A career break can be a great way to take a deep breath and reboot. That was the case for the subject of this week’s FlexJobs success story.
Looking to regroup in the face of career and personal life challenges, he shifted to a remote job that’s helped him find better career-life balance.
Sid M. was looking for a way to energize his career and find the time to help his parents in the face of a health issue.
In his search for a remote job, Sid found FlexJobs, became a member, and was hired by R1 RCM, a flexible company that provides revenue cycle solutions and physician advisory services to healthcare providers.
Sid works remotely as a solutions marketing professional, joining thousands of FlexJobs subscribers across 50-plus career fields who’ve found job search success and healthier work-life integration.
A Career Break to Hit the Reset Button
For Sid, a few factors combined to fuel his search for flexible work. “I had made the decision to take a short work break,” Sid said. “I was running on fumes after several years of constant business travel and my dad’s cancer battle in the midst of it. In considering my next steps, I really wanted a remote job to enhance work-life balance.”
A resident of Columbus , Ohio, Sid was aware that the benefits of working remotely could help him hit the reset button. “You get additional tie-back in the day without the morning and evening commute,” Sid wrote. “Also, I wanted to be able to take a quick walk in the neighborhood at lunch, etc. This all contributes to a much better workday and overall quality of life.”
More Time for Personal and Family Life
Sid’s remote job offers him opportunities to help his family, and be healthier himself. “I can eat lunch at home [and] get outside a bit at breaks during the day,” Sid said. “I can help my mom with occasional doctor’s appointments and such, without having to ask for the time off and the accompanying office reputation that can come with supporting family needs.”
He added, “It’s just good to know that flexibility is possible if you seek it and are willing to work hard to find it. I think it will become more and more common as employees demand it and employers realize that their associates can be just as productive at home if not more so.”
The Benefits of a FlexJobs Membership
Joining FlexJobs “worked well for me,” Sid said. “The main benefit is not having to review all of the other job sites and try to find remote jobs. That can be maddening and time-consuming. … I do think FlexJobs does a nice job of qualifying the remote/flex jobs they post. These types of jobs can be quite competitive.”
Tips and Inspiration for Other Job Seekers
Sid offered a wealth of inspirational strategies and insights for other job seekers. “I would suggest understanding how applicant tracking works and the role of keyword optimization,” he said. “Also, be sure to have a LinkedIn profile that complements your resume too. They need to tell the same story and not conflict with one another.”
Another tip for a successful job search? “Developing a target list of companies you’re interested in,” Sid said. “You can review their jobs regularly. And, you can check your LinkedIn profile to see if you know anyone who works there to try to get your resume directed to the hiring manager.” Additionally, “definitely, research the company before your interview. You can do a Google search, check their website, read their profile on LinkedIn and associate comments on Glassdoor.”
Despite uncertainty at the outset of his job search, Sid persisted. “To be honest, I wasn’t sure how my job search would end up,” Sid said. “I was also checking for jobs on Indeed, LinkedIn, and others. I did find your site easy to navigate. And it was easy to review my activity and applications too. In the end, I did find my job via FlexJobs. I’m grateful for that. I will recommend you to others that are seeking remote-flex type jobs.”
If you’re interested in adding flexibility to your career, we can help. FlexJobs offers positions in more than 50 job categories. Connect with your next opportunity today!
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