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'We Need 7,000 Home-Based Employees'
By Christine Durst & Michael Haaren
Oct. 11, 2012
fall as the holidays approach, we see a surge in home-based jobs. This
year is no different. Thousands of seasonal customer-service jobs are
open now. Many of these seasonal slots can also lead to permanent
positions. Here’s the story.
Online Employers Hire Early for the Holidays
It may seem premature to be hiring for the holidays, but not in the
work-at-home world. Employers need time to advertise their openings,
process applications, do telephone or other interviews, and train new
hires. (Training is usually done remotely, at home.)
Thousands of Employees Needed Now
Below are some of the larger recruiting drives going on now. Due to
taxes and other factors, some jobs are not open in all 50 states; check
company websites for details. (For disclosure, TeleTech, Arise and
Convergys also advertise on our work-at-home website,
Most positions involve assisting customers on in-bound calls. Jobs may
be part-time or full-time, with various shifts open. Hourly pay usually
ranges from $8 to $15 with incentives. Bilingual agents are often paid
more than monolingual employees.
Depending on their needs, some companies will offer permanent positions
to exceptional seasonal employees. Regardless, doing your best will
help assure a good reference and increase your chances of being hired
when the next job comes up.
company recently notified us that between September and December
they’ll be hiring more than 7,000 part-time seasonal employees.
“Virtual training is completed from the employee’s home
(scheduled training, facilitator-led), with classes beginning weekly
through November. Candidates must have their own computer that meets
our technical requirements, plus a land line and high-speed
Types of positions include customer service representatives, sales
representatives and technical support representatives. For more, see
Flower delivery service Teleflora recently announced that it seeks 500
seasonal work-at-home agents. Agents “help customers choose and
order the perfect flower arrangements to celebrate milestones like
birthdays or anniversaries or assist customers with choosing the
perfect holiday floral gift for loved ones and
Per the company, applications are being accepted through November 1. For details, see
Virtual Solutions notified us that they seek to hire 14,000 agents.
Agents are independent contractors. “Pay rates usually range
between $9 and $16 per hour. Arise has a flexible scheduling system
that lets you choose the companies and industries you want to support
and the hours you want to work, down to the 30-minute increment.”
For more, see http://partner.arise.com.
Convergys.com: Convergys seeks 300 home-based agents, with applications being accepted through early December. The pay rate is $9 per hour.
“We’re accepting applications from the 48 contiguous
states, with special preference given to the following states:
Kentucky, Kansas, New York, Texas, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington.
Training is virtual and fully paid.” For details, see
notified us that they’re hiring both permanent and temporary
agents, in “customer care, technical support, and sales support,
across multiple channels (telephonic, email, chat, social media,
etc.).” Per the company, base hourly pay usually starts between
$9.00 and $11.28.
Sitel currently employs agents in 34 states and in Ontario, Canada. For
more, go to http://www.sitel.com, then scroll down and click on
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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