Finding work for a felon is never easy. Finding work during a pandemic? Even harder. And finding work during a pandemic from home? Well, that’s an even longer conversation. Luckily, we have cut out just the right amount of time to have this important conversation with you.
Jobs have been lost, hours reduced, salaries cut, and others furloughed. It is true that not everyone has been hit in this way, but many, many people were and still are. Maybe this is you.
But if you or someone you know are one of these people, we encourage you to read on because there are many jobs not only surviving during this pandemic but thriving. One of these jobs may be the job for you. Or even better, the one you have been looking for.
COVID Proof Career Opportunities For Felons That Have Been On The Rise
Here are some career opportunities have been on the rise during the pandemic:
– Computer IT
– Customer Service
– Accounting and Finance
All of the jobs in the above fields have seen an increase of more than 50% in remote jobs posted since March 1, 2020.
While you can do a wide variety of online jobs from home, some of the most common remote job titles include: Accountant; Bookkeeper; Customer Service Representative; Teacher; Web Developer; Writer; and Virtual Assistant.
Career Fields On The Rise During The Pandemic
Speech Language Pathologist
Mental Health Coach
Mortgage and Real Estate
Consumer Loan Underwriter
Real Estate Legal Assistant
Mortgage Loan Processor
Credit and Loan Application Processing
Business Support Consultant (bilingual)
Accounts Payable Clerk
Registered Nurse, RN
Pediatric Field Case Manager
CPA U.S. Expat Tax Preparers (Certified Public Accountant licensed in the United States)
Senior Business Enterprise Risk and Control
Data Management EDS
Clinical Team Lead
Site Relationship and Feasibility
Senior Project Manager, Oncology
These popular fields, and example jobs most sought out, are not the be-all-end-all.
What we mean is, if you work in any of these fields and do not find your specific job, do not worry. The needs of communities and fields change by the day and this list is not set-in stone. Make sure you check before you move on from searching for your niche in one of these fields.
Now is also the right time to consider getting a degree, so you can get a job in one of these lucrative high paying positions.
Top Companies Hiring For Remote Positions
Now that we know what job fields are on the rise during the pandemic, we can focus in on the companies that hire freelance and remote workers, particularly during the pandemic.
These companies are proven to have hired either freelance and/or remote workers, particularly since the start of the pandemic. And as long as this list is, these are not all the companies who offer these job opportunities, but one of these 100+ companies may have the perfect spot for you. There is only one way to find out!
Working From Home Freelance Jobs
If you have a career that allows you to work from home, you are in-demand. Since so many people are working from home for the foreseeable future, you will be able to find more positions that can be done from home more than ever.
Jobs that fit under this umbrella are database administrators, computer repair technicians, and help desk staffers.
Programmers are particularly in demand. As the pandemic continues, more people need to work from home and work itself goes more virtual.
Careers in the computational or information management field are a wise career path (or career switch) if you want a recession proof job.
Unless you are a natural extrovert, that is. These careers involve a lot of isolation and would remove the human interaction from your workday.
Benefits Of Working Remotely During COVID
Remote jobs allow people to earn an income while also practicing social distancing.
Given the choice, 65% of workers would prefer to work remotely full-time even after the pandemic is over, and 95% of remote workers say their productivity has either increased or remained the same as when they worked in the office.
Tips On Applying For A Remote Job
When applying for a remote job, make sure that you have a remote specific resume. Make it abundantly clear that you can work remotely as a capable and efficient employee.
You should apply to more than one job to keep your options open, but make sure that each resume and cover letter is tailored for the specific application. The skills highlighted should show that you would make an excellent remote worker.
Showing that your skills are transferable to working remotely is especially important. You should show that you have skills in time management, communication, independent working, digital collaboration, and comfort with technology.
Do not show these skills if you do not actually have them. There are plenty of remote jobs and each requires a different set of skills, and one job will fit best with yours.
Before you schedule any interviews, check your network connection, ensure you dress professionally, and do the research on interviews done for that specific job and company.
Remember, if you are able to find interview materials on remote jobs, use that as a tool. While the hiring process is similar, like everything else in the world, it is not exactly the same.
If you have any previous remote experience, even if it is only on one occasion, make sure that you include that information as well.
How to Avoid Remote Job Scams
As with most things, there is a downside. With work-from-home jobs, the downside is usually falling into the trap of a scam job.
Hiring practices during the pandemic have shifted, to say the least. Nearly all interviews, whether for in person jobs or not, are being done entirely online.
This can make it difficult on both ends of the hiring process, but it is particularly risky on the job seekers end. Determining which jobs are legitimate and which scams is not as easy as you would think.
We have to remember that scammers are people too. They have emotions and are usually quite good at what they do, considering scamming is their job. It is unlikely that each encounter will be the same BUT there are some tell-tale signs that a job is a scam.
If they ask for your personal information before you have a job offer, it’s time to start paying closer attention to the process you have found yourself in.
You may be excited that they are so interested in you right from the start, but even if they are very interested, they don’t need your personal information prior to offering the job. That is what calling references and google is for.
If you are asked to pay for anything upfront, that is a BIG red flag. No matter how badly you want this job. No matter how badly you may need this job.
If they are employing you and then telling you that there are expenses that you need to pay, I do not need to tell you it’s time to go – you should already be gone.
If you are asked for money or sensitive personal data to secure your job position, that makes no sense. Feel free to tell them that, too. Under no circumstances should you need to buy any software, electronics, or work-from-home-kits while searching for a work from home job. Being asked for money or sensitive personal data to secure the job position, well, that makes zero sense. Feel free to tell them that, too.
If you are in a situation where they offered you a lot of money for an extraordinarily little amount of work, maybe talking more about how easy the job is than the job itself.
Now stop yourself before this confidence boost takes you over. You may be tempted to think that you have been underselling yourself up until this point. Or you may be thinking that you really are exceptional at what you do, it makes sense why they would pay more for less.
All of these things may be true, too, but this is not a realistic situation, and you didn’t just get lucky here. If it feels like you can get rich quick, or even worse, they tell you that you can, odds are, it is almost certainly a scam.
You do not even need to provide references. Not all employers will check your references but if they do not ask for them, that’s a red flag.
No matter how good you are at what you do, your work experience should be verified or at least asked for. If you’re moving forward effortlessly, well, it may be time to consider that it may be too good to be true.
Do you feel like your relationship is moving too fast? Weird question, we know. But if the recruiter seems to be laying it on a little thick and there is a sense of urgency for you to accept the job, that is a certain sign that this job is a scam.
If a company is legitimate, they won’t push you into accepting the job offer immediately. Added pressure is for the sleazeballs of the world and that is where our scammers fit in.
If the job listing sounds too good to be true, it usually is. If the language offers quick money with unlimited learning potential AND you can work from home?
The job is most likely a scam. We want to trust people and give them the benefit of the doubt, but the sad truth is, when it comes to the job search, scamming is how people steal their living while you make yours.
Is Working From Home In Your Future?
Could be! There are many benefits to remote work and working from home, pandemic or not. Whether you are looking to work from home for the foreseeable future or for just right now, it’s worth looking into the options that are available to you.
Times are changing rapidly, the United States (and world) are experiencing a job market like none our society has ever seen before; but that does not mean that you should have to go on your job search blind.
Take the information you have learned throughout our conversation, and with the companies that are known to be hiring remote work, find the best for you. Good luck!
About The Author
Joe is the founder of HireFelons.org. Having had friends and co-workers who have a felony conviction, Joe Hunter decided to use his expert knowledge in starting a successful business to launch HireFelons.org and teach as many former felons as possible how to earn a decent income, when finding a traditional job is simply not an option.