When people think of the advantages of a flexible job, many often value the freedom it offers. That could be the freedom to balance work and personal responsibilities, or the freedom to pick and choose when and where they work.
Another benefit of flexible work that may not be as widely considered is the safety it can offer. When times are tough, flexible jobs can help cushion the blow from a layoff or reduction in hours at a primary job.
When the pandemic began, Amber B. went in search of a safety net for herself and her family. As a freelance photographer and student, she relied on her husband’s health insurance to cover her and her two children. However, worried about the possibility that her husband could suddenly lose his job, Amber joined FlexJobs in search of a flexible job “just in case.”
And while she connected with a job that offered her the safety net she was looking for, Amber also found the dream career she’d been training for.
Planning for “Crazy Times”
Though Amber is a freelance photographer, she was in school preparing for a career change, so she relied on her husband’s health insurance and steady income. But when the pandemic started, Amber worried that he would lose his job, prompting her to look for steady employment.
However, her main requirement was that the job be flexible to accommodate her situation. “We knew if I were to reenter corporate America, it would have to be flexible. We have a 10 and five-year-old both at home because of COVID-19. I am also finishing up a degree online.”
With those needs in mind, Amber joined FlexJobs in search of a flexible job that would accommodate her family and her schooling.
Steps Ahead in a New Career
Because Amber was still in school when she started her job search, she assumed it would be a long time before she could make a full-on career change. But, thanks to FlexJobs, Amber connected with a new job in her new field in two weeks!
She is working as a Quality Analyst for Independence University. “I am now in the industry I was wanting to be in,” Amber says, “just a lot sooner than originally planned! And, it’s so flexible… Mind blown.” What’s more, even though she hasn’t yet finished her degree, her new employer offers “options for furthering my education. I could not be more excited to be where I’m at!”
The Many Benefits of Flexible Work
Like many people, Amber knew she wanted (and needed!) a flexible job. But, she didn’t realize that though a flexible job is its own perk, there are additional perks that come with having flexible work.
“Oh my stars,” she says, “it has lifted the health insurance worry. This particular company is super-flexible with schedule, and I have additional educational benefits that I can utilize to further my growth. The job gave me an avenue into the career field I wanted to be in, while also allowing me to be home with my kids during this crazy season of life. I am still able to workout during my lunch hour even if it’s an off time—like 10 a.m.!”
Finding Your Flex
Amber has one bit of parting advice to job seekers: tailor your resume. “I feel that when you apply online now, there are a million resumes for recruiters to go through, so you have to stand out a little bit.”
No matter what kind of flexible job you’re looking for or why you’re looking for it, FlexJobs can help you connect with legitimate, flexible jobs. Interested in learning how FlexJobs can connect you to remote opportunities?
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