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Why Wonít Employers Tele-Train

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ALL JOBS ask that in order to apply for a job, one needs at LEAST 3 or more years of experience. How does one break into the work-from-home office, if no one will take a chance on hiring "the less than many years experience" office worker?

My Answer:

This is the huge problem for the telecommuting job-hunter. Letís face it, itís very difficult to train someone in a new job when you are actually physically face-to-face with the new trainee. Itís nearly an impossible task to train someone when he or she is at a distance.

Remote training and troubleshooting is a problem I personally understand, because Iíve had several jobs in which I literally had to train novice computer users over the phone. It is very frustrating trying to envision what is going on with the personís computer and guide them in the correct steps or keystrokes. Many times, I would stop the instruction (in pure frustration) and make an in-person appointment with them the next day because we were simply getting nowhere over the phone.

When I was physically present and able to guide them by looking over their shoulder we would finish the project in record time. You would be surprised at how clearly you know people "get it" just by seeing their eyes. A personís facial expression can give you a wealth of information.

So, you see, this is why employers donít want to waste time training, monitoring and teaching an entry-level employee from a distance. Remote training of a novice (a person that has no experience in the duties) is incredibly difficult. This remote training hurdle makes employers lose time and money. Remember, employers are hiring you to make money, not lose it.

Donít believe tele-training is difficult? Okay, call a five-year-old child and, over the phone, teach them how to bake a cake. Now think about it. How would you describe a cup of flour? How would you instruct them in measuring half a teaspoon of salt? How would you teach them how to crack an egg without getting shells in the batter? Get the point?

Time is money to the employer, if training is faster when you are physically at the office with the trainer, then that is the option most employers will take. Once you, the employee, shows signs of "getting it" and can effectively do the job with little supervision, employers are more open to allow telecommuting.

You must look at things from the employerís perspective. A wise employer/company observes and monitors their employeeís effort until you are sure of the quality of work. A slacker can lose business for an employer and itís hard to monitor work from a distance and catch the little errors that a novice usually makes.

So you see the problem the employer faces as well as the problem you face. Understand this, you must gain the valued experience that the employer wants. So these are your options:

Where telecommuting is concerned, experience and discipline (and proof of such) is the key.

Happy Hunting!

-Rosalind Mays

Copyright © 2001 Rosalind Mays. All Rights Reserved.

Rosalind Mays, best-selling author of The Real Deal on Telecommuting, works at home as an Internet Researcher. She hopes her advice and report (which compiles all the information she found while searching for her current job) will shorten other job seeker's time in finding legitimate work at home opportunities. Visit for a free list of telecommuting jobs compiled monthly. Go to: to learn more about her books. Have this article sent to you by sending an email to: