Tips for Identifying Telecommuting Friendly Jobs in Mental Health Employment
When you are looking for mental health employment opportunities in the substance abuse field, there are not many that will allow telecommuting. However, that does not mean that there are none. If this is something that you would like to pursue, here are some tips on finding telecommuting-friendly jobs.
Identifying Telecommuting Friendly Jobs in Mental Health Employment
This doesn’t sound like it would be possible does, it? I mean, most jobs in mental health employment, particularly in substance abuse, require that you be working face-to-face with clients. This is true but not all of them. I personally know several people who work at home most, or all, of the time and work in the substance abuse field. They may do such things as social media marketing for a company, website development, business development, or billing and records keeping. If these are the sorts of things that you are interested in, keep reading.
The first thing we need to talk about are scams. We did an article awhile back about online job search scams. If you are interested in working from home, there are a ton of scams out there that will make this sound like a piece of cake and something that you can start doing today. It isn’t that simple so don’t fall for it.
The second thing that you need to know is that there ARE jobs out there. There are over a half a million telecommuting jobs listed on Indeed.com (check out our Home Page) right now. There are less if you add in mental health, but they are there. Remember, if they are telecommuting jobs, they don’t necessarily need to be located in your city or state for them to be viable positions.
So, how do you find these positions? The best way to start is to simply start searching for the job that you are interested in doing and adding these keywords after it – one at a time, not all at once: “telecommute”, “telecommuting”, “remote work”, “work from home”. So, if you were interested in mental health employment (any) and want to work from home, try these searches:
- mental health telecommute
- mental health telecommuting
- mental health remote work
- mental health work from home
It’s that simple. There are some websites that specialize in telecommuting companies and jobs. I think that you may be limiting yourself somewhat with these sites but, if you have the time and they’re free, you may with to give them a try. A few of them are:
Finally, if you are interviewing for a position or have been hired for a position that you think could possibly be done just as efficiently from home, consider opening a dialogue with your employer about it. It’s best to do this if you have made an outstanding impression or have already established a solid relationship with the company. Consider that there is negotiating room in here as well. Many employees are willing to take a small cut in pay to reflect that they no longer need to commute on a daily basis, put wear and tear on a vehicle and potentially pay for daycare.
While telecommuting friendly jobs in mental health employment are not plentiful as in some other industries, they are out there if you know how to search for them and how to ask for them. Good luck.