10 automotive jobs for people who love cars

10 automotive jobs for people who love cars

Mechanic working on a car engine

As a car lover, you don’t just love to drive—you’re passionate about the craftsmanship of cars and are curious about the engineering that goes in to each vehicle. Well, your love for cars doesn’t have to end in your garage. Auto jobs can put you on the fast track to a great career.

According to Statista, 79 million automobiles are expected to be sold around the world by the end of 2019, and skilled workers will need to care for all those cars.

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Payscale, Monster found 10 car jobs that can help you shift your career into high gear.

Auto body technician

What you’d do: Love rolling up your sleeves and tinkering with your car? You might be the perfect fit for a career as an auto body technician, where you’d be responsible for safely and efficiently fixing customers’ cars, whether it’s repairing car frames, suspensions, wheel alignments, or otherwise.
What you’d need: There’s no bachelor’s degree for auto body technicians, but employers do prefer to hire people with an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification, or a similar degree. View this sample resume for an auto mechanic.
What you’d make: $39,550 per year

Find auto body technician jobs on Monster.

Automotive engineer

What you’d do: There are many considerations when designing and building cars—safety, style, fuel efficiency—the list goes on and on. Automotive engineers design new cars and seek to improve current models. Along the way, they’re given many different challenges, depending on the manufacturer’s needs (for example, designing a car that you’ll be able to drive fast andmeet fuel efficiency requirements).
What you’d need: Automotive engineer applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field—mechanical engineering, for example. STEM skills are important to have, as well as problem-solving and analytical skills
What you’d make: $85,880 per year

Find automotive engineer jobs on Monster.

Auto sales manager

What you’d do: Auto sales managers are the proverbial drivers who keep car dealerships in motion. From forecasting to managing a sales team and maintaining inventory levels, you’d oversee many moving parts, while also helping customers choose the perfect vehicle and sign on the dotted line.
What you’d need: Typically a bachelor’s degree in management or business is helpful in landing a job, plus a few years of experience in sales and/or management. View this sample resume for a sales manager.
What you’d make: $79,377 per year

Find auto sales manager jobs on Monster.

Automotive instructor

What you’d do: Working in a classroom/shop environment, automotive instructors teach students (high school or college, usually) about topics like engine repair, transportation, and others related to common automotive industry careers. This job is a perfect opportunity to share your passion for cars with others.
What you’d need: Along with a bachelor’s degree, automotive instructors that work in public schools (many do) may need a teaching license.
What you’d make: $54,269 per year

Find automotive instructor jobs on Monster.

Car detailer

What you’d do: Cars get dirty—it’s inevitable—and that’s where car detailers come in. You’d restore that coveted new-car look and feel by cleaning cars’ interiors and exteriors, including windows, wheels, and more.
What you’d need: No formal education or degree is required to become an auto detailer, but on-the-job training would teach you about which auto cleaning products (such as waxes, detergents, and polishes) are used to get the job done.
What you’d make: $32,137 per year

Find car detailer jobs on Monster.

Car rental agent

What you’d do: From vacationers to business travelers, Americans rent a lot of cars. As a car rental agent, you’d help customers rent the vehicle of their choice, handle documentation, and answer their questions.
What you’d need: No formal education degree is required to become a car rental agent. On top of stellar customer service, car rental agents must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record, as well as basic knowledge of car parts.
What you’d make: $11 per hour

Find car rental agent jobs on Monster.

Tire technician

What you’d do: Think about how much wear and tear tires endure on a regular basis—their upkeep is an essential part of a car’s longevity. Tire technicians service customers’ tires, replacing and repairing them. Oftentimes they’ll work as part of a larger automotive technician team at a warehouse or auto body shop.
What you’d need: A high school diploma and valid driver’s license will get you in the door. Strong math skills and experience in car repair are plusses.
What you’d make: $11.96 per hour

Find tire technician jobs on Monster.

Tow truck driver

What you’d do: Feel like being an everyday hero? Tow truck drivers show up in emergency situations to rescue broken down and damaged cars (not to mention the owners of those cars), and safely transport them to a local garage for repairs.
What you’d need: A valid driver’s license and clean driving record will get you in the door. You may also need a commercial driver’s license (CDL), depending on the company. View this sample resume for a truck driver.
What you’d make: $30,389 per year

Find tow truck driver jobs on Monster.

Valet

What you’d do: Many higher-end clubs, restaurants, and hotels employ valets to park guests’ cars safely in their parking lots and retrieve them when guests are ready to leave, allowing you to experience getting behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles—if only for a few minutes.
What you’d need: You’ll need a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record, top-notch customer service skills, and have a habit of being punctual—no one wants to wait for their car.
What you’d make: $22,810 per year

Find valet jobs on Monster.

Vehicle inspector

What you’d do: If a car is making a funny noise or just isn’t performing as it should, a vehicle inspector is put on the case. As a vehicle inspector, two of the most common questions you’ll investigate is whether or not a car actually needs repairs, and if so, what kind of repairs. Beyond making this diagnosis, vehicle inspectors test drive cars to make sure they’ve been successfully fixed, and also perform post-repair inspections.
What you’d need: Along with a high school diploma, vehicle inspectors typically receive on-the-job training. You’ll need a knowledge of car parts, processes, service standards, as well as vehicle makes and models.
What you’d make: $13 per hour

Find vehicle inspector jobs on Monster.

Rev up your job search

There are plenty of opportunities to put your love and knowledge of cars to work for you—literally. The more you can get in front of hiring managers, the better your odds are of getting the call. Need some help? Join Monster for free today. As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume—each tailored to the types of jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates, just like you. Additionally, you can get job alerts sent directly to your inbox to cut down on time spent looking through ads. Pull your career into the fast lane today.

Making the Right Career Move

Imagine that you have an opportunity to move into one of a number of open positions in your organization. Perhaps you are offered two different positions and you have to decide which one you want. So how do you choose the right one for you?

Or perhaps you’re already in a good job, but something that seems to be an even better opportunity comes up in another company. Are you going to make the move?

Having options is great: what a wonderful confidence booster! However, there’s also a lot of pressure trying to decide which option is best.

To make the right choice, you have to decide what factors are most important to you in a new job, and then you have to choose the option that best addresses these factors. However, this operates on two levels – on a rational level and on an emotional, “gut” level. You’ll only truly be happy with your decision if these are aligned. This article gives you a framework for analyzing your options on both levels.

First, we look at things rationally, looking at the job on offer, and also at the things that matter to you. Then, once you’ve understood your options on a rational level, we look at things on an emotional level and think about what your emotions are telling you.

Note:

This framework assumes you are weighing alternatives that are all consistent with your overall career goal. This should be the starting point for any decision you are going to make on what career options to pursue. If the options you’re considering are not aligned with pre-considered plans and goals, it’s time for even more fundamental thinking! For more information on this, read our articles on developing a career strategy  and goal setting .

Rational Analysis

The first step is to look at your choices rationally. Firstly, you’ll look at the quality of the jobs themselves, and secondly you’ll think about the criteria you need for job satisfaction.

Factor One: Job Analysis

A good decision is an informed decision. You’ll need to gather as much information as you sensibly can about the jobs you are considering. OK, this can be a pain, but think about how much future happiness depends on this decision!

Review the Job Description and Other Related Documents

  • What are the key objectives?
  • What competencies are required?
  • What behaviors and outcomes are rewarded?
  • How is remuneration determined?

Tip:

If a job option is with a new organization, gather this information from the recruitment information you’ve been sent about the role, and from discussions with the recruiter.

Analyze Culture Impacts

  • Does the department/organization have a distinct culture?
  • How well do you think you’ll fit in?
  • How are conflicts resolved?
  • How do people work together?
  • How do people dress?
  • What things constitute “doing a great job”?

Analyze Incumbent Success

  • Who has been/is successful in the role?
  • What characteristics do they possess?
  • What skills beyond the job description do they use?

Analyze Available Resources

  • Does the role/department appear to have adequate resources?
  • What human resources are available?
  • How much training and development will be available to you?

Determine Career Progression Path

  • Where have people in this role typically moved?
  • What is the average tenure in the position?

For a more detailed discussion of job analysis , click here .

Armed with the facts about the job, next think about what you are looking for in a great job. Since the whole point is to find the best option for you, you need to do a properly thought-through self-analysis as well.

Factor Two: Analysis of Satisfaction Criteria

Everyone has a different idea of what makes a great job. That’s why not everyone wants to be a doctor and why, thankfully, some people find that cleaning out sewers can be satisfying work.

Use these five sets of criteria when deciding on the factors that are important to you for your job.

1. The Work Itself

What you will be doing on a daily basis should be the primary focus of your satisfaction criteria. Unless the work is satisfying, it may not really matter whether you make vast sums of money, or have a boss you regard as a friend: nothing will seem quite right. The things to consider here include:

  • Job responsibilities.
  • Learning/growth opportunities.
  • Potential for promotion.
  • Future career potential.
  • Authority to make decisions.
  • Leadership/supervision.
  • Variety.
  • Autonomy.
  • Challenge.
  • Self-expression/creativity.
  • Physical environment.

Think about which of these matters most to you, and explore them when you’re discussing the new role.

2. Financial Considerations

What you are paid is important when making any career decision. Your salary and bonus potential determine whether you can buy a new home, purchase a car, go on vacations, or start a family. It’s important that you have a good idea of what you need to achieve a reasonable standard of living. Factors to consider here include:

  • Salary.
  • Benefits.
  • Incentives.
  • Stability/economic security.

Does the job give you these?

3. Culture and Relationships

You will spend a large portion of your day at work. It is important that you get along with your co-workers and feel like you fit in. Sure, there will be minor disagreements along the way. However, you should be comfortable working in the environment, given cultural elements such as dress codes and the way that conflicts are resolved. Ask yourself what you need in terms of:

  • Work relationships (managers, peers, and subordinates).
  • People/Culture/Style.
  • Recognition.
  • Prestige/Title.

4. Work/Life Balance

There can be great merit in maintaining a balance between your home and professional responsibilities, and making enough time for leisure and downtime. You need to look at your life and determine what you need from a job so that you can achieve this balance and maintain it for the long term. Think about things like:

  • Work schedule.
  • Flexibility for family time and other commitments.
  • Time to commute.
  • Travel requirements.

Clearly, though, this depends on your goals. If a major goal of yours is to be a great parent, then work/life balance is important. If your goal, however, is to be CEO and build a great organization, then this necessarily involves carrying a heavy workload.

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5. The Company

The final set of criteria involves looking at the company itself. People tend to want to work for organizations that make them feel good about what they are doing on a daily basis. Look at the following criteria and decide what it is that you need from the company you work for.

  • Size of company.
  • Values.
  • Leadership.
  • Product and quality.
  • Environmental concern.
  • Industry.
  • Geographic location.
  • Corporate image/integrity.
  • Contribution/service to society.

Tip:

These criteria are not just for career options outside your current company. Some internal moves may take you to business units that operate quite differently from the rest of the organization, or produce a different product or service. It’s important to understand your criteria in these areas regardless of whether your move is inside or outside the company.

Now, download our free worksheet, and print off a copy of it for each of the options you’re evaluating.

Instructions: for each job option you’re considering, work through the criteria in the rows of the table one-by-one (we explain these criteria below.) For each criterion, first decide how important it is to you on a scale of 0 (not at all important) to 5 (very important). Next, evaluate how much of the criterion is on offer within the job, using the same scale. Finally, multiply these values together to give the score for that row of the table.

Tip:

This worksheet is based on the Decision Matrix Analysis  tool for decision making. This is a powerful tool that can be used in a variety of situations. A full explanation of how to use this technique on a more general basis is detailed in the Mind Tools article found here .

This type of analysis is very useful in helping you quickly see how well your career options match the criteria you’ve identified as necessary for your satisfaction.

Pulling This Together

Once you’ve worked through the worksheet for each of your options, add up the scores and total them for each worksheet. This gives you an initial score for how each job fits your needs, looked at on a rational basis.

Tip 1:

If some of the scores seem a bit wrong, don’t be afraid to revisit them. Spend as much time as you need to make a rational, properly considered decision.

Tip 2:

This is not necessarily a comprehensive list of factors. If other factors are important to you, build these into your analysis.

Emotional Validation

So far, you’ve looked at the job’s criteria and what you need to be satisfied, in an objective manner. However, it’s also important to consider how your decision feels. You need to get in touch with your inner self and think about how well the career options fit with your overall sense of self and personal fulfillment. Ask yourself:

  • Do I feel like it is the right choice?
  • Do I feel positive about the choice?
  • Does this choice further my career and life goals?

If something doesn’t feel right, then you need to understand why. Are some factors of over-riding importance? Or are other factors important that are not mentioned? Take the time to make sure that you’re comfortable with you analysis, and that you’re confident that you’ve made the right decision, both on a rational and emotional level.

When you have an option that fits both objectively and subjectively, chances are you’ve got a winning career move.

Key Points

Making a career move is a very important decision. It requires serious thought and consideration. You can think long and hard and still not come up with a solution unless you have a framework to use to help you make a decision.

Using the three distinct approaches outlined here – job analysis, analysis of satisfaction criteria, and emotional validation – you can be confident in your decision. Analyzing each element in this way forces you to consider the multidimensional criteria that go into determining a great job fit. With a decision that is valid emotionally as well as on paper, you can be confident that you’ve made the best possible choice.

Finding the Right Career

Reconsidering your career or trapped in a job you hate? Here’s how to choose or change career paths and find more satisfaction in your work.

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The importance of finding meaningful work

Since so much of our time is spent either at work, traveling to and from work, or thinking about work, it inevitably plays a huge role in our lives. If you feel bored or unsatisfied with how you spend large parts of the day, it can take a serious toll on your physical and mental health. You may feel burned out and frustrated, anxious, depressed, or unable to enjoy time at home knowing that another workday lies ahead.

Having to concentrate for long periods on tasks you find mundane, repetitive, or unsatisfying can cause high levels of stress. What’s more, if you don’t find your work meaningful and rewarding, it’s hard to generate the effort and enthusiasm necessary to advance in your job or career. As well as feeling happy and satisfied, you are far more likely to achieve success in an occupation that you feel passionate about.

So how do you gain satisfaction and meaning from your work?

You choose or change careers to something that you love and are passionate about.

Or:

You find purpose and joy in a job that you don’t love.

Whether you’re just leaving school, finding opportunities limited in your current position or, like many in this economy, facing unemployment, it may be time to reconsider your chosen career. By learning how to research options, realize your strengths, and acquire new skills, as well as muster up the courage to make a change, you can discover the career path that’s right for you. Even if you’re trapped in a position you don’t love, with no realistic opportunity for change, there are still ways to find more joy and satisfaction in how you earn a living.

When changing careers isn’t a realistic option

For many of us, career dreams are just that: dreams. The practical realities of paying the bills, putting food on the table and the kids through school mean that you have to spend 40 hours every week doing a job that you don’t enjoy. Or maybe you have to juggle multiple jobs, as well as school or family commitments, just to get by in today’s economy. The idea of making a career change may seem about as realistic as choosing to become a professional athlete or an astronaut.

Still, getting up every morning dreading the thought of going to work, then staring at the clock all day willing it to be time to leave can take a real toll on your health. It can leave you feeling agitated, irritable, disillusioned, helpless, and completely worn out—even when you’re not at work. In fact, having a monotonous or unfulfilling job can leave you just as vulnerable to stress and burnout as having one that keeps you rushed off your feet, and it can be just as harmful to your overall mental health as being unemployed.

Try to find some value in your role. Even in some mundane jobs, you can often focus on how your position helps others, for example, or provides a much needed product or service. Focus on aspects of the job that you do enjoy—even if it’s just chatting with your coworkers at lunch. Changing your attitude towards your job can help you regain a sense of purpose and control.

Find balance in your life. If your job or career isn’t what you want, find meaning and satisfaction elsewhere: in your family, hobbies, or after work interests, for example. Try to be grateful for having work that pays the bills and focus on the parts of your life that bring you joy. Having a vacation or fun weekend activities to look forward to can make a real difference in your working day.

Volunteer—at work and outside of work. Every boss appreciates an employee who volunteers for a new project. Undertaking new tasks and learning new skills at work can help prevent boredom and improve your resume. Volunteering outside of work can improve your self-confidence, stave off depression, and even provide you with valuable work experience and contacts in your area of interest.

Make friends at work. Having strong ties in the workplace can help reduce monotony and avoid burnout. Having friends to chat and joke with during the day can help relieve the stress of an unfulfilling job, improve your job performance, or simply get you through a rough day.

Consider the following steps in this article about planning a career change. Even if it’s a dream that you’re unable to act on at present, having a plan for someday in the future (when the economy picks up, the kids have grown up, or after you’ve retired, for example) can help you feel energized and hopeful, and better able to cope with present difficulties. Simply sending out resumes and networking can make you feel empowered. Also, making a career change can seem far more attainable when there’s no time pressure and you break down the process into smaller, manageable steps.

Discovering new possibilities

Whether you’re embarking on your first career out of school or looking to make a career change, the first step is to think carefully about what really drives you. You might find it hard to get past thinking about “what pays the most” or “what is most secure,” especially in today’s economy. But the truth is, most employees rank job satisfaction above salary in ensuring they feel happy at work. So, unless you’re in a situation where you have to take the first available job to make ends meet, it’s important to focus on your primary interests and passions. This can open doors to careers that you might not have considered. Once you have that foundation, you can start fine tuning your search for the right career. You may be surprised at how you can fit your passions into a new career.

Exploring your career opportunities

  • Focus on the things you love to do. What have you dreamed of doing in the past? What do you naturally enjoy doing? Jot down what comes to mind, no matter how improbable it seems.
  • Look for clues everywhere. Take note of projects or topics that stir your compassion or excite your imagination. Reflect on stories of people you admire. Ask yourself why certain activities make you happy, and pay attention to times when you are really enjoying yourself.
  • Be patient. Remember that your search may take some time and you might have to go down a few different roads before finding the right career path. Time and introspection will help you identify the activities you most enjoy and that bring you true satisfaction.

Overcoming obstacles to career fulfillment

It’s always challenging to consider a huge change in your life, and there may be many reasons why you think changing careers is not possible. Here are some common obstacles with tips on how to overcome them:

It’s too much work to change careers. Where would I ever begin? Changing careers does require a substantial time investment. However, remember that it does not happen all at once. If you sit down and map out a rough plan of attack, breaking down larger tasks into smaller ones, it is a lot more manageable than you think. And if the payoff is a happier, more successful career, it’s worth it.

I’m too old to change careers. I need to stay where I am. If you have worked for a number of years, you may feel that you’ve put too much time and effort into your career to change midstream. Or you may be concerned about retirement and health benefits. However, the more you’ve worked, the more likely you are to have skills that can transfer to a new career. Even if you are close to receiving a pension or other benefits, you can start to plan now for a career transition after retirement.

I don’t have enough skills to consider a new career. You may be unaware of the skills you have, or low self-esteem may lead you to underestimate your marketability. Either way, you probably have more skills than you think. Consider skills you’ve learned not only from your job but also from hobbies, volunteering, or other life experiences. And gaining skills is not an all-or-nothing proposition. You can volunteer once a week or take a night class to move forward, for example, without quitting your current job.

In this economy, I’m lucky to have a job. I don’t want to rock the boat. In today’s climate, it might feel like too much of a risk to consider changing careers. However, if you’re unhappy in your current job, researching other options will only benefit you in the long run. You may discover a career with a more stable, long-term outlook than your current career, for example. And you don’t have to quit your current job until you are confident of your new career path.

What if I’ve already lost my job?

Being unemployed or underemployed can be tremendously stressful. It can increase the pressure of meeting mortgage payments, rent, and other financial obligations. You may feel ashamed for not working, or feel that the loss of your job has stripped you of your identity, both at home and at work. This is especially true if you have worked in the same field for a very long time.

However, unemployment can also have a bright side. It gives you the chance to reflect on your career path. If you’ve been considering a new field, now is the time to research the options and see what might be the right fit for you. You may end up in a much stronger position than if you had originally kept your job.

Finding the right career tip 1: Identify occupations that match your interests

So how do you translate your interests into a new career? With a little research, you may be surprised at the careers that relate to many of the things you love.

Career tests

Different online tools can guide you through the process of self-discovery. Questions, quizzes, and personality assessments can’t tell you what your perfect career would be, but they can help you identify what’s important to you in a career, what you enjoy doing, and where you excel. One example, frequently used by universities and the U.S. government, is the RIASEC/Holland interest scale. It outlines six common personality types, such as investigative, social, or artistic, and enables you to browse sample careers based on the type of personality you most identify with.

Researching specific careers

If you have narrowed down some specific jobs or careers, you can find a wealth of information online, from description of positions to average salaries and estimated future growth. This will also help you figure out the practical priorities: How stable is the field you are considering? Are you comfortable with the amount of risk? Is the salary range acceptable to you? What about commute distances? Will you have to relocate for training or a new job? Will the new job affect your family?

Get support and information from others

While you can glean a lot of information from research and quizzes, there’s no substitute for information from someone currently working in your chosen career. Talking to someone in the field gives you a real sense of the type of work you will actually be doing and if it meets your expectations. What’s more, you will start to build connections in your new career area, helping you land a job in the future. Does approaching others like this seem intimidating? It doesn’t have to be. Networking and informational interviewing are important skills that can greatly further your career.

You may also consider career counseling or a job coach, especially if you are considering a major career shift. Sometimes impartial advice from others can open up possibilities you hadn’t considered.

Tip 2: Evaluate your strengths and skills

Once you have a general idea of your career path, take some time to figure out what skills you have and what skills you need. Remember, you’re not completely starting from scratch—you already have some skills to start. These skills are called transferable skills, and they can be applied to almost any field. Some examples include:

  • management and leadership experience
  • communication (both written and oral)
  • research and program planning
  • public speaking
  • conflict resolution and mediation
  • managing your time effectively
  • computer literacy
  • foreign language fluency

What are my transferable career skills?

To discover your transferable career skills, consider the following:

Don’t limit yourself to just your experiences at work. When you are thinking about your skills, consider all types of activities including volunteering, hobbies, and life experiences. For example, even if you don’t have formal leadership or program planning experience, founding a book club or organizing a toy drive are ways that you have been putting these skills into practice.

List your accomplishments that might fit. Don’t worry about formatting these skills for a resume at this point. You just want to start thinking about the skills you have. It can be a tremendous confidence booster to realize all of the talents you’ve developed.

Brainstorm with trusted friends, colleagues, or mentors. They may be able to identify transferable skills you’ve overlooked or help you better articulate these skills in the future.

Tip 3: Develop your skills and experience

If your chosen career requires skills or experience you lack, don’t despair. There are many ways to gain needed skills. While learning, you’ll also have an opportunity to find out whether or not you truly enjoy your chosen career and also make connections that could lead to your dream job.

How can I gain new career skills?

Utilize your current position. Look for on-the-job training or opportunities to work on projects that develop new skills. See if your employer will pay part of your tuition costs.

Identify resources in the community. Find out about programs in your community. Community colleges or libraries often offer low cost opportunities to strengthen skills such as computing, basic accounting, or business development. Local chambers of commerce, small business administrations, or state job development programs are also excellent resources.

Take classes. Some fields require specific education or skills, such as an additional degree or specific training. Don’t automatically rule out more education as impossible. Many fields have accelerated programs if you already have some education, or you may be able to take night classes or complete part-time schooling so that you can continue to work. Some companies even offer tuition reimbursements if you stay at the company after you finish your education.

Volunteer or work as an intern. Some career skills can be acquired by volunteering or completing an internship. This has the added benefit of getting you in contact with people in your chosen field.

Tip 4: Consider starting your own business

If you’re getting worn down by a long commute or a difficult boss, the thought of working for yourself can be very appealing. And even in a slower economy, it’s still possible to find your perfect niche. Depending on the specialty, some companies prefer to streamline their ranks and work with outside vendors. However, it is especially important to do your homework and understand the realities of business ownership before you jump in.

Make sure you are committed to and passionate about your business idea. You will be spending many long hours getting started, and it may take a while for your business to pay off.

Research is critical. Take some time to analyze your area of interest. Are you filling an unmet need? Especially if you are considering an online business, how likely is your area to be outsourced? What is your business plan, and who are your potential investors?

Expect limited or no earnings to start. Especially in the first few months, you are building your base and may have start-up costs that offset any initial profit. Make sure you have a plan on how to cope during this period.

Tip 5: Manage your career transition

Pace yourself and don’t take on too much at once. Career change doesn’t happen overnight, and it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the steps to successfully make the transition. However, you will get there with commitment and motivation. Break down large goals into smaller ones, and try to accomplish at least one small thing a day to keep the momentum going.

Ease slowly into your new career. Take time to network, volunteer, and even work part-time in your new field before committing fully. It will not only make for an easier transition, but you will have time to ensure that you are on the right path and make any necessary changes before working full-time in your new field.

Take care of yourself. You might be feeling so busy with the career transition that you barely have time to sleep or eat. However, managing stress, eating right, and taking time for sleep, exercise, and loved ones will ensure you have the stamina for the big changes ahead.

Job Networking Tips

The best way to find the right job is by building relationships—and it’s easier than you think. These tips will get you started.

You already know how to network

Are you hesitant to network out of fear of being seen as pushy, annoying, or self-serving? Don’t be. Networking isn’t about using other people or aggressively promoting yourself—it’s about building relationships and connecting with others: people you know, people you don’t really know, and new people you’ve never met before. And while it may sound intimidating, it can be rewarding and fun, even if you’re shy.

Networking is nothing more than getting to know people. Whether you realize it or not, you’re already networking every day and everywhere you go. You’re networking when you strike up a conversation with the person next to you in line, introduce yourself to other parents at your child’s school, meet a friend of a friend, catch up with a former co-worker, or stop to chat with your neighbor. Everyone you meet can help you move your job search forward.

Networking is also about helping others. As human beings, we are wired to connect with others. Without these connections, you can become isolated and experience loneliness and even depression. So the real goal of networking should be to re-invigorate your existing relationships and develop new ones.

Tapping the hidden job market through networking may take more planning and nerve than searching online, but it’s much more effective. Being open to connecting and helping others—in good times and bad—can help you find the right job, make valuable connections in your chosen field, and stay focused and motivated during your job search.

Networking is the best way to find a job because:

  • People conduct business primarily with people they know and like. Resumes and cover letters alone are often too impersonal to convince employers to hire you.
  • Job listings tend to draw piles of applicants, which puts you in intense competition with many others. Networking makes you a recommended member of a much smaller pool.
  • The job you want may not be advertised at all. Networking leads to information and job leads, often before a formal job description is created or a job announced.

Job networking tip 1: You know more people than you think

You may think that you don’t know anyone who can help you with your job search. But you know more people than you think, and there’s a very good chance that at least a few of these people know someone else who can give you career advice or point you to a job opening. You’ll never know if you don’t ask!

Make a list of the people in your network

Your network is bigger than you think it is. It includes all of your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, colleagues, and even casual acquaintances. Start going through your social media accounts and address book and writing down names. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the list grows.

Think about people you know from former jobs, high school and college, church, your child’s school, the gym, social media, or your neighborhood. Also think about people you’ve met through your close connections: your sister’s co-worker; your best friend’s boss; your college roommate’s spouse; friends of your parents; your uncle’s business partner. Don’t forget to include people like your doctor, landlord, accountant, dry cleaner, or yoga instructor.

Yes, you do have a job network, and it’s more powerful than you think:

  • You already belong to many networks (family, friends, colleagues, fellow civic club members, etc.) and your job search network can be natural outgrowth of these primary contacts.
  • Each network connects you to another network (e.g., your child’s teacher can connect you with other parents, schools, and school suppliers).
  • Each member of a network may know of an available job or a connection to someone who will know of one.

Tip 2: Reach out to your network

All the connections in the world won’t help you find a job if no one knows about your situation. Once you’ve drawn up your list, start making contact with the people in your network. Let them know that you’re looking for a job. Be specific about what kind of work you’re looking for and ask them if they have any information or know anyone in a relevant field. Don’t assume that certain people won’t be able to help. You may be surprised by who they know.

Figure out what you want before you start networking

Networking is most effective when you have specific employer targets and career goals. It’s hard to get leads with a generic, “let me know if you hear of anything” request. You may think you’ll have better job luck if you leave yourself open to all the possibilities, but the reality is that this “openness” creates a black hole that sucks all of the networking potential out of the connection.

A generic networking request for a job is worse than no request at all, because you can lose that networking contact and opportunity. Asking for specific information, leads, or an interview is much more focused and easier for the networking source. If you’re having trouble focusing your job search, you can turn to close friends and family members for help, but avoid contacting more distant people in your network until you’ve set clear goals.

Start with your references

When you are looking for a job, start with your references. Your best references—the people who like you and can endorse your abilities, track record, and character—are major networking hubs.

  • Contact each one of your references to network about your possibilities and affirm their agreement to be your reference.
  • Describe your goals and seek their assistance.
  • Keep them informed on your job search progress.
  • Prepare them for any calls from potential employers.
  • Let them know what happened and thank them for their help regardless of the outcome.

If you’re nervous about making contact—either because you’re uncomfortable
asking for favors or embarrassed about your employment situation—try to keep the following in mind:

  • It feels good to help others. Most people will gladly assist you if they can.
  • People like to give advice and be recognized for their expertise.
  • Almost everyone knows what it’s like to be out of work or looking for a job. They’ll empathize with your situation.
  • Unemployment can be isolating and stressful. By connecting with others, you’re sure to get some much needed encouragement, fellowship, and moral support.
  • Reconnecting with the people in your network should be fun—even if you have an agenda. The more it feels like a chore, the more tedious and anxiety-ridden the process will be.

Tip 3: Focus on building relationships

Networking is a give-and-take process that involves making connections, sharing information, and asking questions. It’s a way of relating to others, not a technique for getting a job or a favor. You don’t have to hand out your business cards on street corners, cold call everyone on your contact list, or work a room of strangers. All you have to do is reach out.

Be authentic. In any job search or networking situation, being yourself—the real you—should be your goal. Hiding who you are or suppressing your true interests and goals will only hurt you in the long run. Pursuing what you want and not what you think others will approve of, will always be more fulfilling and ultimately successful.

Be considerate. If you’re reconnecting with an old friend or colleague, take the time to get through the catching-up phase before you blurt out your appeal for help. On the other hand, if this person is a busy professional you don’t know well, be respectful of his or her time and come straight out with your request.

Ask for advice, not a job. Don’t ask for a job, a request comes with a lot of pressure. You want your contacts to become allies in your job search, not make them feel ambushed, so ask for information or insight instead. If they’re able to hire you or refer you to someone who can, they will. If not, you haven’t put them in the uncomfortable position of turning you down or telling you they can’t help.

Be specific in your request. Before you go off and reconnect with everyone you’ve ever known, get your act together and do a little homework. Be prepared to articulate what you’re looking for. Is it a reference? An insider’s take on the industry? A referral? An introduction to someone in the field? Also make sure to provide an update on your qualifications and recent professional experience.

Slow down and enjoy the job networking process

The best racecar drivers are masters of slowing down. They know that the fastest way around the track is by slowing down as they approach the turns, so they can accelerate sooner as they’re heading into the straightaway. As you’re networking, keep this “slow in, fast out” racing mantra in mind.

Effective networking is not a process you should rush. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to be efficient and focused, but hurried, emergency networking is not conducive to building relationships for mutual support and benefit. When you network, you should slow down, be present, and try to enjoy the process. This will speed up your chances for success in the job-hunting race. Just because you have an agenda doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy reconnecting.

Don’t be a hit-and-run networker

Don’t be a hit-and-run networker: connecting, getting what you want, and then disappearing, never to be heard from until the next time you need something. Invest in your network by following up and providing feedback to those who were kind of enough to offer their help. Thank them for their referral and assistance. Let them know whether you got the interview or the job. Or use the opportunity to report on the lack of success or the need for additional help.

Tip 4: Evaluate the quality of your network

If your networking efforts don’t seem to go anywhere, you may need to evaluate the quality of your network. Take some time to think about your network’s strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. Without such an evaluation, there is little chance your network will adapt to your needs and future goals. You may not notice how bound you are to history, or how certain connections are holding you back. And you may miss opportunities to branch out and forge new ties that will help you move forward.

Taking inventory of your network and where it is lacking is time well spent. If you feel your network is out of date, then it’s time to upgrade! Your mere awareness of your needs will help you connect with new and more relevant contacts and networks.

Rate your network

Give yourself 1 point for each question you answer yes.

  • Do you trust your network to give you the truth about the real you?
  • Does your network challenge you as much as it supports you?
  • Does your network feel vibrant and dynamic?
  • Does your network represent your future goals as much as your past?
  • Are the networks connected to your network strong?

5 pts – Your network is in great shape!

3-4 pts – You need to enhance your network.

0-2 pts – Your network needs a makeover.

Tip 5: Take advantage of both “strong” and “weak” ties

Everyone has both “strong” and “weak” ties. Strong ties occupy that inner circle and weak ties are less established. Adding people to networks is time consuming, especially strong ties. It requires an investment of time and energy to have multiple “best friends.” Trying to stay in touch with new acquaintances is just as challenging. But adding new “weak tie” members gives your network vitality and even more cognitive flexibility—the ability to consider new ideas and options. New relationships invigorate the network by providing a connection to new networks, viewpoints, and opportunities.

Tips for strengthening your job network

Tap into your strong ties. Your strong ties will logically and trustingly lead to new weak ties that build a stronger network. Use your existing network to add members and reconnect with people. Start by engaging the people in your trusted inner circle to help you fill in the gaps in your network.

Think about where you want to go. Your network should reflect where you’re going, not just where you’ve been. Adding people to your network who reflect issues, jobs, industries, and areas of interest is essential. If you are a new graduate or a career changer, join the professional associations that represent your desired career path. Attending conferences, reading journals, and keeping up with the lingo of your desired field can prepare you for where you want to go.

Make the process of connecting a priority. Make connecting a habit—part of your lifestyle. Connecting is just as important as your exercise routine. It breathes life into you and gives you confidence. Find out how your network is faring in this environment, what steps they are taking, and how you can help. As you connect, the world will feel smaller and a small world is much easier to manage.

Tip 6: Take the time to maintain your network

Maintaining your job network is just as important as building it. Accumulating new contacts can be beneficial, but only if you have the time to nurture the relationships. Avoid the irrational impulse to meet as many new people as possible. The key is quality, rather than quantity. Focus on cultivating and maintaining your existing network. You’re sure to discover an incredible array of information, knowledge, expertise, and opportunities.

Schedule time with your key contacts

List the people who are crucial to your network—people you know who can and have been very important to you. Invariably, there will be some you have lost touch with. Reconnect and then schedule a regular meeting or phone call. You don’t need a reason to get in touch. It will always make you feel good and provide you with an insight or two.

Prioritize the rest of your contacts

Keep a running list of people you need to reconnect with. People whose view of the world you value. People you’d like to get to know better or whose company you enjoy. Prioritize these contacts and then schedule time into your regular routine so you can make your way down the list.

Take notes on the people in your network

Collecting cards and filing them is a start. But maintaining your contacts, new and old, requires updates. Add notes about their families, their jobs, their interests, and their needs. Unless you have a photographic memory, you won’t remember all of this information unless you write it down. Put these updates and notes on the back of their business cards or input them into your contact database.

Find ways to reciprocate

Always remember that successful networking is a two-way street. Your ultimate goal is to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships. That means giving as well as receiving. Send a thank-you note, ask them about their family, email an article you think might interest them, and check in periodically to see how they’re doing. By nurturing the relationship through your job search and beyond, you’ll establish a strong network of people you can count on for ideas, advice, feedback, and support.

5 Reasons Not to Opt for That Part-Time Job

If you’re an exhausted working mom, it’s easy to look at friends working part-time jobs and think they’ve got it made. The world of part-time jobs, you think, would let you finally have enough time for your family, household management, and a career.

But before you jump into a less-than-full-time position, think seriously about the negative side of part-time jobs before you get trapped. Not every negative listed below is true of every part-time job, but being aware of the downsides can help you avoid them.

You Will Earn Less Per Hours

Believe it or not, many employers give workers in part-time jobs disproportionately smaller pay and benefit packages. They figure the flexibility of being able to fill a part-time job outweighs the hit that you take as an employee. Many employers don’t give all health, retirement and other benefits to part-time workers which will cost you.

Moreover, you often step off the path to promotions when you reduce your hours and commitment, which also reduces your earning power. Ultimately, you feel the hit through a lower per-hour package of pay and benefits.

You May Work More Hours Than Predicted

It’s difficult enough to squeeze a meaningful career into 40 hours a week—much less into 16, 24 or 32 hours. Your colleagues forget that you’re not at work on Wednesday and call your mobile number for help. Or you take home a project, aiming to put in a single hour, but end up working all night.

Before taking on a part-time position, be brutally honest with yourself and your supervisor about how many hours will truly be needed to get the job done right. Also, you’ll need to get proficient at setting boundaries.

You Miss out on Career Opportunities

Perhaps the most obvious negative of part-time jobs is losing out on high-profile projects, assignments or trips. Sometimes superiors take you out of the loop—which you can combat by seeking out these opportunities and making it clear you’ll still do a first-rate job. But sometimes the most exciting professional challenges simply aren’t compatible with the schedule and lifestyle you’ve chosen.

Console yourself with the thought that after your children are grown, you can return to the hard-hitting career you loved. And discuss with your supervisor a path to promotions and advancement that is compatible with the current metabolism of your work.

Child Care May Not Fit Your Needs

If your child is a baby, it may be hard to find a daycare center or provider willing to work part-time, when you have to go to your job. But if you have an older child, you may also face difficulty finding work that fits into your child’s school schedule.

Then there are the inevitable school closings and sick days to juggle. Bottom line: the timing of child care can be difficult for part-time workers, leaving you either paying for more care than you use, or scrambling to fill in the gaps.

You May Feel Left Out 

One of the biggest complaints of part-time working moms is that they feel like they don’t fit in with the working moms and they don’t fit in with the stay-at-home moms. Yes, you do have more free time, but that doesn’t mean you can volunteer for every school project and chaperone every field trip. You still have job responsibilities and likely more childcare duties than the average working mom.

On the other hand, you may catch resentful glances from full-time working mothers who assume that your life is easy and stress-free. Take the time to educate your friends and neighbors about your situation, and chip in when you are able. Don’t allow yourself to be talked into more volunteer work than feels comfortable.

Ultimately, when deciding whether to work part-time, you must weigh the pros as well as the cons. But don’t get too enthusiastic without knowing what you’re getting into!

9 Companies That Can Help Working Moms Find Part-Time Work

If you’re a mom looking for flexible or part-time work, these companies can help

  BY KATHERINE LEWIS    Updated January 07, 2019

Are you a mom who wants to work part-time? Maybe family demands have led you to feel the need to cut back your hours, but you can’t afford or don’t want to leave the workforce altogether. Or maybe you are looking to rejoin the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom and would like to wade rather than dive back in. 

If you are currently working full time, the best place to start looking for part-time work is within your company. You won’t know if you don’t ask. If you can negotiate flexible hours at your existing job, you may be able to retain your seniority, benefits and job continuity. You won’t have to prove yourself at a new company or learn a new position. Instead, you can focus on transitioning to part-time work.

If that is not an option, there are several companies that seek to match professionals, such as working moms, with project-based, freelance and contract part-time jobs.  01

 FlexJobs.com

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Job-posting company FlexJobs.com aggregates legitimate jobs with some form of flexibility such as telecommuting, part-time or flextime schedules, or freelance contracts. The company’s team of researchers aims to find and screen the best jobs that meet these criteria and filter out scams, junk, and advertisements, which are especially prevalent in the world of part-time and gig work. 

Anyone can browse job postings on the site, but with a paid one-month, quarterly or annual membership, you can get a detailed report on any job listed on the site, including the best way to apply, as well as job search checklists, skills tests and content from experts. There is also a free weekly newsletter offered by the company that features job listings, tips and other content.   02

 The Second Shift

Job-placement company The Second Shift seeks to match female talent with employers seeking part-time workers, interim jobs or special project work, typically in the fields of marketing, finance, and human resources, or in strategy and creative rolls.

You must apply for membership and be approved. This requires submitting credentials and references, which the company will verify, and completing a personal interview. If you are accepted into the network, the company’s matching algorithm will select projects that align with your particular skills.

The Second Shift handles payment processing and tax paperwork for you. While there are no upfront fees, when you complete a project, The Second Shift will keep 5% of your pay.   03

 Power to Fly

PowerToFly is a recruiting platform that specializes in connecting women to companies in the tech, digital, sales and marketing fields. The company’s mission is to “encourage diversity recruiting and hiring” at firms ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies, with a focus on technical roles. 

You can search job postings on the site in specific locations or for remote work, which is often ideal for moms looking to work part-time. When signing up and creating your profile, select the “Regular Member” option if you want hiring managers to be able to view your profile. If being visible on a job site such as this may be problematic given your current employment situation, you can select the “Community Member” option to take advantage of PowerToFly’s offerings without making your profile public. There are no membership fees for this site.    04

 Prokanga

Prokanga is a staffing and recruiting firm that aims to connect mid- to senior-level professionals looking for consulting, flexible or project-based work with companies, particularly in finance, marketing, non-profit, executive leadership, and small business or start-up roles. The typical Prokanga member is someone who currently has a full-time job but is looking to move into a more flexible role. 

After you submit your resume, Prokanga will contact you directly if they have a project or work that suits your expertise. For a $5 monthly subscription fee, you can access any open positions on the company’s job board directly.  Prokanga also offers career consulting services.  05

 Werk

Werk offers “the only job board with pre-negotiated flexibility,” featuring jobs in finance, accounting, communications and PR, creative services, fundraising, law, marketing, operations, product management, sales and business development. Werk’s platform focuses on jobs with some sort of flexible frameworks, such as part-time work, remote positions or jobs that allow you to shift your hours, but it does not offer project-based or short-term opportunities.

Anyone can use Werk, but the company recognizes that working moms, in particular, often require flexibility to succeed and climb the corporate ladder. Werk charges an annual membership fee. 06

 FlexProfessionals

If you live in the Washington, D.C., or Boston metro areas and have a college degree and at least a decade of professional work experience, FlexProfessionals may be perfect for you. Founded by three mothers who were working professionals, the company seeks to match qualified job seekers with part-time (10-32 hours a week), flexible or project-based work.

The company places people with companies in fields such as finance, accounting, marketing, PR, project management, law, graphic design and business development, among others, but it does not work with companies in the medical or education fields.

Register through the website for free and upload your resume. You can then apply for jobs you are interested in. FlexProfessionals will review all candidates who have applied for a particular job and then conduct phone and in-person interviews with top candidates. 07

 The Mom Project

The Mom Project is a digital talent marketplace and community that connects professionally accomplished mothers (or anyone who identifies with its mission) with companies looking for professionals in the project management, marketing, technology, sales, administrative, finance, human resources and legal fields. 

Membership is free. Once you create a profile, you will get matched with jobs that meet your skills and flexibility needs. You can then bid on jobs that interest you, negotiating your compensation with the employer.  08

 Mom Corps

Mom Corps is part of Corps Team, which  describes itself as a “nationwide, boutique, talent advisory, search and staffing firm.” It focuses on helping professionals find jobs in accounting, finance, marketing, HR and other business-service-related industries.

You can register online for free, search the job board for flexible and part-time jobs, apply for positions and receive weekly notifications of new job listings. You may also be contacted by the company’s recruiters if they find a job match for you.  09

 HireMyMom.com

HireMyMom.com connects mothers with legitimate home-based jobs and projects in virtually every career field, including blogging, copy editing, finance, customer service, administrative, marketing and sales. 

Work requests are vetted by the company’s staff to ensure they are legitimate. You have the ability to view projects and apply online, and also receive daily job alerts. A quarterly fee is charged to use the service.

10 Work-from-Home Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree

While plenty of companies are hiring remote workers, many of the available jobs require a bachelor’s degree or higher. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any jobs for those without a college degree. Many fields are hiring work-from-home employees based on prior experience or even speciality certifications.

Here are 10 great remote jobs that don’t require any kind of college degree:

Customer service jobs often only require communication skills and some experience.

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1. Customer Service

In the past, companies like Hilton and even Apple have put the call out for remote workers to provide customer support via phone calls or online chatting. These types of jobs usually require excellent customer service skills and some prior experience.

2. Telemarketing

Put your sales skills to the test with remote telemarketing jobs (including some that even offer commission). One example? Boston-based company MGM Capital Investments is hiring a telemarketer with some sales experience and excellent communication skills. Prospective telemarketers should demonstrate “persistence, tenacity and reliability” while not fearing rejection.

3. Data entry

Data entry can be a convenient option for mothers looking to make extra income without sacrificing flexibility. According to one job listing from a New York City-based construction company, data entry candidates should have strong communication skills and be highly organized.

4. Virtual assistant

Many of the traditional tasks of an office or personal assistant can be done remotely. Virtual assistants are expected to be organized and dependable. One job listing includes answering phone calls, organizing files and scheduling events as a few of the daily tasks expected of assistants.

5. Translation/Interpreter

All of those foreign language classes are about to pay off! Companies are searching for bilingual remote employees to translate everything from customer service calls to international meetings. Jobs are available in more commonly spoken languages like Spanish and even in American Sign Language.

6. Web developer

Another reason to finally learn how to code: Some companies don’t require college degrees for entry-level developer jobs, but they typically expect candidates to have some background knowledge in the field. This Texas-based company is seeking developers with experience using certain programs—no degree needed.


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7. Claims Adjuster

Insurance claims adjusters investigate specific cases and provide appraisals for insurance companies. This North Carolina-based company is looking for an adjuster to work with pet insurance.

8. Web search evaluator

Companies like Appen are hiring evaluators to analyze and report on web search results. The jobs are available in a variety of languages and can be done remotely on a flexible schedule.

9. Medical Coding

If you have the proper certification for your state, medical coding for a hospital can be a promising career for working mothers. One job in North Carolinarequires that employee be a North Carolina resident and have the appropriate license.

10. Payroll Support Services

This job involves providing support and fielding questions related to a company’s payroll. LiveOps currently has an opening to assist its clients with filling out paperwork and time sheets. Candidates must have excellent problem-solving skills and be willing to work flexible hours.

12 Flexible Jobs for Caregivers

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Maintaining a career and being a caregiver can be an energy-sapping challenge, with the potential to keep you from giving your all, both at your job and at home. It can be a real effort to find ways to maintain a job, while still giving your best to your loved ones. That’s why we’re highlighting these great flexible jobs for caregivers.

If you’re a primary caregiver for a family member or friend, it can be particularly tricky to manage all of your responsibilities on competing fronts, while meeting all of your obligations. One approach is to focus your job search on positions that optimize your ability to maintain a satisfying career, while leaving you time to care for yourself so you can be there for the people who depend on you. And that’s exactly what flexible jobs do.

**The jobs on this post are  now expired, but you can search FlexJobs’ newest flexible job listings here!**

SEO/SEM Expert

As a freelance expert in search engine optimization (SEO) or search engine marketing (SEM), you’ll work to help clients improve their visibility online and retain customers, while enjoying the latitude to set your own schedule.

Data Entry

Freelance data entry jobs can include positions in billing, bookkeeping, payroll, and other administrative roles that can give you options for completing data entry-related tasks during nontraditional hours—leaving more time for care-taking tasks.

Web Design

Thanks to the technology-based nature of their work, web designers often enjoy the benefits of the freelance life, including a more flexible schedule that lends itself to finding ways to stay healthy as a freelancer.

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As a transcriptionist, there’s a great chance that you’ll be able to take advantage of a results-oriented work environment (ROWE), where the focus is on getting the work done within your own time frame, allowing you more leeway to devote energy to your caregiver role.

Software Development

This fast-growing category is full of web-based jobs. Software developers often work on a virtual basis, and freelancers can take advantage of their flexible, remote positions by finding time in their day for fitness-related activities that help them stay healthy.

Writing and Editing

Writers and editors have long enjoyed freelance roles, and today can work online for news organizations, as bloggers, as technical writers, and in marketing and communication, among other roles.

Telemarketing

Taking on a telephone-based role within an organization very often translates to a work-from-home role that allows telemarketers who are caregivers to be close by for their loved ones, and to achieve healthy work-life integration at the same time.

Medical Billing/Medical Coding

Working to help healthcare organization get reimbursed and input patient-related medical data, medical coding and billing specialists very often work on a contract or independent basis, which provides opportunities for healthy flexibility and time to attend to the needs of loved ones at home.

Online Teaching

Virtual teachers often are required to work set hours some of the time, for classroom sessions and to hold “online” office hours; the upside is that you’ll likely be working from home, with all of the freedom that entails when it comes to being in close proximity as family needs arise.

Computer and IT

IT and computer experts often take on troubleshooting roles that can be tackled remotely, such as website maintenance and system security. Working virtually as a freelance IT professional is a great way to take control of your schedule and increase your potential to stay healthy as a freelancer.

Graphic Design

Working virtually and on a freelance basis is a norm in graphic design, where the range of jobs is versatile—commercial artists, designers, creative directors, and illustrators, for example—and where opportunities abound for balancing a rewarding career with maintaining a schedule that lets you fulfill your caregiver role.

Online Marketing

Companies looking to hire online marketing professionals often offer contract and freelance positions that lend themselves to working from a home-based office, and allow employees to accommodate the often-unpredictable events that arise for people who are primary caregivers.

10 Part-Time Jobs for Caretakers Who Need to Work

The so-called “sandwich generation” is a notoriously busy generation with many being responsible for caring not only for themselves but also for their children and aging parents.

With such extreme caretaking responsibilities, it can be hard to find time to squeeze in a job during a time in one’s life when it is important to be building a career and saving for retirement. And there are many caretakers who need to work to be able to provide financial support. So what are some of the best jobs for caretakers?

For caretakers of all ages and stages, finding a job that works with your schedule and caretaking responsibilities is essential. With flexible work options, including part-time schedules, caretakers can find the balance between work and life. Below are a few part-time jobs that would be a good fit for caretakers who need to work, as these positions offer part-time hours, as well as flexible schedules, alternative schedules, or the ability to work from home.

**The jobs on this post are now expired, but you can search FlexJobs” newest flexible job listings here!**

1. Master Control Operator

In this master control operator position, candidates must be comfortable working with computers and be willing to learn about broadcast quality equipment. Successful candidates will be responsible for operating the transmitter, weather system, and camera during news broadcasts. This is a part-time, entry-level job in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

2. Tele-Behavioral Health Clinician

A tele-behavioral health clinician is needed to provide psychotherapy through video conferences to home-bound seniors. This is a part-time, remote job in Dedham, Massachusetts. Appropriate licensing, experience, and a Ph.D., Ed.D., or Psy.D. in psychology is required.

3. Forensic Ballistics Technician

If you have a passion for public service, this part-time position in Santa Ana, California, might be of interest to you. To be successful, candidates must be results-oriented, creative, and willing to learn the basics of firearm operations. Duties include performing safety inspections of firearms, identifying caliber of bullets, and taking photographs of guns and ammunition.

4. Anesthesia Support Specialist – Operating Room

An anesthesia support specialist is needed to set up operating rooms in a Minneapolis, Minnesota, hospital. In this role, successful candidates will be stocking anesthesia supplies, setting up machines, supplying and maintaining oxygen tanks, and performing other pertinent duties. This is a casual day/evening/night position that requires knowledge of anesthesia materials, medical terminology, and good communication skills.

5. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Developers

Working part-time from home, a Microsoft dynamics CRM developer is needed to write and review original test questions for a skills assessment test. This position requires at least five years of relevant technology experience. Ideal candidates will have teaching and writing experience and be able to work nights and weekends.

6. Editors – Pharmaceutical Sciences

If you have excellent editing skills, and a Ph.D., post doc, or master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences, this freelance editor position may give you the flexibility you are looking for. In this role, successful candidates will edit and format manuscripts and ensure subject-specific conventions are followed. This is a great opportunity for a qualified applicant who wishes to determine their own schedule and work hours.

7. Home-Based Sales Specialist

On-site training is required for this sales specialist position in Estero, Florida. In this role, you would work from a home office answering phone calls, providing exceptional customer service to callers, and achieving sales goals. To be successful, candidates must have at least one year of customer service experience and basic typing and computer skills.

8. Business Development Representative

A professional business development rep with a quiet home office and a strong Internet connection is needed to be the first point of contact for a rapidly growing company. Previous sales business-to-business cold calling and property management experience are preferred for this position. Excellent communication, negotiation, and presentation skills are required. This job can be done from any United States location within normal business hours.

9. Field Nurse Practitioner

For this part-time, flexible schedule field nurse practitioner position, candidates must have three years of home health assessment experience, an active California nursing license, and excellent interpersonal, phone, computer, and organizational skills. This is a part-time, flexible schedule position in Los Angeles, California.

10. Video Editor

As a video editor, you would be editing video content and performing other job-related duties such as backing up content and archiving material. To be considered, candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent and at least three years’ editing experience in a local news environment. This is a part-time position located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Part-time jobs for caretakers who need to work offer a great deal of flexibility. From flexible and alternative schedules to the ability to freelance or work from home, there are thousands of flexible part-time jobs that will help caretakers find balance between responsibilities.