A part-time job can be a great “bridge” to keep up your income while you’re searching for full-time work. The subject of this week’s FlexJobs success story found a great part-time, remote transcription job that keeps her gainfully employed while she continues searching for a full-time job.
Using her FlexJobs membership, Mary R. found a great work-from-home job that has not only provided income, but has helped her brush up on skills that keep her up to date in the job marketplace.
Mary was hired by ANP Transcription, where she works part-time as a freelance transcriptionist. ANP Transcription provides customized transcription services for clients in a variety of fields, including broadcasting and production, insurance, legal, and medical.
Mary joins the many FlexJobs members who have found job search success across 50 different job categories.
Getting Back into the Workforce with a Remote Job
A resident of Birmingham, Alabama, Mary is a baby boomer who turned to FlexJobs in her job search after a period of unemployment. “I had been out of work and trying to find a job,” she said. “I tried many different paths, but they were dead ends.”
As Mary continued her search for full-time employment, she looked for work that could provide a steady stream of income. “I could continue to search for a full-time position with benefits, while picking up at least some income from a flexible job,” she said.
Closing a Resume “Employment Gap”
Besides a reliable income, Mary’s job as a work-from-home transcriptionist has provided other benefits, she told us. “It helped me brush up on skills while I looked for a job, and I could list the experience on my resume,” she said.
Mary was facing a common problem of job seekers who are in between positions: an employment gap on their resume. “I really believe it helped me find my new job because it was relevant and current experience, and I did not have a gap in employment,” she said.
Her new flexible job with a supportive employer proved a great stopgap for Mary while her search for full-time work continued. “The flexible job allowed me to continue to look for a full-time job with benefits, while helping the company keep up with production,” she said. “They seemed to appreciate my work, which helped when my confidence faltered.”
Tips for Other Job Seekers
Mary spent a good amount of time on the FlexJobs site “searching and researching” to find flexible work that was a good fit for her. She was pleased overall with the flexible jobs she found in the FlexJobs database. In particular, she said, FlexJobs “is great for finding part-time, remote work.”
While pleased with her current job, Mary was upfront about continuing her search. “I wish it would have been easier to find a full-time, flexible position with benefits,” she said. “Very few companies seemed to offer them.”
In the meantime, Mary said, she’s continuing to tell friends and acquaintances about the benefits of a FlexJobs membership. “I’ve recommended several people try it,” she said. “I know of at least one that is retired who was very happy I shared the information with her.”
FlexJobs partners with more than 5,000 companies to offer flexible positions – ranging from part-time, full-time, and freelance – in over 50 job categories.
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