Do REAL Work From Home Jobs Exist?

For the last few years, military spouse employment has been a hot topic because there is currently a 26% unemployment rate. The unreliable schedules and frequent moving of military life make it a challenge to present a resume that makes sense to civilian employers. However, work from home positions offer a career that can work with the demands of your life. The question is: do legitimate work from home jobs even exist? The answer is yes.

Do Your Homework

While landing a job that provides flexibility may be your way back into the workplace, finding that work from position might be tough. In the day and age of modern technology, scams exist throughout the internet so you must be careful and picky about which jobs you apply for. For example, if a company is asking you to pay for a position, it is most likely a scam. Where can you look for credible openings?

My favorite website to use is ratracerebellion.com because hey screen the jobs they post to ensure they are authentic. The Rat Race website categorizes jobs by industry, which makes it easy to find the particular job you’re looking for. Further, they have a section for new daily positions that become available so you can stay on top of who is hiring and for what. Next, another great resource is Flexjobs. Please note, they are a paid site so only utilize it for serious inquiries.  Lastly, reading blogs of others who make a living from their home could provide you with tips for those who share a common lifestyle.

You Found the Job, Now How Do You Make It Work

Executive Director of the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, Erin Voirol, is an Army wife who has worked from home for seven years. She shared that “initially, working from home can often times be challenging. Ensuring that you are organized and set working hours that your friends and family adhere to can be a big help. Plus, having a dedicated work space that is separate from any potential distractions can also be helpful.” We often here from spouses that they don’t feel like their families understand that they are actually working when they are at home, so the spouse ends up pulled in different directions. If you are on the clock, focus only on work. Save the household duties for the hours you block off for chores.

Recap of the best practices for succeeded when your work life crosses paths with your home life:

  • Set up a designated space that is solely for your work
  • Create a schedule where you block off the times you will work
  • Include your family in understanding what the expectations of your job are

Working from home is a great fit for some, but may not work for others so make sure you evaluate if it is a good fit for your life. Flexibility does not always mean easier. If you thrive independently you can succeed at establish a career that does not demand a specific location. Military spouses can definitely attest to the joy of a position that is portable; as long as you evaluate what type of job you are seeking, research the companies making the offer, and apply the tools outlined here, you, too can succeed in working from home.

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About Deb Kloeppel

Corporate America Supports You (CASY, www.casy.us) and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN, www.msccn.org) were chartered in 2004 as private sector non-profit organizations that provide no-cost employment readiness, vocational training, and one-on-one job placement services for National Guard, Reserves, transitioning service members, veterans, military spouses, homeless female veterans, war wounded and caregivers of war wounded. CASY-MSCCN operates as an employment partner to all branches of the Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Coast Guard, through Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs). In addition, without funding and through its partnership with Kenexa and DirectEmployers Association, CASY-MSCCN created and maintains the National Guard Employment program, which provides training and job placement to returning National Guard personnel and their families. Each of these high-touch programs is supported by solid partnerships with major corporations, mid-size companies and small businesses that provide employment opportunities for our military-affiliated job seekers. Our state-of-the-art technology, built by Kenexa, provides real-time, verifiable tracking numbers and outcome reports to our employment partners, military services, and donors. Through our employment readiness training and job placements services, along with our Military to Civilian Jobs Network Alliance Campaign, CASY-MSCCN works one-on-one with our employment partners and funding supporters to reduce the rate of unemployment to veterans, National Guard, reservists, and their spouses by preparing them for their job search (translating skills, preparing resumes, interview skills, etc.) while working directly with our corporate recruiters to match these military service members and veterans to jobs that complement and fully utilize their qualifications, experience, and education. Individual programs are also in place to serve homeless female veterans and caregivers to the war-wounded – the extremely underserved military-affiliated applicants who have exceptional difficulty finding employment. Over the past three years, we have served over 8,000 applicants and provided outreach to more than 50,000. CASY-MSCCN is committed to breaking barriers in employment for those within the military and veteran communities; increasing training, assistance, and employment opportunities for all military-affiliated job seekers; and ensuring our corporate partners fully understand and appreciate the service members’ qualifications and how they perfectly match the skills these organizations need. By pursuing these objectives we will greatly improve the employment hiring numbers for those who have served and the families who support them. Please also check out http://www.msej.info.

One Response to “Do REAL Work From Home Jobs Exist?”

  1. Kyle G March 3, 2014 8:19 am #

    My father was in the military and I can tell you at times it was extremely tough for my mother. However I disagree with you and believe families can be very understanding!

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