On the Hunt for Flexible Work Options? Here's How to Find the Employers That Offer Them

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Kimberli Lowe-MacAuley for FlexJobs
June 23, 2024 at 2:19PM UTC
Is there a secret list somewhere that you don’t know about? If you’re performing generic online searches to find an employer who offers flexible work arrangements, there’s a good chance that you’ve been wading through some scams.
But don’t give up hope! If you’ve been craving a better work-life blend that can help you finally get a handle on all your responsibilities, we’ve got your back. Since flexible work is our favorite kind of work, we’ve rounded up different places where you can look to find your dream job.

Hunting Down Legitimate Flexible Work Options

No matter what job you’re looking for, a job hunt is rarely fun. But when it comes to looking for flexible work, the process can be pretty daunting at first glance. But don’t get discouraged. With a bit of creativity and tenacity, you’ll be well on your way to finding an employer that’s the right fit for you and your lifestyle.

1. Focus on flexible job boards.

We might be a bit biased, but this is without a doubt our favorite resource for finding flexible and remote jobs. Finding a job board focused on flexible job postings is the least labor-intensive way to pursue your dream job. And while there are many job boards out there, not all job boards are created equally.

2. Discover company cultures and motivations.

If you’re curious about remote work, one of the best ways to learn more is to explore interviews with companies that have made the switch. Sites like Remote.co feature interviews with various businesses, both big and small, that detail their experiences with remote work.
You’ll get an inside look at why these companies decided to go remote, how they made the transition, and what challenges they’ve faced along the way. These interviews offer a valuable perspective on company culture and can help you determine if a company is an excellent fit for you.

3. Inspect company websites.

Do you have a list of dream companies that mirror your values or fit your ideal culture? The vast majority of companies list their open positions on their website and will include information about whether or not the job is remote-friendly or offers flexible hours. You can also try searching company websites for key terms, like virtual, remote, flexible, or work from anywhere, to see if any relevant results come up.

4. Utilize social media.

Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are great tools for job seekers. Not only can you use them to research potential employers, but you can also connect with other professionals in your field who showcase their flexible working arrangements. If there’s someone who frequently posts about how much they’re enjoying their flexible lifestyle, take the time to explore opportunities with the company they’re employed by.

5. Network frequently.

LinkedIn groups and professional associations can be great resources. Many employers list flexible jobs within these groups. In addition, many associations offer resources and advice on job hunting. So, take advantage of everything they have to offer.
Utilize the search function within LinkedIn groups and look for relevant keywords within your desired field. For example, try searching for a flexible customer service job or remote accountant. You may find more flexible job options available than you thought!
Also, it can be easy to focus on investing in more extensive networking opportunities and neglect the value of your personal network. Talk to friends, family members, and acquaintances to see if anyone knows of any flexible openings at their company or anywhere else. You never know—someone might just have the perfect opportunity for you.

6. Negotiate with your current employer.

Have you considered that flexible work arrangements might be closer than you thought? Just because your role doesn’t currently include flexible work arrangements doesn’t mean it can’t. Take the time to set yourself up for success before approaching your boss and human resources department. Spend time brainstorming different ways to meet your work demands from home and have a plan mapped out before you initiate the conversation.
Be willing to negotiate and offer a trial run to determine if a flexible work arrangement would benefit everyone. Understand your nonnegotiables beforehand and ensure that they fit the current company culture well. With some strategic negotiating, you might discover that your work-life balance is achievable without changing jobs.

Discovering Flexible Employers

Fantastic employers offering flexible work arrangements are more than an urban legend. As more and more employers discover the value in supporting healthier work-life balance for their team members, it’s becoming easier than ever to find an employer that can support both your career goals and your scheduling needs. Sometimes you just have to know where to look.
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This article originally appeared in FlexJobs. FlexJobs is the leading career service specializing in flexible work, providing the largest database of vetted remote and flexible job listings. To support job seekers in all phases of their journey, FlexJobs offers a range of services including expert advice, job search events, and career coaching. FlexJobs also works with leading companies to recruit quality remote talent and optimize their remote and flexible workplace.

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