Telecommuter Discrimination – Confirmed

Well, sort of. I was pretty excited to go to Mashable’s Online Career Expo. I figured that the companies involved would be open to telecommuters. I mean, companies that are high tech and heavily into digital products and marketing should be open to having employees that work online, right? WRONG.

All of the jobs listed required physical presence at an office. Even the ones at Mashable. I questioned 3 representatives from 3 very different companies about a position as a health newsletter associate editor (I am an RN) and 2 copywriting positions. All of them replied that they would not consider telecommuters for the positions, regardless of my skills/resume. One is keeping my name on file for future freelancer needs.

This leads me to a discussion of job search engines. Whether on Mashable, Linkedin, or any of the other job search sites out there, “Location” NEVER includes telecommute. Research shows that 15-40 million people telecommute. So, why isn’t this an option in a job search engine? There ARE jobs out there… I think. We just have to look harder to find them.

As far as I am concerned this expo was a FAIL for telecommuters. Online Career sounds like working online… funny how the jobs don’t back that up.

Edit: Okay, I’ve taken a deep breath and talked to someone from Mashable who said that this was not advertised for telecommuters, so I shouldn’t have really expected to find something (yes, this is paraphrased). At least he answered. I still think “telecommute” should be a location option in job searches and that events like this should promote freelancers and telecommuters, but change takes time (as a Linkedin user pointed out) and I am impatient (as those who know me can attest).

I’m mourning the loss of a longtime client as they make some changes to their business so perhaps I’m just overly sensitive. Or not. Maybe I’m just opinionated. Okay, maybe “Maybe” wasn’t needed in that sentence…


That Job is Still Listed….

Remember when we had that little chat about telecommuter discrimination? Well, the job that I would be awesome at is still listed and I’m still not hired because…. Right. I’m a telecommuter. It’s like having to admit that I’m a porn operator or something. “I work from a room in my home with a computer and webcam – no, really.”

Have you noticed that job sites never list ‘telecommute’ in the locations menus? That seems a little harsh. I mean, I am somewhere. I’m just not located in the city where the job happens to have an office. And, you know, that is really a benefit because I don’t take up space there and I my office clutter won’t distract anyone else. Oh, and I won’t take anyone else’s food from the fridge or leave passive aggressive notes around… Well, I might leave a note or two. I’d find a way. But the rest of the stuff? Nope. And my tendency to work in my pajamas with bedhead wouldn’t be distressing to anyone, either, unless we have to video chat and then I’d put on some clothes. But maybe not pants.

Anyway, even though I do have a full complement of clients, I kind of really wanted to be considered for this job but I’m a *gasp* telecommuter. I can tell because I’m not wearing pants and nobody here cares.