A baby can change career priorities for new parents. This week’s FlexJobs success story takes us to Florida, where Melissa S. returned to the workforce thanks to a remote job in the talent acquisition field. She’s one of many FlexJobs subscribers who’ve found job search success across 50-plus different job categories.
Being able to work from home has made a big difference for Melissa S. As a new mom, was she was ready for a change that offered better work-life integration. Melissa found a remote job as a talent acquisition specialist at Lowe’s, the Fortune 500 home improvement chain with locations across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Lowe’s offers a range of jobs with flexible work options, including the ability to work from home like Melissa.
Remote Job Leaves More Time for New Baby
A resident of Port Orange, Florida, Melissa knew going in that the ability to work from home was a top priority in her job search. “After having my son, I decided to leave the workforce to stay home with him,” she said. “When I returned to work I chose to seek remote options.”
After just a short time in her new job, Melissa said it’s been a positive career move for her. “I’ve been in my new job for two months and already enjoy so much more time with my family,” she said. “I no longer have to commute, or [have] the stress of being at a physical work site.”
Better Balance Working from Home
Melissa’s full-time, remote job leaves her in greater control of her workday, from eliminating a commute to finding an overall improved work-life balance as a working parent. “I get more time with my family and it’s easier to focus when your working conditions are set to your own liking,” Melissa wrote in her comments to FlexJobs.
What’s more, Melissa has a broader view of the kinds of remote jobs available to her as working mom. “If anything, I think my perspective has shifted a little more toward believing that many jobs can be done without a strict schedule/location,” she said. “Not enough employers recognize that.”
Inspiring Insights for Other Job Seekers
Like many job seekers who become FlexJobs members, Melissa said one of her most successful job search strategies was researching companies. In the process, she discovered many great flexible employers that were new to her.
“There were so many I had never heard of,” she said of the thousands of flexible employers in the FlexJobs database. “Prior to accepting the offer that I took, I had interviewed with another company out in San Francisco. I had never heard of the company before but after researching them I was highly impressed with their structure and mission.”
Melissa’s advice to other job seekers looking for flexible work is to take the plunge and become a FlexJobs member. “Do it!” she wrote. “Many people are skeptical because of the subscription fee. It’s totally worth it!”
FlexJobs partners with more than 5,500 companies to offer job seekers access to flexible careers in more than 50 fields, including HR, talent acquisition, and recruiting.
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