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Fall Brings Wave of Home-Based Jobs
By Christine Durst & Michael Haaren
August 30, 2012
Each year as the summer ends and fall begins, we see new recruiting
drives from employers of home-based workers. This year continues the
trend, with some companies announcing thousands of openings.
TELETECH SEEKS 7,500 PART-TIME AGENTS
Just this week, TeleTech, a provider of business process outsourcing
services, announced that it seeks approximately 7,500 home-based
agents. (For disclosure, TeleTech is an advertiser on our website,
According to the company’s press release, the openings “are
for seasonal, part-time customer experience associates, technical
service support and bilingual talent across 41 states and Washington
D.C.” For details, see the announcement here.
APPLE, CONVERGYS ALSO SEEK HOME-BASED AGENTS
Other companies such as Apple and Convergys continue to boost their
home-based workforces as they see the rises in productivity, loyalty
and real-estate savings that come with telework. A well-known 2009 Cisco study,
for example, showed that the company’s telework program produced
$277 million in annual savings from increased productivity alone.
Apple continues to hire home-based advisors. According to the
company’s recent job descriptions, “As an Apple At-Home
Advisor, you’ll be supporting many of our popular products, from
iPhones to iPads to MacBooks to desktop Macs.” As an iTunes
advisor, “you will take inquires from our customers to assist
with diagnosing issues and handling account and product
For more on jobs at Apple, see http://www.apple.com/jobs/us/index.html.You
can also find the openings by using search terms such as “Apple
at-home advisor.” CareerBuilder and other job boards often list
Apple’s virtual positions as well.
Convergys, a long-time employer of home-based agents, also continues to
hire. (For disclosure, Convergys also advertises on our website.)
According to the company, “Responsibilities include processing
customer orders and sales, providing and receiving various information,
up-selling client products, plus handling miscellaneous customer
service and general information calls via the phone or Internet.”
For more on Convergys’ positions, see http://www.convergys.com/company/careers/work-at-home.
As blogs continue their march into the mainstream and are seen as
indispensable for many large websites, jobs for bloggers open up, too.
For example, SportsBlog.com recently posted a job at ProBlogger.net
seeking “32 NFL bloggers.” BloggingPro.com also posts many
openings for bloggers, copywriters and the like.
Similarly, About.com (recently sold by the New York Times Company to
Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp.) employs hundreds of
home-based writers for its 900-plus “Guide sites.” The
company continues to hire writers to cover a wide array of themes and
topics. These range from asthma to bed-and-breakfasts to homeschooling,
cheerleading, poker and beyond.
For more, go to About.com and click on “Write for About” at the bottom of the page on the right.
Christine Durst and Michael Haaren are leaders in the work-at-home
movement and advocates of de-rat-raced living. Their latest book
is Work at Home Now,
a guide to finding home-based jobs. They offer additional guidance on
finding home-based work at www.RatRaceRebellion.com. To read features
by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators
Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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