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How to Convince an Employer to Let You Work From Home

The do's and don'ts of getting past the "on-site only" job requirement

By Kristen Fischer - April 12, 2011

We've all been there: You've spotted an opening for the perfect full-time or freelance gig, but the position is based miles away. What do you do -- apply anyway?

Although most media professionals can do the majority (if not all) of today's work from a home office simply with a decent Internet connection and a working phone, not every company is open to flexible working solutions. If a listing explicitly states "on-site only" and you don't live in commuting distance, warns John Poore, director of staffing services at Onward Search, don't even waste your time applying, as those companies may have had bad experiences with remote employees. "You'll spend more of your time on their objections," he says.


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