July 27, 2009
Free teleclass: Convince your boss to let you telecommute
Just because the economy's lousy doesn't mean you have to give up your dream of working from home.
On Thursday, July 30, from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. Pacific time, leading telecommuting consultant Pat Katepoo will give a free teleseminar called "Telecommute Now! How to Get a Yes to Your Request to Work from Home."
As Katepoo puts it, "If you're waiting for your employer to establish telecommuting policies, you could be sitting in traffic for years to come."
In other words, if you want to work from home even one day a month, you'll have to take the initiative and present your boss with a convincing proposal.
Happily, that's exactly what Katepoo will teach you to do during this 45-minute conference call. In addition, Katepoo will discuss what to do if your employer doesn't yet have a telecommuting policy, what to do if your manager values "face time" above all else, and how to bring up the "T" word at work if you're terrified to do so.
To take this class, you must register by July 29 at WorkOptions.com. You'll then receive the call-in number via e-mail and instructions on how to dial in to the class on Thursday. Note that you'll need a land line to take this teleclass.
If you can't make the free class or don't have access to a land line, not to worry. You can still sign up and benefit from the free mp3 recording Katepoo will send all registrants after the class. In addition, I'll be posting some of Katepoo's top telecommuting tips in the next few days.
Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, a career guide based on her 59 jobs over 40 years in 22 cities.
Kristen Fife is a senior recruiter, career mentor, blogger and resume consultant based in the Seattle area.
Lisa Quast is a certified career coach, mentor, business consultant, former corporate executive and author based in the Seattle area.
Randy Woods writes about job-search tools, networking techniques and other tips to help you land your dream job.
Matt Youngquist is the president of Career Horizons, a career counseling firm.
Natalie Singer is a Seattle writer, editor and small-business owner.
Michelle Goodman is the author of "My So-Called Freelance Life" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide."
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