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Expect lots of competition applying for remote jobs

Dear J.T. & Dale: Where is the easiest place for me to find remote job opportunities online? I don’t want to go back to my office, but they are requiring us to in July. So I want to start looking ASAP for a new job where I can work from home. – Alvin

DALE: It’s going to be a crowded job market out there. From everything we hear, the majority of employees who’ve gotten a taste of remote work want to keep it going. One poll puts it at nearly two-thirds of employees saying they want a remote option.

J.T.: That’s one reason that when you go online to look at job sites, you’re going to see plenty claiming to have job postings for remote work. However, I’m not going to recommend any of them to you. Why not? Because of the sheer volume of competition you will be up against. Applying online already is futile. People don’t understand that 97% of those who apply online never get a phone call. Instead, you should make a bucket list of companies that you would like to work for and start networking with their employees and their HR department to find out about available opportunities so you can stand out while focusing your efforts on finding a remote job that’s right for you.

DALE: As you do that, I hope you can see yourself working for a company offering some combination of remote and office work. I believe that the hybrid office is going to be the new norm, and by being willing to compromise, you’ll open up far more opportunities. It offers the additional advantage of increasing your career potential – those who come to the office are more likely to be promoted. And one more thing: There are so many advantages to a hybrid work schedule that when your current employer discovers how many employees are looking to leave in pursuit of remote options, I bet they’ll rethink their workplace.

Dear J.T. & Dale: I just found out that I’m pregnant, and I’m halfway through the interview process at a company I love. I would rather not say anything until the first trimester, but I feel like that would be really upsetting to them, especially because of the type of work I’ll be doing. Should I tell them once they give me a job offer? – Colette

DALE: It does you credit that you want to be candid with the hiring managers, but that’s not the way of the New Economy. We, as a society, made a decision to help minimize the career disruption of childbirth. Sure, it’s an inconvenience for employers, especially small organizations, but they know this is how things are and they adjust.

J.T.: Further, you are not required to tell them, and if you tell them before you get a job offer, you may not make it through the process. That said, telling them once you get the job offer might be a little odd as well. I personally would accept the job, and then work like crazy to exceed every expectation in the first 90 days. At which point, when you make it through the first trimester and feel comfortable sharing the information, you can tell them that you didn’t want to say anything because you knew something could go wrong with the pregnancy. You could then add that you have been working extremely hard to prove yourself so that they know you’re committed.

DALE: I love the part about not sharing because you were worried that something might go wrong. That makes you just seem a bit cautious, rather than being someone keeping a secret from management. Further, by waiting as long as possible to say anything, you’ll be in a position to demonstrate what a team player you are. By getting familiar with the job and your co-workers, you can figure out the best way to minimize the disruption to the company. You have no obligation to do this, but you can impress your managers that you are on their side in making sure the work gets done.

Jeanine “J.T.” Tanner O’Donnell is a career coach and the founder of the leading career site www.workitdaily.com. Dale Dauten is founder of The Innovators’ Lab and author of a novel about H.R., “The Weary Optimist.” Visit them at jtanddale.com or write to King Features Syndicate, 628 Virginia Dr., Orlando, FL 32803.

 



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