The coronavirus outbreak has transformed the American workplace almost overnight, with many companies switching to a 100% work-from-home model as a temporary alternative—and many other companies reducing hours or instituting layoffs.
According to Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, which helps connect workers with flexible full-time and part-time work, this moment might be the start of a bigger change, perhaps for the better.
"While these dire times may introduce many more people to the reality that remote work is a viable way to conduct business, there are already a number of companies whose entire workplace model is built on remote work," says Sutton. "Most likely, I think this difficult situation will lead to more people and companies working remotely over the long term."
Whether you've been recently laid off or you're looking for ways to make money from home while the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect daily life, below are more than 50 companies that are currently hiring for remote positions in popular categories. Companies in bold are fully virtual, allowing all of their team members to telecommute 100% of the time.
Medical + Health
Tech + IT
Education + Training
Accounting + Finance
Marketing + Media
Looking for a remote job? Follow these expert tips for job seekers who want to work from home:
- Look for companies with remote experience. Target companies that have a solid remote-work track record—they're most likely to have the infrastructure and experience to continue hiring in uncertain times.
- Know the most popular fields for remote work. Certain career fields have a larger number of remote jobs than others. If you have experience in technology, finance, sales, training, education or health, you're likely to find more listings.
- Watch out for scams. In your job search, stick to keywords like "telecommute job," "remote job," "distributed team," and "virtual job" and avoid phrases that scammers use, specifically "work from home" and "work at home."
- Be persistent. Many companies are slowing down their hiring as they regroup and transition to remote work. Don't be discouraged. Keep at your remote job search, research contacts at companies you reach out to, and customize your resume and cover letter for every application based on the most relevant keywords in the job description. Now is the time to be a "perfect" job seeker.
- Highlight your remote job-friendly skills. Add your remote job-friendly skills to your resume, cover letter, and online profiles, such as independent work, time management, written and verbal communication, troubleshooting abilities, and proactivity with questions and ideas. Include a list of remote-specific technology you're familiar with, such as IM programs (Slack, Google Chat), file sharing (Dropbox), document collaboration (Google Drive), video conferencing (Zoom, GoToMeeting, Skype), and other remote collaboration tools.
- Have previous remote work experience? Spotlight it. Make sure that's displaying throughout your resume, LinkedIn profile, and other application materials. This includes occasional remote work, partial remote, and fully remote work. Remote volunteering, working from an office but across time zones or physically separate from your coworkers or clients—this is all remote work experience to showcase!