The fastest way to a flexible work arrangement is to propose the schedule you want at your current job. But if you’ve decided it’s time to make a move to something new, how do you find a flexible job that meets your work-life needs?
The sad fact is, most employers don’t offer a flexible schedule or telecommuting arrangement to new employees. But some do.
Here I’ve compiled several options to help you find a flexible job at a flex-minded employer.
Professional Job Listings: All Flex, All the Time
There are scores of job boards which list telecommuting and part-time jobs, but it’s tricky sifting out the scam sites to find the few legitimate ones. And some otherwise legit work-from-home websites allow ads from spurious “employers.” What to do?
To cut through the clutter, I recommend FlexJobs.
Some time back, I had an hour-long talk with FlexJobs CEO, Sara Sutton. She has a personal story that translates into a passion for people looking for a calmer work life. Sara is all about offering viable job options with integrity.
Her team searches the web for you and hand-screens the telecommuting, part-time and free-lance jobs they find—throughout the US and beyond—checking the legitimacy of the employer and the posting.
Only those jobs that make their scrupulous cut are posted on the FlexJobs site.
For a modest fee, you get full access to their huge listing of jobs. But you can read all the truncated listings for free, so you’ll have an idea of what you’d be paying for first. There are scores of job categories, most of them professional-level.
Flexible Work Staffing Firms for Professionals
Another way to find a flexible job is through a flexible work staffing firm for professionals. I’ve seen businesses in this category come and go, or change ownership and business models, so it’s a challenge to keep this list current. An excellent resource for that purpose is The Flexwork for Women Alliance compiled by my colleague and work-life champion for career women, Kathryn Sollmann. Here’s a sample.
Inkwell calls itself “a global flexible work innovator.”
Prokanga is a “boutique search firm” that works with “high caliber talent that places a significant value on flexibility.”
The Mom Project says “We connect talented women with world-class employers that respect work and life integration.”
Hire My Mom states this as their goal: “…helping mom professionals find flexible, legitimate, home-based work giving them the freedom and flexibility they desire.”
Flex Professionals is a niche recruiting and staffing service specializing in part-time professionals in the Washington, DC and Boston metro areas.
While there are some promising prospects above, do your due diligence; a listing here should not be considered an endorsement.
Find a Flexible Job by Targeting Employers
Targeting your job search to specific employers who offer workplace flexibility is yet another way to find a flexible job. Here are several ways to surface highly-rated companies.
- FlexJobs offers a free online Guide to Best Companies for Flexible Jobs.
- Many of the 100 Best Companies on Fortune magazine’s list offer workplace flexibility. Start with the “Near You” category to see if any of the employers are within driving distance.
- Forbes magazine has a similar list.
- Check the listing of Working Mother magazine’s 100 best companies; all of them offer some sort of workplace flexibility
- Glassdoor has a top 50 list but there’s some overlap with other lists and it takes more work to find the flexibility factor.
- Finally, check with your nearby Chamber of Commerce and metropolitan business magazine. Some compile rankings of “best companies” among local or regional employers.
How to Vet a Company for Workplace Flexibility
If you have targeted a specific company and you can’t find them on any of the lists, check their website under “Careers” or “Employment” to see if they position flexible work arrangements as one of their desirable employment features. Verify actual practices by asking current or past employees. Use searches and queries on GlassDoor and Linkedin.
Then there’s the reality-check tactic (if you’re within driving distance): check how full or empty their parking lot is between 5 and 7 pm!
How to Ask About Flex in a Job Interview
That covers the job search aspect of finding flexibility. In a different article, I address how and when to inquire about flexible work arrangements during the new job interview.
Don’t Quit Your Job; Flex Your Job
If you’re already employed full-time, there’s a faster way to flex: find a flexible job where you work now. Take the quiz to check if your your boss will say Yes to your request for a flexible work arrangement.