If you’re one of the millions of Americans who are fed up with their job and looking for an alternative, options abound. Yes, the economy is still rife with problems, but we’re a far cry from the dark times of 2008 and 2009, and employers are on the hunt for talent – if you’ve got the right skill set. As the economy evolves, so do the jobs; many of them no longer require you to show up and punch in. You can work through your tasks at home.
You’ll save money on commuting costs, stop eating out as much, and win back hours of free time, all by taking on a remote working arrangement.
Of course, it’s harder for some people to convince their boss that flexible working arrangements are in their best interests. Not only do workers win with flexible jobs, but employers do as well – they no longer need to spend money on office space and supplies (not as much, anyway), for example. But it all comes down to finding people you can trust to complete their tasks, and stay productive, all away from the watchful eye of management. It’s not easy to find great employees, but if you prove you’re up to it, there’s no reason you shouldn’t push for more flexible accommodations.
If your lobbying efforts are unsuccessful, you can always start sending out resumes. And thanks to Flexjobs, we now have a new scouting report about which companies you’re going to want to target. Behold, this year’s “100 top companies to watch for remote jobs in the year ahead.”
“Each year, we compile a list of the 100 companies that posted the most work-from-home jobs (a.k.a. remote, telecommuting, virtual jobs) over the last year,” Flexjobs says. “Based on an analysis of the over 40,000 companies in the FlexJobs database, we’ve found the 100 companies with the most remote job postings in 2015.”
So, if you’re ready to hit the job market, resume in hand (or saved to your desktop), this list is a great place to start looking. And if you’re apprehensive about looking for remote work, don’t be. Flexjobs reports that remote jobs are growing at a furious rate, as both workers and employers find that there are numerous benefits to loosening the leash on their employees.
“Telecommuting job listings increased a solid 36 percent from 2014 to 2015, compared to a 26 percent increase from 2013 to 2014,” the Flexjobs release reads. “It appears that not only is remote working on the rise, but opportunities to work from home are increasing at a faster rate. This acceleration is fantastic news for anyone wishing to leave the office for a telecommuting job.”
Not only that, but Flexjobs also released a brief in December regarding the uptick in remote working throughout the economy in 2015. According to that brief, the advances in technology are allowing more and more people to telecommute, whereas only a few years ago, they would’ve had to physically be in an office to use certain software, meet with certain people, or work in collaboration with far-flung clients or coworkers.
One other big change we’re seeing is that millennials are effectively taking the reins in the workforce, as older workers in management and leadership positions retire. Millennials, as expected, are more comfortable with technology, and thus can slide into remote positions with more ease. As millennials start enacting policies and integrating work-from-home demands on their employers, flexible job arrangements are becoming more and more common.
All told, your geographic location is no longer a major barrier to finding gainful employment, assuming you possess some of the skills that today’s employers are looking for. If not, you can always work on developing those skills, but there’s still plenty of opportunity for people who work in areas like customer service. It’s not all software developers or traveling sales reps who are needed; employees that were traditionally needed behind desks or counters can now be at kitchen tables or home offices.
Polish your resumes, tailor your cover letters, and get hit the labor market. Flexjobs’ report boasts a full 100 employers who are hiring remote workers in large quantities, so there are plenty of places to look.
Here are the top 10:
9. Working Solutions
8. U.S. Department of Agriculture
5. UnitedHealth Group
4. Sutherland Global Services
If that wasn’t enough, there are 90 more companies to check out as well. Just head over to Flexjobs to see where you should be sending your resumes.