medical Remote Jobs

Project/Product Manager Remote Jobs

Sales and Business Development Remote Jobs

Software Developer Remote Jobs

High-paying remote jobs are highly competitive and coveted. Because they require a unique set of skills, job seekers should be prepared to showcase their competency and fit as a remote worker. After conveying one’s remote work experience and skills intentionally through strategic cover letters and resumes, job seekers can then demonstrate during the interview process that they have the skills and knowledge to be an outstanding virtual worker.

10 Tips to Prepare and Showcase Remote Work Expertise During an Interview:

  1. Prepare a designated interview space free from clutter and distraction to have the meeting.
  2. Download and test the software that will be used for the interview (it’s okay to ask ahead of time what platform will be used).
  3. Turn on the webcam prior to a video call to check your surroundings and ensure nothing within view is in motion or inappropriate.
  4. Close all unnecessary software, turn off notifications on your computer and phone, and make sure your computer is fully charged.
  5. Place the video meeting window at the top of the screen, as close to your computer’s camera as possible.
  6. Dress professionally (not just from the shoulders up) and avoid fabric or jewelry that might disturb a microphone or be too busy or shiny on screen.
  7. Offer to give a tour of your office or share the photos to showcase a highly functional remote home office environment.
  8. Talk tech – digital communication is essential for all teams, but it plays a particularly important role when workers are based in different locations. Promising candidates are aware of various communication and collaboration tools, such as Trello, Slack, and Google Docs, and they showcase a willingness to learn new ones.
  9. Demonstrate awareness of common remote work pitfalls such as unplugging after hours, distractions, or loneliness, and the steps you will take to minimize them.
  10. Share a remote work backup plan in case you experience a power outage, tech or Internet issues.

For more information please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/high-paying-work-from-home-jobs/

FlexJobs & 1 Million For Work Flexibility Celebrate National Flex Day

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 8, 2019 by itnerd

FlexJobs and 1 Million for Work Flexibility (1MFWF) have announced they will celebrate National Flex Day (URL) on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, with a number of activities, and by hosting a virtual career fair later in the month, to raise awareness about the importance of work flexibility. National Flex Day, started in 2013 and held during National Work & Family Month, is designed to inspire professionals and employers alike to unite behind the need for work flexibility, bring awareness to the benefits, and move the issue forward on a national scale.

Flexible work is defined as any type of job or work schedule that gives workers more control over their workday and therefore over their personal life. This could include remote work, freelancing, part-time jobs, alternative schedule jobs, and flexible schedule jobs, and it is absolutely growing. In fact, FlexJobs found that remote work has increased 91% over the last ten years. National Flex Day can be a catalyst to increase this number in the next ten years and help put even more workers in control of their work life.

Activities to celebrate National Flex Day, which can be promoted using the hashtag #NationalFlexDay and tagging @flexjobs and @workflexibility, will include:

  • An invitation to join Brie Reynolds, Career Development Manager and Coach at FlexJobs, for a free one-hour Live Career Coaching Q&A event on Oct. 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Interactive polls on Twitter throughout the day. Follow @FlexJobs to weigh in!
  • Promo code FLEXDAY for a 50% discount on a FlexJobs membership on Oct 15
  • A virtual career fair for remote jobs, featuring Appen, BELAY, Education First, Hilton, Lionbridge, LiveOps, Sykes, Sutherland and Williams-Sonoma on Oct 24

Some of the top careers for flexible jobs in 2019 are computer & IT, sales, medical & health, customer service, education, and marketing.

According to FlexJobs’ 8th annual work flexibility survey, workers believe a flexible job would help them reduce stress, improve their health, and contribute overall to a better quality of life.

  • Top reasons: Since 2013, work-life balance, family, time savings, and commute stress (42%) have been the top four reported reasons people seek flexible work.
  • Quality of life: 44% said a job with flexibility would have a “huge improvement” on their overall quality of life, and 53% said it would have a “positive impact.”
  • Health: 78% of people said having a flexible job would allow them to be healthier (eat better, exercise more, etc.), and 86% said they’d be less stressed.

Flexible work options are growing worldwide and can have a big positive impact on the workplace, society, and individuals. Everyone is encouraged to join the work flexibility movement by adding their name to 1MFWF! For more information please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/what-is-national-flex-day-v2/

FlexJobs Names the Top 20 Companies for Freelance Jobs in 2019

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 23, 2019 by itnerd

Freelancing continues to grow, with projections that freelancers will make up 51% of the total U.S. workforce in 2027. According to FlexJobs’ 2019 annual survey, which reached more than 1,800 freelancers, freelancers enjoy working, want to travel, and are passionate about success in their careers at much higher rates than workers who do not identify as freelancers. To demonstrate the various opportunities in the freelance job marketplace and help freelancers connect to jobs they enjoy, FlexJobs has identified the top 20 companies hiring freelancers so far in 2019. 

Below are the top 20 companies, ordered from greatest to least, for the number of freelance job postings in 2019. Staffing and recruiting companies have strong representation on this list, which shows their deep involvement in the hiring process for freelance, contract, and temporary jobs. Some staffing companies are full-service hiring for a huge variety of career fields and industries, and others specialize in a particular field or group of related industries.

This list is based on an analysis of over 51,000 companies and their freelance job posting histories in the FlexJobs database between January 1, 2019, and August 31, 2019.

1.  Kelly Services
2.  Kforce
3.  Onward Search
4.  Real Staffing
5.  Motion Recruitment Partners
6.  LanguageLine Solutions
7.  AFIRM
8.  Robert Half International
9.  CyraCom
10. Aquent
11. CSI Companies
12. System One
13. Trilogy Education Services
1424 Seven
15. VanderHouwen & Associates
16. Landi English
17. Addison Group
18. Dahl Consulting
19. VocoVision
20. Paladin

Additional findings about freelancers from the FlexJobs survey, conducted in July 2019:

Why Freelancers Work

•  61% of freelancers reported that they work because they enjoy working, compared to 53% of non-freelancers who report the same
•  60% of freelancers work because they want to travel, compared to 53% of non-freelancers
•  48% of freelancers work because they are passionate about success in their career, compared to 38% of non-freelancers
•  When evaluating job opportunities, freelancers are more eager for a professional challenge (43%) than non-freelancers (34%)

Who is Freelancing

•  Freelancing appeals to older generations as well as younger generations, with respondents identifying as: Gen Z (2%) Millennial (28%) Gen X (38) Baby Boomer (25%) Silent Generation (7%)
•  Freelancers are well-educated, with 72% having at least a bachelor’s degree and 31% having a graduate degree

How Much Freelancers Work

•  The vast majority (90%) of freelancers report working three or fewer gigs at a time, with 42% only working one gig at a time

When searching for freelance jobs, there are a number of different terms for job seekers to consider. These can be used to help find freelance job openings, and describe oneself to potential clients.

•  Freelance job: A person works for themselves, rather than for a company. While freelancers do take on contract work for companies and organizations, they are ultimately self-employed
•  Contract work: Working as a temporary contract worker, rather than a permanent employee
•  Independent contractor: Work terms are specified by a contract with another company or individual, which is how the IRS classifies this type of work
•  1099: Used to describe the type of job. Refers to the IRS form an independent contractor fills out: form 1099-MISC
•  Contract consultant: Someone who is hired for temporary consultations for specific issues within a company
•  Contract-to-hire: A job that begins as a freelance, independent contractor position but has the potential to become a regular employee position if things go well

For more information please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/top-companies-freelance-jobs/

31% of Mothers Off-Ramped Careers After Having Children Because Their Jobs Were Too Inflexible: FlexJobs

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 26, 2019 by itnerd

According to a July 2019 FlexJobs survey of more than 2,000 women with children 18 and younger living at home, 31% of women who took a break in their career after having kids wanted to keep working, but reported that their jobs were too inflexible to remain in the workforce. Forty-two percent said it was either extremely difficult or difficult to restart their career after taking a break. The labor force participation rate for all women with children under age 18 was 71.5% in 2018, up slightly from the prior year.

Additional survey findings include:

Career paths and challenges:

  • 31% of women with children 18 and under who took a break in their career after having kids wanted to keep working, but their jobs were too inflexible to stay in the workforce
  • 70% who off-ramped their career after having kids said it was difficult to re-enter the workforce
  • 71% have left or considered leaving a job because it lacked flexibility
  • 40% are concerned that having flexible work arrangements will hurt their career progression

The importance of work flexibility: 

  • Work-life balance (82%), flexible work options (78%) and work schedule (77%) were ranked ahead of salary (76%) as the top factors they use to evaluate potential job prospects
  • Over half (56%) have tried to negotiate flexible work arrangements with their employers but only 32% have been successful
  • Just 13% are extremely confident in their ability to negotiate a flexible work arrangement
  • 86% said having kids living at home has affected their interest in a flexible job

Employer relationships:

  • 31% would consider taking a pay cut in exchange for the option to telecommute as much as they wanted
  • 85% would be more loyal to their employers if they had a flexible work arrangement, compared to 80% of general workers who say the same thing
  • 64% think they are more productive working from home than in a traditional workplace.
  • Nearly half (48%) have felt discriminated against in the workplace because of their gender

Mothers are confident in their dual parent/employee roles:

  • The majority report “needing” to work, but 73%—more than two out of three parents—also report “wanting” to work
  • 84% are entirely sure that they can simultaneously be both great employees and great mothers
  • 91% also indicated that flexible work arrangements would increase their volunteerism at their children’s schools or organized activities

The mothers who responded to FlexJobs’ survey were highly educated, with 70% having at least a bachelor’s degree and 28% having a graduate degree.

Earlier, FlexJobs released the full results of its 2019 Annual Flexible and Remote Work Survey with more than 7,000 professionals weighing in on work and life. To help moms (and anyone who’s taken a career break) return to work through remote and flexible work, FlexJobs has also created A Mom’s Guide for Returning to Work, a comprehensive downloadable guide. For more information please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/survey-flexible-work-moms/.

One-Third Of Workers Have Left A Job Due To Lack Of Flexible Work Options: FlexJobs

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 14, 2019 by itnerd

According to FlexJobs’ 8th annual survey of more than 7,300 respondents, 30% of workers have reported leaving a job because it did not offer flexible work options. Sixteen percent are currently looking for a new job specifically because of work flexibility issues. With this insight, it’s not surprising that 80% also said they would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options. More than half (52%) of workers have tried to negotiate flexible work arrangements with their employer.

Key Findings Regarding Employee Productivity:

  • 65% of workers think they would be more productive working from home than working in a traditional office environment
  • Fewer distractions (74%), fewer interruptions from colleagues (72%), reduced stress from commuting (70%), and minimal office politics (64%) are the top reasons people prefer their home office.
  • Only 8% would choose to go to the office during traditional office hours when they need to optimize their productivity

Interest in Remote Work is High:

  • 71% have telecommuted in a job before
  • Of those who telecommuted in 2018, 19% telecommuted more this year than last year
  • 82% of respondents know someone who telecommutes
  • 100% telecommuting is the most in-demand type of flexible work arrangement (76%), followed by flexible schedules (72%), part-time (46%), and freelance (39%)
  • Less than 5% worry a lot that a flexible work arrangement will hurt their career progression

About Today’s Flexible Job Seeker:

  • Wanting to travel (54%) is the primary reason for working, after paying for basic necessities (75%) and saving for retirement (60%)
  • Work-life balance and salary (73%) tied as the top two factors people consider when evaluating job prospects
  • Since 2013, work-life balance (75%), family (45%), time savings (42%), and commute stress (41%) have been the top four reported reasons people seek flexible work
  • Flexible job seekers are educated, with 69% having at least a bachelor’s degree and 28% having a graduate degree
  • They are also experienced in their career, with only 13% entry-level
  • A range of audiences are interested in flexibility, such as working parents, entrepreneurs, people living in rural areas, introverts, caregivers, military spouses, and more

Health and Happiness:

  • 44% said a job with flexibility would have a huge improvement on their overall quality of life and 53% said it would have a positive impact
  • 78% said having a flexible job would allow them to be healthier (eat better, exercise more, etc.)
  • 86% said they’d be less stressed if they had a flexible job

For the full list of survey findings, conducted in July 2019, please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/survey-flexible-work-job-choices