FlexJobs, a job posting site advertising scam-free telecommuting job leads, realized a 118 percent growth in remote opportunities between 2012 and 2013. As the marketplace changes, so must the workforce, it seems.
Companies are becoming increasingly receptive to and dependent on remote and contingent staff. Findings from The Atlantic, the U.S. Census Bureau, and U.S. News & World Report corroborate significant growth in these jobs in recent years. And it’s no wonder why; telecommuting programs are budget- and environment-friendly, and virtual collaboration and file-sharing technologies are free or low-cost.
FlexJobs’ CEO, Sara Sutton Fell, predicts that telecommuting will continue to pick up steam in the years to come, with the majority of employers offering some kind of flexible work program. So what does this mean for recruiters?
For one thing, there may be far fewer geographic limitations. If there is no on-site component to the work, candidates can be found in any corner of the globe, with the only additional considerations being language fluency and availability during the company’s expected work hours.
Otherwise, clarity is key. Job posts that don’t specify the option to work remotely won’t attract job seekers who are primarily or exclusively pursuing telecommuting gigs.