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Hello my name is Regina Reynolds, I am going take telecommuting. As stated in Chapter 3 trends that will impact work in the future telecommuting will grow from 15 million to over 50 million by year 2010.
I telecommute because of where I work; it's not public transportation accessible. I do spend every day about 30 to maybe 45 mins to work each day. Traffic is the least congested when there is no accidents reported on that day going into work. Timing is very important I can say if you leave before or by 8am traffic is not congested. Coming home is a different story rush hour use to start around 2:30 but because there is construction being done to build train station traffic is all day non-stop.
I work in a law firm in Virginia where there is free parking, high traffic shopping and restaurants. Commuting to Virginia you has just highways/freeways to commute, unlike working downtown Washington, DC there are streets and majority of them are one ways.
A lot of people like to have the option of either driving or using public transportation it depends on where you live if this is an option for you. For me I am closer to Washington, DC but it was taking me longer to drive. On the other hand when taken public transportation I can't depend on the public transportation to get me home faster before daycare closes to pick up my daughter.
Here in metropolitan area known as Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia I can say 90% of people I like telecommuting on public transportation I have worked and work with people coming as far as 50+miles each way to get to work and it's because salary's being made in our area if the money is right people are telecommuting and the distance where I work you are compensated.
This type of work environment was even popular when I was fresh out of high school. I graduated high school in 1993 and just out of school I got a job that was listed in the classified section of the local newspaper for an appointment setter. I was to come to the best western hotel for the interview and I thought this was a little strange since the job was for a construction company. So the whole way to the interview I asked myself why a hotel for the interview? The reason for this was in fact the job was to work at home and set appointments for the free estimates the company offered to clients. So they would have their calls from one of the extensions forwarded to your house and then I would then fax over at the end of the week the appointments that I set for the upcoming week. They said it is a telecommuting job and I had no idea what this really meant until I sat and interviewed with them. It was a good job but when I had my kids I could no longer do the job because the job required your home to be a quite work place and by far mine was not with a baby that had colic. I liked the freedom of no traffic and no uniforms for work. Good post
Hello team D, my name is Denise Vermellion and I will write on contract work. Contract work is where the employer will lease you just like you lease a car and this is done for the duration of how long it will take to get the desired work to be done and you would really not be considered an employee for the company that is leasing you just like you don't own the car. Companies are doing this type of thing because it saves them money and time.
A lot of employers are now making their employees independent contractors this being because it is cheaper for the company. The company does not have to match social security tax paid in or the Medicare tax. The company also saves money due to not having to pay for workers compensation. The company also would not have to offer benefits to that employee. The company would also not have to pay overtime or holiday pay. This would be how the company would benefit. The company would also have some draw backs to this which could include but not limited to the following, it could be harder for them to find people to fill the job openings.
This type of work could benefit the employee also because normally when you are an independent contractor you make your own work hours. So for someone like me who is always on the go it seems being able to make you own hours for work is great. This type of work is also a downfall for the employees involved because at the end of the year you have to pay what they call self employment tax and this in addition to the federal, state, and local tax that we all may be used to. This type of tax needs to be paid because throughout the year the company pays no tax on the employee. Also with this type of work the employee will need to pay social security and Medicare tax throughout the year quarterly which most of us are not used to doing. The other drawback of this type of work normally requires the employee to have a car and then because you are using your car for a job you are required by law to carry a higher amount of insurance so therefore you need to pay higher premiums.
I know personally I have been working in this type of working environment for the past 15 years and I enjoy it despite all the extra taxes you need to pay. This being the fact that normally I work twenty hours for the same rate of pay that my sister works for at forty hour a week job in retail as an employee.
Denise, this type of work has a lot of positives and negatives.
I met with a few people that were contract workers both in the states and overseas and the both had good points and bad points. Good topic
A virtual office is a controlled telephone answering or email response service that receives and routes telephone or email messages daily. With the technology we have now days your office can be anywhere where you are at. You can be at home, in your car, at the gym, on the beach, etc. A virtual office is used if you are running a business and you have constant phone calls or emails coming in. If you have a virtual office everything could be planned and setup so all calls and emails are either sent directly to you are one of your employers working for you to take care of all business issues.
I would say that a virtual office can be very helpful due to some businesses being extremely busy and not all customers can get as fast as they would like. If you call and there is a virtual office set up you are usually guaranteed to get the assistance you need whether by phone or email.
The information in your post tells a lot of good information about a virtual office. I also would add that a lot of online schools are using a virtual office for the enrollment process. I know this because my cousin moved in with me in Dec and I enrolled her into Pa Cyber School which is online public school here in Pennsylvania and they used the best western hotel conference room as there office. I think with the advancement of technology you will definitely see a higher demand for these types of offices.
Between the ages of 20 and 30, most people have more than 8 jobs. This is a positive thing for a number of reasons. First of all, Daniel Gilbert, psychologist at Harvard, says that we really don't know what we'll like until we try it. So having a lot of jobs when you start your adult life is a good way to figure out what to do with your adult life.
But, job hopping is a good thing for everyone to do ââ‚¬" not just twenty some things ââ‚¬" because it's a way to maintain passion in your work. Frequent changes keep your learning curve high and your challenges fresh. Finally, frequent job hopping, coupled with high performance allows you to build a professional network much faster than someone who stays in one position over a long period of time. And a vibrant network will make finding jobs easier, so job hopping will not be a difficult path.
Human resource people complain a lot about job hopping. They say companies would rather hire someone who stays a long time at companies because that will mean the person will stay a long time at their company. Of course this is true.
It's clear that job hopping benefits the employee, not the employer. But when the majority of young people are job hopping, and companies are having a hard time attracting young people to work recruiters don't have the luxury of writing people off just because they job hopped. Recruiters write people off because their resume looks like they won't contribute enough to the company.
So, the trick with job hopping is to make sure your resume always shows that you make a huge contribution wherever you go. That can be independent of job duration. You can show that you are loyal to a company by exceeding their expectations with your outstanding performance. Loyalty is about delivery. Show that on your resume, the same place you show job hopping.
A resume is not a laundry list of job and duties. It's a document about a story. You resume needs to show the story of a person who contributes in large ways wherever you go.
Think about this. Someone wrote a great Super Bowl ad, then six months later went to Nike and launched a new shoe that's a success, and a year later went to Google and rebranded some of their software to increase user base 50%. Most people would not care that this person was job hopping. Most people would want to hire this person, even if he only stayed a little bit.
Of course, most of you don't have such enormous accomplishments, but you probably do have accomplishments. And you do have a story about how you chose to leave when you did. When I explained my own job hopping, I talked about how I went to companies, launched great, successful software products, and then moved on. I never felt the job hopping held me back, though I always had to explain it in interviews.
That's the thing about job hopping. People want to hear an explanation that makes sense. They don't want to hear you failed, or didn't get along with people, or have no attentions.
I understand what you are saying about job hopping, I have done my fair share of job hopping. I always thought that you should not list jobs that you did not spend more than a year at on your resume. The information you listed here about job hopping has made it clear to me that listing this employment will be a benefit because it does show the different types of work you can do. I understand from what you stated not to just list the skills you got from the job but write a little summary explaining what you did at and for the company. I will try this on my next resume and then I probably would not have to come up with an answer for the ever so dreaded question of why the gap in employment? I never know how to answer this question. Thank you for the helpful information.
Denise, I have learned over the years that almost everything we do can be used as an asset to the resume. Volunteer work, helping a friend work on a project, and temporary work. Experience is just that and can benefit a current or future job.
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Janice, your main post was very well written and very descriptive. I myself have had my fare share of job hopping. I use to look at it as a horrible thing but then I go back and look at it and I know that I have so much experience in several types of jobs. I will continue on my journey growing, working and learning new things everyday to make me a stronger person as well as a stronger worker.
I also looked at job hopping as a bad thing until I read Janice's post here about job hopping. I also came to terms that job hopping has made me more employable because I now have many new skills I would have not acquired had I not job hopped when I was starting out in the work field. Nice working with you. Good luck.
Denise, I agree with you. Job hopping from one field of work to a whole other field of work is going to help you learn so many new skills. It is nice to see that there are people out there that don't completely look down upon job hoping. Thank you and good luck to you as well. I'm looking forward with working with you.
I have never had a job, although I did run a company for two years with my husband and I loved it. I have been a stay-at-home mom since high school and my husband has taken care of me for 13 years. I wanted to go to school to get an education to add more to my resume than volunteer work. I plan on finding a career as opposed to a job, but I know that experience with different jobs is what I need to get a career started :(
I agree with promoting alternative work patterns. I believe that the more you have to place on a resume, the more chances you have that the experience will catch the eye of an employer. Working at multiple places provides the assumption that one may understand and work better with others through much experience with a vast co-worker and consumer background. There is much to be learned from working at many places that can be brought to a new work place. It all comes down to knowledge through a mix of valuable experiences.
I understand that you do not have work experience to offer on your resume but you still have skills. We all develop skills through everything we see or do. Just remember that because you have never done something with your own hands doesn't mean that you don't have the skill to do it. We all can do whatever we put our minds to. People say they wish life would come with an instruction manual but in reality it does it is an unwritten one that we write along the way. This manual is written with things we see, do, and hear. We all do research on the internet when a loved one is sick right? Well why could we not research things that we need to reach our goals in life? Just remember to include everything you encounter in life in that instruction manual and then when it is time to write that resume just pull out the information you would like to share with the interviewer. Remember nobody needs to know everything that you have encountered unless you want them too. Keep your head held up high and keep pushing forward to meet your goals and you will succeed in the career of your choice. Good luck to you.