This past week, I had a chance to stop by a Career One-Stop Center. I wanted to check up on the current list of work-from- home opportunities and also look at their job listings to get a sense for how the local employment market is faring.
The good news: while jobs still aren’t easy to come by, I saw a number of ads for entry-level jobs in food service, retail, hotels, landscaping and transportation.
I also ran into Mouly Aloumouati, a business developer there and also a manager with VASOVAR (Virginia Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Program). Aloumouati has been running the program for 7 years. He had lots of insights and hard facts about the type of jobs violent offenders have been able to get. Hint: Often very good ones for those who are ready to work, but it isn’t easy. I’ll run more excerpts from our discussion next week, so watch this space.
In the meantime, here is a list of selected Work from Home Opportunities from the Center for Career and Business Development. Many ex-offenders find it can be easier to work on their own as companies don’t always employ the same background screening requirements to their contractors. Much of this work, however, will require certain skills and possibly certifications.
I’ve attempted to check out these websites, but readers feel free to share any experiences you’ve had — good or bad— with any of these companies:
Medical Coding and Transcription
Online Tutoring www.tutor.com
Online User Support
Transcribe Audio and Text
Verify Sales Calls for Accuracy www.VoiceLog.com
Has anyone had success or otherwise working from home? Look forward to hearing your stories.