The Super Simple Guide to Using FlexJobs
You’ve found the best job service for full-time, freelance, and part-time flexible and remote jobs—FlexJobs! You are excited to get started, but what are the steps to ensure that you are using FlexJobs to its fullest potential?
This step-by-step guide will show you the wealth of resources and benefits offered by FlexJobs. We are committed to providing a great, user-friendly site and to helping job seekers find their perfect flexible job.
So you’ve just found FlexJobs and are excited about the opportunities we have with great flexible employers. Here’s how to get started:
1. Take a look at the current job opportunities in our jobs database. This will allow you to see the available job openings being offered across more than 50 different job categories. Once you join as a member, you’ll be able to see the hiring companies and instructions to apply to any job.
2. Decide how long you might be using FlexJobs. When you have found a few positions that look interesting to you, you will need to decide on the best subscription level for your job searching needs.
3. Proceed to the registration page to enter your information and to gain immediate access to the full job listings, weekly newsletter, and industry information. After you’ve registered and subscribed to the site, you will move on to the benefits of membership and how to use your account.
Using FlexJobs as a New Member
There are a few steps that all new members should take to ensure they are using their membership to its fullest potential.
Set up a Resume Profile
There are a couple of reasons to set up a resume profile, but it is most important to have an active profile on your account. This will allow you to easily apply to jobs, allow employers to recruit you for positions, and allow the automated system to match you with “New Jobs of Interest” that have been recently posted to the database. For more help with setting up your resume profile, we created a video to walk you through the process.
Search for Jobs
When it comes to searching for jobs, you have a few options. First, you can pursue our list of over 50 job categories. You can search by location, scroll our list of work-from-anywhere jobs or U.S. remote jobs, or you can check out our list of the newest flexible jobs posted to our site in all categories.
We highly recommend getting familiar with the advanced search options. Here you can use the main filters, such as keywords, location, job type, categories, career level, and remote work level. Our blog post about keyword searches explains each field on the advanced search page and the most efficient ways to use the search functions.
Use our Job Search Checklist
FlexJobs’ job search checklist is a perfect way for members to take advantage of their membership. Comprised of eight sections, the checklist offers essential blog posts to read to help you understand FlexJobs and how to use our site, how to prepare your resume, best practices during a job search, interview help, job application guidance, networking tips, cover letter tips, and how to use social media in your job search.
Learn the Different Job Accolades
Each employer has their own policies related to the type of flexibility they are offering and what kind of candidate they are interested in employing. By understanding how to read the jobs icons present on FlexJobs, you will be a more informed job seeker. These icons will tell you what location a job is hiring in, what awards a company has won, the level of remote work offered, and more.
When it comes to awards and accolades for employers you’ll see on our site, some of the most notable are:
- Top 100 Companies to Watch for Remote Jobs
- Fortune 500
- Inc 500
- Forbes 2000
If you find a company you’re particularly interested in, hit the blue “+Follow” button at the top right-hand side of the employer page. This will add the company to your saved searches and you will be alerted when jobs from this company are posted. If you’ve signed up to receive job notification emails, jobs from your followed companies will also be included there.
Check Out Your Dashboard
The “My Dashboard” page is where you’ll find information related to your job searches on FlexJobs and lots of resources to help you along the way. You can find a history of the jobs you’ve viewed, jobs you’ve saved, free skills tests, a calendar of upcoming events happening at FlexJobs, remote job market trends in your state, and access to our career coaching service and member savings offers. Consider this page your “home base” on FlexJobs.
Utilize the Learning Center
Our Learning Center is a one-stop shop where members can access video courses, downloadable guides, webinars, and career coaching assistance.
FlexJobs also teamed up with LinkedIn Learning to create four different courses, and they are free for FlexJobs users. You can also have access to two downloadable guides, multiple webinar recordings, and curriculum courses for developing soft skills.
Meet with a Career Coach
FlexJobs offers expert career coaches to help you at any step of your job search. Our discounted rate is up to 65% less than you’ll find elsewhere. During a virtual career coaching session, you can get support and guidance, learn job search tactics, practice job interviewing, and get answers to any questions you have.
Each week our career coaches also do a members-only live Q&A discussion. This is a great way to get advice, resources, and tips.
Take Advantage of Member Savings
FlexJobs provides valuable discounts to members on products and services that support your job search and your lifestyle. These member savings include deals from Dell, Audible, Sittercity, Costco, and more.
Get Social with FlexJobs
Stay up to date with what is happening at FlexJobs by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest. And don’t forget to sign up for 1 Million for Work Flexibility to stay connected with the movement to increase flexibility in employment.
Talk to FlexJobs
If you have any questions about your account, the website, or how FlexJobs can assist you in finding great flexible positions, please feel free to reach out to our client services team. To help you even further, twice a month the client services team hosts a live Q&A discussion about the best tips and practices to get the most out of your FlexJobs subscription.
Our Commitment to Help FlexJobs Members
We are committed to having successful job seekers, and we want to make your job transition as pleasant as possible. Happy job searching!
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Jess Vyvial-Larson, FlexJobs’ Director of Client Services
Jess Vyvial-Larson is Director of Client Services at FlexJobs, the leading site for telecommuting and flexible job openings. Jess spends her workdays helping FlexJobs members make the most of their membership, and she provides tips and guidance for using FlexJobs.…Read More >
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