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Breaking In As a New Telecommuter
By: Pamela La Gioia Telecommuting, teleworking, working from home. No matter how you chose to phrase it, this type of flexible work option is gaining momentum. And it should. Just recently, a survey mentioned on Telcoa.Org, indicated that the number one or number two preferred job benefit for job seekers was telecommuting–even over health insurance! It seems like getting a telecommuting position is the way to go. There are many large companies that have formal telecommuting programs. Yet,
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how easy is it for a new employee to telecommute? Apparently, to participate in these programs, you must work onsite first, and then, based on your performance, you might be approved for telecommuting. Teleworker Barbara Chaderton (www.rpg911.com) offers some insight into how tough entering a new company as a telecommuter can actually be. An experiencedRPG programmer, Chaderton chose to leave her secure onsite job to care for her aging mother at home. She has had little success expanding her client base as a remote AS/400 RPG programmer, even though she offers on-site consultation and routine visits.Says Chaderton, “I usually interact with recruiters, not directly with employers. The recruiters either say, ‘I’ll need to speak with the employer’, and I never hear fromthem again; or, they stop dead in their tracks and end the phone call immediately.” In spite of some hesitation many employers have with allowing new employees to telecommute, there are some professions that seem to offer better chances of this work arrangement than others. Following are some of the more flexible occupations or fields. Hopefully, you will fit into one of them. Sales High-end sales often require ...