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9 websites to help you find remote work or freelance jobs quickly - Business Insider - Business Insider9 websites to help you find remote work or freelance jobs quickly - Business Insider - Business InsiderPosted: 01 Apr 2020 04:08 AM PDT Millions of Americans have lost their job in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, companies that are still in business are going remote where possible, meaning that now is a great time to look for remote work. Here are nine remote-focused job searching platforms to look through, including Remote.co, Outsourcely.com, and JustRemote.co. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.A lot of Americans are looking for a remote job right now. Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, more companies like restaurants and gyms are shutting their doors and laying off Americans by the hundreds of thousands. A record 3.3 million jobless claims were filed for the week ending in March 21, up from 281,000 the week before. But that's…

32 Legit Companies That Will Pay You To Work From Home - Yahoo Finance UK

32 Legit Companies That Will Pay You To Work From Home - Yahoo Finance UK


32 Legit Companies That Will Pay You To Work From Home - Yahoo Finance UK

Posted: 11 Nov 2019 12:00 AM PST

Are jobs that allow you to work from home too good to be true? After all, "work-from-home scams are still an unfortunate and common part of this job market," said Brie Reynolds, career development manager with job-search website FlexJobs.

But that doesn't mean there aren't legitimate work-from-home jobs. Using FlexJobs' list of the 100 top companies with remote jobs, we pinpointed 32 businesses that have offered full-time, work-at-home positions if you're looking for one right now.

Last updated: Nov. 11, 2019

Amazon

The world's largest online retailer began with just three people in founder Jeff Bezos' garage and now employs more than 45,000 people at its Seattle headquarters. Amazon also offers work-from-home careers, however.

Recent telecommute job listings include software development engineer, senior solutions architect and digital platform marketing leader. Amazon also has a virtual customer service program that offers full-time work-from-home jobs that provide benefits.

Intuit

The company that created tax software program TurboTax and business software program QuickBooks has 9,000 employees worldwide and has been named by Fortune as one of the best companies to work for 18 years in a row. Intuit frequently has job listings for full-time telecommute positions for tax specialists such as certified public accountants or enrolled agents to provide its customers with tax advice. It also hires seasonal work-at-home tax specialists.

Aetna

This healthcare benefits company based in Hartford, Connecticut, has previously been named one of Fortune magazine's most admired companies in healthcare. Aetna has listed a variety of telecommuting job options on FlexJobs, including senior account executive, broker manager and clinical case manager. Many of its telecommuting positions require employees to live in certain cities or states, however. And some offer to telecommute only after working for a period of time and only for a select number of days each week.

UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group provides healthcare benefits for companies and their employees as well as state Medicaid plans and Medicare plans. Based in Minneapolis, it offers a variety of remote jobs — many of which require travel. Recent listings on FlexJobs include care manager, product manager, reporting analyst and Medicare consultant.

Salesforce

Salesforce is the top customer relationship management software provider. Its cloud-based platform allows businesses to manage and analyze customer activity and is used by companies such as Adidas, U.S. Bank and T-Mobile. Recent Salesforce work-at-home job listings include software engineer, build engineer, account executive and account manager.

Williams-Sonoma

Founded in 1956, this home products company operates Pottery Barn, West Elm, Rejuvenation and Mark and Graham in addition to its namesake Williams-Sonoma brand of stores. Many of its home-based jobs are call center customer service positions. These positions pay $12 an hour, require only a high school degree and offer benefits such as health insurance and a 401(k) retirement plan.

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Anthem

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Anthem is one of the top health insurance providers in the U.S. It offers work-at-home case manager positions that require some travel. Anthem also has had listings for remote and telecommute positions such as business improvement consultant, account and program director and marketing director.

Xerox

This Fortune 500 company is known for its office printers and copiers, but it also focuses heavily on research and innovation of business technologies. Xerox has been named to the Forbes and JUST Capital's JUST 100 list for outperforming peers in worker pay and treatment. Several of its recent job listings have been work-at-home positions — including sales, client manager and account operations manager positions.

Humana

Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Humana is one of the largest health insurance providers in the U.S. It provides group health insurance and Medicare plans, as well as the TRICARE program for active duty and retired military members and their families.

Several of its recent job listings that require registered nurse experience are remote or telecommute positions. And many of its sales positions are remote jobs but do require the employee to live in certain cities or areas.

TTEC

Founded in 1982 as TeleTech, TTEC provides customer experience solutions for companies. For example, it provides both human talent and artificial intelligence — or what it calls intelligent virtual assistants — to provide customer service for companies.

Recent TTEC job listings have included work-at-home customer service representatives, technical project manager and instructional media designer.

SYKES

Based in Tampa, Florida, SYKES provides customer-engagement services to companies around the world. Its services include phone, email, online and social media customer-service support. It hires full-time work-at-home customer service representatives.

Working Solutions

Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Working Solutions provides home-based sales and customer service representatives. The company employs work-at-home customer service representatives for a variety of businesses, including travel agencies, insurance and event ticketing. For most positions, job candidates can live anywhere in the U.S.

Cactus Communications

Cactus Communications is a medical communications agency that provides writing, editing and transcription services for pharmaceutical and medical device companies. It is based in Mumbai, India, but hires freelance contractors around the world. Recent job listings on FlexJobs have included full-time work-at-home translator positions and part-time editor positions.

Fiserv

Fiserv provides financial services technology solutions such as payment processing services for banks, credit unions, lenders and investment firms. It's been named by Forbes magazine as one of America's best employers. Fiserv's recent telecommute and work-at-home job listings have included sales operations consultant, business strategy consultant, technical consultant and proposal management specialist positions.

BroadPath Healthcare Solutions

BroadPath Healthcare Solutions provides business, compliance and technology services to healthcare providers and payers such as insurance companies. It is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, but offers full-time remote positions. Recent work-at-home job listings have included member service representative, case manager and quality analyst positions.

Commonwealth of Virginia

Virginia's state agencies offer a variety of full-time jobs with the option to work remotely within the state. Recent flexible job listings have ranged from environmental health technical specialist to staff actuary to finance analyst.

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K12

Based in Herndon, Virginia, K12 provides online educational programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Its programs are geared toward military families, home-schooled children, athletes and traveling entertainers. It hires both part- and full-time teachers, guidance counselors, speech pathologists, special education and other education-related positions that are mostly and entirely work at home.

ADP

ADP provides payroll services, human resource software and tax and compliance services to businesses around the world. It's been named to Fortune magazine's most admired companies list and Forbes magazine's best employers for diversity list. ADP offers some positions with the opportunity for remote work. Past job listings have included human resource outsourcing partnership manager, pharmaceutical research and development recruiter and research analyst.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo is one of the biggest banks in the U.S. Headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo has offered some full-time positions with an option for remote work. Past job listings have included e-business systems consultant and information security engineer positions.

BCD Travel

Based in Utrecht, Netherlands, BCD Travel helps make corporate travel more cost-effective and streamlined for companies. It offers telecommute and remote job opportunities. For example, it has had openings for a work-at-home risk analyst, travel consultants who can work remotely and a senior outsourced travel manager who can work at home with occasional travel.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific is a biotechnology product development company with about 70,000 employees around the world. Some of its remote jobs require heavy travel. The company has had openings for full-time work-at-home positions with just some or no travel, however, such as a computer system specialist to help with compliance development and a customer care center process implementation manager.

SAP

Headquartered in Germany, SAP creates software that helps companies predict customer trends and streamline processes. It is the world's third-largest independent software manufacturer. According to FlexJobs, more than 21% of SAP's employees work from home. Recent job openings with remote work options have included senior account executive and software development engineer positions.

PRA Health Sciences

Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, PRA Health Sciences helps companies develop drugs in areas including infectious diseases, neurology, oncology and gastroenterology. It has more than 15,000 employees and has had openings for positions with the option to work remotely. Recent listings for full-time, remote jobs have included senior medical writer, clinical trial manager and medical copy editor positions.

Enterprise Holdings

Enterprise Holdings offers car and truck rental, fleet management and other transportation services. Among its brands are Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo and National Car Rental. Enterprise has had several job listings for full-time, remote working opportunities for customer service and reservation sales representatives. These positions do require employees to live in certain areas, however.

VocoVision

VocoVision provides online speech, language and occupational therapy services. It also offers sign-language interpreters, teachers of the visually impaired and school psychologists through its video conferencing services. It offers work-from-home opportunities for speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, school psychologists, special education teachers and similar specialists.

Afirm

Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, Afirm serves insurance companies by providing risk mitigation, loss control and audit services. It recently has had openings for full-time, remote work positions such as auditor and loss control surveyor.

American Express

This financial services company offers personal, small-business and corporate credit cards, as well as savings accounts and CDs. American Express is headquartered in New York and has more than 59,000 employees around the world. It does offer some work-at-home positions. Recent job listings have included virtual travel consultant and virtual collections specialist positions.

Magellan Health

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Magellan Health works with health plans, employers, Medicaid, Medicare and the federal government to provide managed care, behavioral healthcare and pharmacy management. It does offer some work-at-home opportunities. Recent job listings have included a senior manager for proposals position, registered nurse care manager and screening specialist.

Dell

Located just outside of Austin, Texas, in the city of Round Rock, tech company Dell offers a number of full-time positions that allow you to work from home. In fact, according to CNN Money, 25% of all Dell employees work from home in some capacity, and the company is looking to push that number to 50% by 2020. A quick search on the company's website revealed a number of jobs — such as account executive, services sales executive and systems engineer — that included the option to work remotely.

LanguageLine Solutions

LanguageLine Solutions provides interpretation and translation services. On its website, it claims that it is the third-largest language services provider in the world. It hires interpreters who can work at home receiving client calls and translating conversations. Language skills are essential for these positions.

Sutherland

Sutherland provides services to help companies improve their business processes and customer engagement. It works within a variety of industries, including healthcare, insurance, banking and government. Sutherland has posted job listings for a variety of work-at-home positions — such as sales agent, customer support and account management.

Leidos

This Reston, Virginia-based company provides services for defense, healthcare and federal agencies. Leidos does offer some jobs with telecommuting options. Recent examples of job listings with work-at-home options include network systems administrator, graphic artist and consulting employee to do technical editing of documents. Leidos offers a variety of telecommuting jobs available throughout the country.

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An experiment to find teachers who perform better and stay longer shows promising results - Quartz

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 12:00 AM PST

The Minneapolis public school district, one of the largest school districts in Minnesota, hires hundreds of teachers a year across roughly 70 schools. The teaching staff of 2,800 is largely white (86%), but it serves a diverse student body. Some 70% of the district's 30,000 students are non-white, 21% are English-language learners, and 65% are eligible for subsidized lunch.

It's the kind of American school district (i.e. mostly poor and non-white) known for having higher-than-average attrition rates for teachers, and especially teachers of color. On both counts, the Minneapolis district is no exception. In 2018, it lost 10% of its white teachers and 12% of its teachers of color. That's versus a national turnover rate last measured at roughly 8%, according to a Learning Policy Institute analysis (pdf) of federal figures. The result for Minneapolis (pdf) is a faculty that is, on average, less experienced than that of richer districts in Minnesota, state figures show, and less diverse than intended.

Teacher turnover has been connected in multiple studies to lower student achievement. It's financially burdensome, costing upwards of $20,000 per teacher replacement in urban school districts, says the nonpartisan, nonprofit Learning Policy Institute. And it's a bigger problem in the US, the institute says, than in places like Finland, Singapore, and Ontario, Canada, which are known for their high-achieving school systems and have attrition rates closer to 3% or 4%.

One obvious, if complex, way of addressing turnover is to increase retention of existing staff. But what if school districts could head off some of the most probable attrition scenarios at the outset, simply by making smarter hiring decisions? What if there were a way to predict which candidates for teaching jobs would be more likely to succeed in the role, and less likely to quit, based on cues in their resumes and work histories?

Those were the questions that a team of academics from the University of Minnesota and the University of British Colombia recently sought to answer for the Minneapolis district. Synthesizing information from more than 16,000 external applications collected by the district between 2007 and 2013, the researchers were able to look at the work history of every applicant—and see how those who got hired worked out.

Their findings, published in October in the Journal of Applied Psychology, suggest that using machine learning to screen teachers' job applications could improve the quality of hired teachers and reduce turnover risk, while increasing diversity by shrinking the chance for bias during the hiring process.

Laying out the problem

Roughly 10% of the annual demand for teachers in the US can be chalked up to growth in schools and school districts, the Learning Policy Institute says. The vast majority of hiring is to replace teachers who've quit.

Some teacher turnover can't be avoided; about a third of the annual departures nationally is due to retirement. But the balance is from early- and mid-career teachers exiting the profession.

After helping to write a paper about performance pay for teachers in Minnesota in 2014, Aaron Sojourner, a labor economist at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, started talking with an administrator at Minneapolis Public Schools about their shared interest in improving school districts, with a focus on teacher talent.

They wondered whether hiring managers could go a step beyond their usual assessments of resumes and online applications to predict performance and turnover risk.

Diving into the data

Like a lot of employers, school districts are increasingly turning to recruiting software to help ease—and speed up—the hiring process. But even then, managers may overlook telling details of an applicant's information, and allow their biases to creep in.

Sojourner and his fellow researchers hypothesized that both these shortcomings could be solved with the help of machine learning, a branch of artificial intelligence and method of data analysis to identify patterns and make decisions with minimal human intervention.

Backed by a $400,000 grant from the US Department of Education, the researchers dug into seven years' worth of hiring data from Minneapolis Public Schools. Using a combination of machine learning and economic and psychological theory, they developed a predictive model of the effectiveness and retention probabilities of the applicants. And because more than 2,200 of the roughly 16,000 applicants had already been hired, the researchers' predictions could be tested against several years' worth of outcomes in terms of both teacher performance and tenure.

The main predictors the study examined included work history (with knowledge, skills, and tasks turning out to be far more relevant than past titles); the length of tenure in previous jobs; and the reasons for leaving previous jobs (i.e. layoffs, a desire to leave a bad job, or an opportunity to take a better job). 

Predicting why people leave

When it comes to length of tenure, past behavior is sometimes the best predictor of future behavior. Overall, teachers with relatively short tenures in previous jobs tended to be less effective and leave more quickly. 

But the probabilities were nuanced. Applicants who had left a previous job for a better one tended to be better performers, for example. Departures that were framed negatively (i.e. due to bad management, dissatisfaction with colleagues, or exhaustion) tended to be indicators of worse performance. And those who had left previous jobs involuntarily—due to budget cuts or layoffs, for instance—tended to be lower performers compared with those who left jobs voluntarily.

The researchers were able to use machine learning to identify words or phrases signaling different behavioral motives for leaving a previous job, in some cases recognizing patterns that a hiring manager might miss.

"This is where machine learning can help us analyzing these texts because each of us may you read and interpret these texts differently," says Sima Sajjadiani, the lead author of the study on the Minneapolis applicants.

Sajjadiani, a University of Minnesota PhD and an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business, says the district was surprised to learn, for example, that a candidate's mention of passion in a job application (e.g., teaching has always been my passion) can in fact be a meaningful signal of the applicant's approach to the job. She says hiring officers probably thought that people tend to overuse statements about passion in their cover letters, and, therefore, treated these statements as cliches that didn't signal anything important. But the analysis suggests that they often do.

Perhaps less surprisingly, the study also found that when applicants had prior work experience that was relevant to the job for which they were applying, they tended to be more effective teachers and stayed longer with the school district. What was surprising was the variety of occupations that could provide people with relevant experience. For example, an applicant who previously worked as a bartender may have acquired some of the same skills or knowledge that teachers use, says Sajjadiani, whose research is focused on topics in human resources.

Using the work skills and job requirements laid out by the Occupational Information Network, a database sponsored by the US Department of Labor, Sajjadiani and her fellow researchers could estimate the probabilities of the similarity between each applicant's work history and the profile of the job to which they were applying. Previous titles were not as good an indicator of success as specific skills and abilities, even if those skills and abilities were gained in fields other than teaching.

Scrutinizing the technology

For now, the machine-learning analysis of the applications remains an intellectual exercise, a shadow system running at a remove from how the district works today. If Minneapolis Public Schools were to take the next step and apply the researchers' methods to real-life hiring, the district would likely run into heavy resistance.

"We already know the factors that lead teachers to quit aren't found on an application, they are found in underfunded classrooms and in kitchen table discussions about family budgets," says Denise Specht, the president of Education Minnesota, a statewide union of nearly 90,000 educators. "No algorithm is going to overcome the fact that people leave the classroom due to resource reasons, no matter what the researchers claim about their software."

She says the researchers' goal of removing implicit bias from the hiring process is "laudable," but that it misses the mark. She says teachers of color often lose their jobs because of factors outside their control, like budget cuts or biased decisions made by administrators.

Then there is the widespread concern about the biases that are being baked into algorithms themselves. Last year, Reuters reported that Amazon had been working on a hiring tool that turned out to exhibit gender bias. The computer models were trained to filter through resumes submitted to the company over a 10-year period and identify patterns to predict the best candidates. But because most of the resumes came from men, the algorithm ended up favoring male applicants. 

For the Minneapolis teachers' study, the researchers said they were careful in how they chose their variables, to help reduce the risk of race and gender bias. For instance, when it came to categorizing reasons for past job departures, the model excluded specific reasons such as relocation or caregiving duties, which could be associated with gender and end up penalizing women.

Sojourner says there are "legitimate concerns" about whether machine learning is going to increase bias in unintended ways. For instance, it's possible that applicants of a particular race or background were terminated from previous jobs due to prejudice and discrimination by their past managers.

But it's also worth pointing out that machine learning could reduce bias. That's what appears to have happened in the hiring recommendations spit out by the researchers' model, based on the model's "adverse impact ratios," which measure the difference in selection rates for applicants of different groups. For instance, the model's recommendations suggested a hiring rate of non-white applicants versus a hiring rate for white applicants at a 1.03 ratio, versus a ratio of 0.93 for the conventional hiring methods used by the school district. (On gender, the adverse impact ratio was 0.99 in both cases, suggesting female candidates would be selected at roughly even rates under both hiring systems.)

Were the researchers' selection methods put into practice, they could have important implications for job applicants who did not have the chance to follow conventional career paths—who tend to belong to minority groups—and provide more opportunities for those applicants, Sajjadiani says.

Envisioning an enhanced picture

Algorithms can put a different lens on hiring, and force us to consider previously neglected factors buried deep in applications. But both Sajjadiani and Sojourner say their tool should only be one factor in the hiring process. "The challenge," says Sojourner, "is to find the best way to support people's decisions with information from analysis."

While their study focused squarely on teacher selection, the researchers suggest that the findings could be generalized to other fields, such as medicine, social work, or other service-related jobs similar to teaching, where an applicant's specific motivation, interest, and individual characteristics are important determinants of success. But the researchers know that if they are to see their methods adopted by employers, they will need to be patient.

"These are very high stakes for the hiring organizations and for the applicants," Sojourner says. "And whenever you're making changes to standard operation procedure, it deserves some scrutiny."

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