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Instructional Designer Takes Control of His Remote Career Path

One of the best feelings in the world is falling in love with your career. Even better is finding a job in your career that will allow you to choose your own flexible schedule and gain more control over your personal time. Virtual Vocations helped Jeff D. with just that. This successful education consultant found the perfect remote job as an ongoing contract instructional designer with A Pass Education—a curriculum development and educational resource company.

Jeff’s VV Victory: Instructional Designer Takes Control of His Remote Career Path

After working eight years as a successful instructional designer consulting on how to facilitate online training and instruction, Jeff needed to find a remote position that would allow him to work from home and still earn a living.

A Rapid Return to Work Flexibility

With several years of remote work already under his belt, as well as experience interacting with top-level executives, lecturers, and prominent CEOs, this instructional designer found his ideal role within his first month of using Virtual Vocations for his remote job search.

Virtual Vocations made it very easy for me to identify and apply to remote positions. I also appreciated the numerous resources provided that gave me tips and tricks for applying to remote positions.

How Jeff Did It

Jeff not only took full advantage of the tools available to Virtual Vocations subscribers—particularly the email alerts and Telecommute Companies Database—but also narrowed his instructional designer search results by using Virtual Vocations job board filters. The filters ensured Jeff found the positions that were best suited for his needs, skills, and experience.

Given that Jeff is also working on a Doctorate of Education in Learning Technologies, it was imperative that he put his background in higher education and non-profit organizations to good use to find a job that also offered the flexibility he required.

I especially appreciated that each listing designated the type of employment (contract vs employee), how much of the work was allowed to be remote, and other key aspects of the job listing. That helped me filter down to the types of jobs I was looking for.

Ghosted by Potential Employers

Jeff’s instructional desginer job search certainly wasn’t without its challenges. As many jobseekers learn, one of the most common roadblocks to landing the perfect job is not receiving a response from employers.

Nevertheless, as discouraging as the absence of a response from a potential employer is when you take the time to apply for a job that seems perfect for you, Jeff did not let that get in the way of his job search.

Job searching is tough simply because you get a lot of no responses. But the nice thing about using Virtual Vocations was that I could cast a wide net and apply to many high-quality jobs. That made the process a lot easier.

Putting His Virtual Vocations Subscription to Good Use

Purchasing a subscription to Virtual Vocations turned out to be a wise choice for Jeff.

Overall I’m very happy with my investment in this service and recommend it to anyone looking for remote work.

Thankfully, Jeff did not just sign up to the service and hope for the best. He took the time to use all the Virtual Vocations tools at his disposal and tailored them to meet his needs. Some of the Virtual Vocations services that Jeff used include job email alerts, the Telecommute Companies Database and, of course, the Virtual Vocations job board.

Here is an overview of how each of these features can help you find the right remote job:

Virtual Vocations Job Board

The Virtual Vocations job board provides jobseekers with hand-screened telecommuting job leads in more than 40 career categories. The Virtual Vocations team only adds positions that have been fully vetted and offer legitimate, fair compensation. This eliminates the frustration of having to weed out commission-only jobs, start-your-own-business “opportunities,” or fake job posts made by unscrupulous individuals.

Expert staff hunt down remote jobs from industry and specialty job boards, social media streams, blogs, and employer websites to provide jobseekers with the newest job leads available and save them the time it would take to conduct all of this research on theirwe own.

Since the job board features more than 20,000 telecommute jobs at a given time, Virtual Vocations provides a variety of filters to help narrow down your job requirements and ensure that your search is tailored to your individual needs.

For example, Jeff successfully used the filters to whittle down prospective job leads by Telecommuting Level and Employment Status. For jobseekers with different requirements, Virtual Vocations offers nine additional filters and an advanced search feature to make the job search process more precise.

Telecommute Companies Database

Featuring more than 18,000 researched profiles of telecmmute-friendly employers, the Telecommute Companies Database provides jobseekers with an overview of remote employers categorized by industry. Virtual Vocations company profiles help jobseekers learn more about potential employers and determine if a particular company is a good cultural match with their personal career goals and interests.

The companies database also connects jobseekers to valuable employer links to social media accounts, company websites, blogs, and available telecommuting job openings from each employer. For jobseekers who love to discover little known company facts, these profiles may also include unique company details that could help the remote jobseekers determine if the company is the right fit for them.

Job Email Alerts

Because finding a new job can be a laborious process, the likelihood that jobseekers will spend hours sitting in front of their computers, constantly refreshing the screen to grab the newest and freshest job leads available, is low. To help save time, Virtual Vocations allows users to create and schedule an alert that will deliver relevant job postings to their email inbox whenever a remote job that meets their requirements is posted.

Virtual Vocations knows that it takes time and dedication to hunt down suitable telecommute jobs, and we are thrilled to have been able to help Jeff D. find the perfect instructional designer remote job he needed.

Join Virtual Vocations in Celebrating National Work and Family Month 2019, October 7 – 11

Virtual Vocations National Work and Family Month 2019Virtual Vocations values work and family as well as the flexibility that remote work can provide working families. With better work-life integration through telecommuting, families can be more successful within their professional and personal lives.

For more information on National Work and Family Month 2019, visit our event page for details about special Virtual Vocations discounts on memberships and career services, a link to take our Remote Work Benefits survey, the scoop on a Facebook Q&A with Virtual Vocations’ remote work experts, information on how to enter our giveaways including Amazon gift cards valued at up to $100, and more!

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