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Experts in flexible job market details the fastest-growing flexible career categories, the most popular flexible career categories, and surprising flexible job listings
According to a recent survey, 71% of employees are so unhappy with their jobs that they are currently looking to change employers. The majority of respondents cite stress as a major factor and believe their jobs are having a significant impact on their mental health. A key solution to this is work flexibility, both for workers and for employers trying to retain employees.
A FlexJobs’ survey of over 5,000 job seekers found that 86% of job seekers believe a flexible job would help them be less stressed. Additionally, 45% said a job with flexibility would have a huge improvement on their overall quality of life and 52% said it would have a positive impact. A “flexible job” is defined as a professional-level job that has a telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, or freelance component.
Jobs that offer flexible work options are increasing and available in a wide variety of industries. To shine a light on the fastest-growing career fields, FlexJobs analyzed job listings from the past year to identify the top 10 career categories in which the number of flexible job listings has increased significantly--more than 20%. Accounting & Finance, Advertising & PR, and Ecommerce are among these high growth fields, indicating they are likely to be strong job categories for flexible job seekers in 2018 as well.
“Work flexibility has many proven benefits and even more anecdotal benefits--including less stress, better health, higher levels of job satisfaction and engagement, and reduced burnout--so it’s not surprising to hear that job seekers are increasingly interested in finding a flexible job,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “The good news is that the opportunities in the flexible job market are continuing to grow and diversify, with the availability of flexible jobs increasing as well as the number of companies offering flexible work arrangements. In fact, FlexJobs’ database now totals over 49,000 organizations hiring for jobs with remote, freelance, part-time, and flexible schedules, including major companies like Toyota, Macy's, and Boston Scientific,” Sutton Fell concluded.
The top 10 flexible career categories that have grown the most since January 1, 2017, plus common job titles within those categories, are:
Some surprising flexible jobs currently hiring include:
The career categories with the highest overall number of flexible jobs listings during 2017 are Medical & Health, Administrative, Customer Service, Sales, and Computer & IT. FlexJobs also recently determined the fastest-growing flexible jobs for 2018 and the Top 50 Companies Hiring for Flexible Jobs.
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As job market strengthens, more job seekers willing to quit their jobs to find flexible work
With the unemployment rate at a 17-year low of 4.1% and an increasingly tight labor market, job seekers are strongly positioned for successful job searches as 2018 approaches. By comparing the most recent data on the fastest-growing occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to the jobs in its own database, FlexJobs has determined which quickly-growing jobs also come with flexible work options, such as a telecommuting arrangement, a flexible or part-time schedule, or freelance work.
“With hiring practices steadier in the U.S. throughout 2017, workers are becoming more confident in their employment options, and ready to take advantage of a stronger job market to find a flexible job that better suits their lives,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “In fact, the number of people who say they’ve quit a job due to lack of flexibility has nearly doubled from 17% in 2014 to 32% in 2017, indicating just how important work flexibility has become to job seekers across all generations and demographics.”
Ordered from highest to lowest, occupations with the highest percent change of employment between 2016-26 that also offer flexible work options are below. Each occupation is projected to grow at least 25%. The 2016 median salary information is also included.
To help guide flexible job seekers in their 2018 job search, FlexJobs recommends three main steps they can take to quit an inflexible job to find a more flexible work arrangement.
1. Educate themselves on flexible work options: Many don’t realize just how many flexible work options are available across industries and career levels, or how many flexible and remote jobs are currently offered by employers. FlexJobs saw a 17% increase in the number of flexible jobs posted in its database between Sept 2016 and Oct 2017.
2. Identify the prefered type(s) of flexible work options:
Remote jobs (work from home either some or all of the time)
Flexible schedule jobs (some control over your daily schedule)
Part-time jobs (career-level, professional jobs that offer part-time hours)
Freelance jobs (project-based and consulting-type jobs where you are self-employed and work with one or more clients at a time)
3. Refine flexible work application materials: FlexJobs recommends key tactics for writing resumes and cover letters when applying for flexible jobs. Resources include
Video: how to craft resumes and cover letters for flexible jobs.
Remote.co’s “Hiring Remotely” section details how 130+ companies hire remote workers.
To help those struggling to land a job, global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. will suspend normal business operations for two days so its staff of professional job-search coaches can provide free advice to callers from across the country.
The firm’s 32nd annual national job-search call-in will be held on December 27 and 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT. The telephone number is 312-422-5010.
Find out how to get free job search advice
As an outplacement firm, Challenger, Gray & Christmas provides job-search training and transition counseling to individuals who have been laid off. The firm’s services are typically available only to those who receive outplacement benefits from their former employer. The two-day call-in is the only time the general public can take advantage of Challenger’s job-search expertise.
According to CEO John Challenger, searching online job boards and sending out ‘hundreds of resumes,’ is not going to cut it in this job market. It is critical to aggressively build and take advantage of one’s professional and social networks in order to uncover the hidden job market and gain entry into the recruiting process through back channels.
“Sometimes, all it takes to jump-start a job search is some insight from a third party. It helps when that third party is a job-search professional. The coaches fielding these calls are experts in how to land a position and advance your career,” said Challenger.
“As much as we would like to, our call-in is not intended to place callers into open jobs. Nor can our coaches review callers’ resumes or point them toward specific opportunities. What they can do is help callers with networking strategies and interviewing techniques; provide advice on how to answer employer’s questions about a long absence from the workplace or a termination; or suggest ways to uncover the hidden job market,” added Challenger.
“In the past, we have fielded calls from recent armed forces veterans about ways to translate their military experience for private-sector employers. We have helped older job seekers overcome doubts about finding employment ‘at their age.’ We have provided advice to stay-at-home parents re-entering the job market after several years of child-rearing. We have helped recent college grads, and advised those who may have something on their permanent records preventing them from getting a job. Our coaches will help in any way they can in the short time they have to interact with the individual,” said Challenger.
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Networking poses potential pitfalls, even for those at the peak of their profession. What's the top mistake executives make? According to Canadian CFOs in a Robert Half Management Resources survey, it's not asking for help from their network (29 per cent). The No. 2 blunder, respondents reported, is failing to connect with the right people (27 per cent).
CFOs were asked, "Which one of the following is the greatest networking mistake executives make?" Their responses*:
Not asking for help
Failing to connect with the right people
Failing to keep in touch or only reaching out when they need something
Not thanking contacts when they provide help
Not helping others
*Responses do not total 100 per cent due to rounding.
"It is never too late to learn, even for executives who have been at the helm for years," David King, Canadian president of Robert Half Management Resources. "As business evolves, so do the tools and skills needed to keep up with new demands. The insights gained through a robust professional network can provide valuable guidance in navigating these changes."
Added King, "To stay on top of business trends, innovations and opportunities, connect with a variety of professionals, like less tenured team members who may be more technologically proficient, and establish an open dialogue for sharing resources and expertise."
Robert Half Management Resources offers questions for executives to answer to gain more confidence when reaching out to their network:
Additional networking advice for executives is on the Robert Half blog.
About the Research
The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources and conducted by an independent research firm. It is based on telephone interviews with more than 270 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies in Canada.
About Matt Krumrie
In addition to writing resumes, Krumrie has published over 2,000 career and job search articles for CollegeRecruiter,