July 19, 2018

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Telecommuting Ranks High On Job Seekers' List

It’s tough to find employment in today’s job market, especially if a person lacks a formal education or has minimal work experience. Still, even without such background deficits, attempts to find home-based employment may be fruitless at best, financially and emotionally draining at worst.

According to the International Telework Association and Council (ITAC) of Washington, D.C., there are more than 19.6 million people who reportedly work from home (1999). The ITAC estimates that by 2010, there will be around forty million people working part - or full-time from their homes. ( Nonetheless, it remains an untapped benefit for the majority of North America’s workforce.

To learn what it’s like trying to land a telecommuting job, Telework Recruiting, Inc. surveyed people who frequent E-mail groups that focus on telecommuting. According to the survey results, the average length of time a job seeker will spend searching for a position that allows telecommuting is two years. For individuals wanting to start out with a new company as a teleworker, it usually takes longer than it does for those who try to persuade their current companies to allow them to telecommute.

How important is telecommuting for our survey respondents? On a scale of one to ten (one being the lowest), almost every one said “ten”. Having their independence, spending more time with their families, and having a personal life, they said, even was more valuable than any other benefit a company could give.

The top reason survey respondents said it takes so long to find telecommuting work with a new company is that their search usually leads them to companies offering bogus job opportunities and scams.

© Pamela La Gioia

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