Sometimes, finding just the right remote job can seem like looking for a mythical unicorn.
At least that’s how the subject of this week’s success story described her search for flexible work—until she found FlexJobs.
As a FlexJobs member, she landed a great position as a remote communications manager, and her unicorn search was over.
Obviously, Jennifer W., the subject of this week’s success story, didn’t end her job search with a unicorn sighting.
But she did land a great remote position as senior communications manager at ContinuED, a distributed company whose online learning platform provides industry-specific continuing education. Jennifer joined the many FlexJobs subscribers who’ve found success across 50 different job categories.
More Time for School-Age Children with Remote Job
Jennifer had been searching for a while for a flexible job that would offer both family time and career fulfillment. “I’ve been seeking more flexibility for several years, but I didn’t want to sacrifice my career growth in the process,” she said. “I have two children and wanted to be home when they’re out of school and have an easier time participating in their school and extracurricular activities, but I also wanted to continue to advance in my career.”
“I was very intentional in my search and took time to find something just right for me,” she continued. “Before subscribing to FlexJobs, I felt like I was searching for a unicorn, but with FlexJobs, I found that there are actually a lot of wonderful career opportunities out there that also offer flexibility.”
Jennifer’s full-time, remote job gives her “more time with my family and more time for myself,” she wrote. “As a busy working parent, time is a precious commodity!”
A Remote Job That’s a Good Fit
Jennifer sang the praises of her current employer for their full embrace of flexible work. “ContinuED, is 100% virtual,” she said. “Therefore, they are able to recruit top-rate talent without the limitations of geographical boundaries. Our team works from home offices across the country. … With technology today, it’s truly possible to have a high-performing and close-knit team without the confines of a traditional office.”
Overall, Jennifer’s remote job has provided huge benefits that have changed her life for the better, she said. “I was able to ditch my commute, which was at least one hour minimum each way every single day. Gaining that time alone has had a significant impact on my stress, well-being, and productivity.”
Best of all, she said, “a remote, flexible job enables me to spend more time with my family. With my new work arrangement, my husband and I are home every day when the kids get out of school, and we can tag-team homework, dinner, and activities as we’re wrapping up our workdays. I’ve been in my new position one month, and the additional family time my new job has afforded us has been a tremendous gift to us all.”
Advice and Inspiration for Other Job Seekers
“I was extremely impressed with the variety and quality of jobs posted on FlexJobs,” Jennifer told us. “FlexJobs enabled me to find a position that meets my personal and professional goals. … I tell everyone about FlexJobs. There are so many scams out there, so I was really impressed with the quality of jobs available.”
Jennifer didn’t find her dream job overnight. “My job search was a bit long, but only because I was very specific in what I was seeking,” she said. “FlexJobs enabled me to research a lot of companies that offer remote or flexible work and allowed me to hone in on what I most wanted in a job. I did a lot of research on companies before choosing to apply. When I found something that seemed to fit my personal and professional goals, I would customize my cover letter and resume to best illustrate how my skills fit the position.”
She continued: “I was looking for a ‘real’ career with benefits and growth opportunities and all of that, and I found it through your site. Further, your blog posts and newsletters really aided me in the virtual job search.”
A Personal Note for More Job Search Inspiration
Besides answering a series of questions about her job search success, Jennifer sent a wonderful note with an inspiring overview of her FlexJobs experience:
“Thanks to FlexJobs, I finally landed my dream job a year and a half ago after enduring a long commute to a traditional office setting for 16 years. I had a great job but was desperately seeking better work-life balance and the ability to spend more time with my family, but I also wanted to continue to grow in my career.
I felt like I was chasing a unicorn until I found FlexJobs, which ultimately led me to the position I have today. … Everyone works remotely, and the company culture is progressive and supportive.
I am growing in my career as I’d hoped—and I’m home in the afternoons when my kids get off the school bus. I work with a vibrant company from the comfort of my home, I see my family so much more than before, and I’m accomplishing professional goals. I guess you could say I found my unicorn after all!”
If you’re interested in adding flexibility to your career, we can help! FlexJobs offers positions in more than 50 job categories.
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