Sara Sutton Fell was seven months pregnant with her first child
when she lost her job. She knew once the baby was born, she wanted
a job that offered her some flexibility, so she began pursuing
career options such as telecommuting.
"I very quickly realized there was a ton of junk and ads," she
says. "It was a needle-in-the-haystack kind of search." Fell, who
had previously founded and eventually sold an online employment
service, decided she could use her previous experience to make the
process easier, not only for herself, but also for other
The result is FlexJobs,
an online job service that lists only legitimate, professional
positions that offer some type of flexibility such as telecommuting
and part-time or contract work for people from entry level to
Fell has a team of researchers who screen each job opportunity
to sort out the scam jobs from the real ones.
"There are up to 70 scams for each one real job in flexible job
searching, so that's 69 jobs that we've vetted and removed," she
says. "If we have any doubt whatsoever about a company's
legitimacy, we don't add it to our site."
For the positions that are added to FlexJobs, each includes a
description of the company and job, as well as the best way to
apply for the job (whether through FlexJobs or directly through the
Currently there are more than 1,000 Chicago-area flexible jobs
listed on the website and thousands of other flexible jobs
elsewhere in the country. Many are considered "anywhere" jobs, Fell
says, that can be done anywhere in the United States.
"We have some really great companies using us: Citibank, Kelly
Services, Rosetta Stone," Fell says. "Keep hope if you are looking
for a job with flexibility. There's a lot more out there than
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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