CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS/WHO WE WORK WITH
We work with educated, experienced professionals who desire part-time, flexible, or project-based work. Our candidates generally do not need health benefits. They value flexibility and work at affordable rates in exchange for reduced hours, flexible schedules, jobs close to home, or the ability to work virtually.
Almost all of the professionals in our network are college-educated with at least 10 years of professional work experience. They desire flexible work arrangements and live in the DC or Boston metro areas. If you do not have a college degree but have the required years of work experience, you are welcome to join our network too.
We do work with professionals located outside of the DC and Boston metro areas. We do note, however, that our business clients often hire locally (DC and Boston metro areas), even for virtual opportunities. This is because most of our clients are small businesses, and they prefer to hire someone who is available to occasionally work on-site and/or attend meetings and events. We just wanted to be up front about this tendency, even for virtual opportunities.
TYPES OF WORK ARRANGEMENTS AND JOBS
FlexProfessionals works with small, medium and large businesses in the private, commercial and government contracting sectors. We also work with many non-profits and associations. We have had particular success with small, growing organizations who may be more budget sensitive or who cannot initially justify a full-time headcount. See Customer List for a sampling of the clients we have worked with.
Any job that requires less than 32 hours/per week is considered part-time. We have even placed professionals in jobs that require only 10 hours/month.
We do place professionals into full-time, flexible job arrangements, but the employer must agree to some kind of flexibility. Our specialty, however, is part-time employment. If you need full-time work with benefits, our model is probably not a good fit for you. We are very reluctant to place someone who needs full-time and benefits into a part-time arrangement. Doing so often results in both an unhappy employee and unhappy employer.
For a job to be considered full-time flexible, the employer must agree to a minimum of 8 hours/week of virtual work. The schedule for virtual hours is mutually agreed upon by both the employer and the employee. For example, the employer and employee may agree to virtual work from home one day per week, or 6 hours of on-site work each day, with the remaining hours working from home.
No, we are not a temporary service, and we do not source for immediate, temporary assignments that are short in duration. We are a staffing firm that specializes in part-time job placements that typically require 10-32 hours/week. The majority of our jobs are permanent placements.
Yes. We do place professionals with employers that have short-term or on-going, project-based needs. For example, we have placed professionals at client worksites to support proposal development efforts, write a marketing plan, conduct an audit, fill in for an employee on maternity leave, etc.
We place professionals in a broad-range of business fields, including: Finance & Accounting, Administration, Sales & Account Management, Marketing/Public Relations/Communications, Business Development, Project Management, Technical & Proposal Writing, Human Resources, Web Development, Graphic Design and Legal. This is only a partial listing. Even if your area of expertise falls outside of the above categories, we encourage you to register with us. We source for a wide variety of great, meaningful jobs! We do not, however, source in the medical or education fields (doctors, nurses, medical assistants, teachers, etc.).
Sometimes. We do work with job seekers (mothers or fathers with high school-aged children for example) who desire part-time for 1-2 years but hope to increase hours to full-time afterwards. This situation where hours ramp up gradually over time is often a win-win for both employee and employer. In these instances, the possibility of such an arrangement will often be addressed in the job posting, and both the job seeker and the employer must be open and clear about their needs and desires with regard to hours.
The bulk of the jobs listed on our website, however, are truly part-time jobs. We do not consider our part-time placements as a way to get into an organization to apply for full-time work. Our specialty is part-time, and that is our focus when recruiting, screening, and placing candidates.
HOW TO REGISTER/JOIN OUR NETWORK
You must complete a short registration form and upload your resume online via our registration page. It is a simple and quick process. You will create a password, which will allow you to go on-line at any time to update your profile, upload a new version of your resume, and/or apply for a job. By registering online, you will give the entire FlexProfessionals team direct and immediate access to your resume. Please do not email your resume to an individual team member. While it may feel as if your resume is entering a black hole, we do review every resume that comes into our system.
We strongly prefer that you submit your resume in MS Word. We use a boolean search system to match job seekers to open jobs, and MS Word is always searchable! If you prefer to use a .pdf file format, please make sure that you electronically convert your resume to a .pdf file format. In other words, if you scan a hard copy of your resume and convert it to .pdf or if you take a camera shot of your resume, these formats are not searchable, and your resume will not be picked up during a search.
Absolutely not! When you join our network by registering with us, there are NO fees or obligation on the part of the job seeker. Note: some people confuse us with FlexJobs, which charges job seekers a fee to access their flexible job listings. While many of our jobs are posted on the FlexJobs website, you do not need an account with FlexJobs to view or apply for our jobs. All of our jobs are posted directly on our website under Job Postings.
Forever, really. If you would like us to make your profile inactive or to remove you from our network entirely, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. When you upload a new resume, it becomes your “default” resume. Your previous resume, however, remains in the system. This is helpful if you have multiple resumes. If you want to keep more than one resume, just label the resumes in such a way that we can distinguish between them, i.e. “Jones Sales Resume” and “Jones Admin Resume”.
You may update your profile as often as needed.
No, we do not require you to check in. Once you have registered with us, we assume that you are interested and ready to work! If your status changes, however, you may contact us with updated information by emailing email@example.com.
If your status changes, send us an update via email, and we will change your status in our database. For status changes: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to high volume, we kindly request that candidates NOT call the office. Instead, please email Maura Connelly at email@example.com or Sheila Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a response to your inquiry within 24-48 hours. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
No problem! Join our mailing list and you will receive our “New Jobs” email with the latest job listings every other Tuesday morning. This is a great way to get a feel for the types of opportunities out there.
JOB SEARCH SERVICES
We currently offer career re-entry, resume, LinkedIn, interview, and networking workshops to support our job seekers. Please check out our job search services page for a complete listing of our offerings.
Our job seeker resource page also contains a wealth of useful information (websites, articles, handouts, books, etc.) to support your job search. Resources are organized by topic area: Re-Entry, Career Exploration, Self-Assessment, Skills Development, Resume, Networking, Interview, 50+ Professionals, etc.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A JOB
As impersonal as it sounds, the best way to apply for a job is to log into our system via our registration page and apply online. It is a simple and quick process. By applying online, our entire team will immediately know that you are interested in a job, and they will have direct access to your information. Please do not call the main office or notify individual team members of your interest in applying for a job. While it may feel as if your application is entering a black hole, we do review every application that comes into our system, and we will reach out to you via phone or email if we think there is a fit between your skills and experiences and our business client’s needs.
There are four ways. First, as a member of our network, you will automatically receive our “New Jobs” emails, which we send every other Tuesday morning. Second, at any time you may view our job postings, which is a comprehensive listing of all job openings. Third, you may log into our system, search jobs and create an alert so that you are notified when a job is posted that matches your search criteria. Lastly, connect with us via LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, as we use social media to advertise new job openings.
When you apply online, copy and paste your cover letter and/or include any additional information in the “comments” section of your online profile. This information is often very helpful to us!
It is impossible to predict. While we follow the same process for each job, every job and client are unique, and the time to fill is often affected by factors outside our control. It generally takes between 4 and 12 weeks to fill a job. Nonetheless, it has taken as few as 24 hours and as long as 8 months to fill a job.
No, we do not send the resumes of all applicants to an employer. Part of our services to our clients is to carefully screen and select only the top candidates that meet both the job requirements and the client’s unique needs.
When you apply for a job through our website, you are applying to us and letting us know that you are interested in a job. We do not submit to the employer the resumes of all candidates who apply for a job. If, however, we submit your resume to our business client and the client is interested in meeting with you, we will give you the name of the company and other helpful information so that you can research the company prior to the interview.
HOW THE SCREENING PROCESS WORKS
Unfortunately, with 7,000+ professionals in our growing network, we have to be highly selective with regard to whom we interview. We only interview the top 3-6 candidates that we are considering for actual jobs we are trying to fill. If we have a cancellation or open interview slots, we do make every effort to reach out to other job seekers in our network and invite them to interview. We select those job seekers that we believe are most likely to be placed, based on several factors including experience in relation to our clients’ needs, technical skills, desired hours, rate and location.
We know this is frustrating for our job seekers, and for us too. For this reason, we make every effort to connect with our candidates in other ways – our “New Jobs” emails, social media, speaking engagements via community groups, and through our job search services.
We wish we could find everyone a job, but our primary focus is to sell our part-time model to employers and meet their needs for talent. In the end, that is how we best serve our network – by bringing more rewarding, part-time jobs to professionals like you.
The often impersonal nature of the job search process can be highly frustrating and even demeaning to job seekers. We also know that the more candidates we meet, the better job we do filling our business clients’ needs for talent. In an effort to better support and connect with our candidates, we offer regularly-scheduled job search workshops. Built into these workshops is time for job seekers to meet individually with members of our team.
We do both. If you are being considered for an actual job, you are likely to be phone-interviewed first. One thing that sets us apart from other staffing agencies is our “high-touch” approach to screening candidates. We will also interview you in person before sending you to interview with an employer.
For DC metro area candidates, we interview at our office, located in the Mason Enterprise Center, 4031 University Boulevard, Fairfax, VA. You must be invited to interview. We use email and an online sign-up system to schedule interviews.
For Boston metro candidates, our Territory Manager will schedule interviews at a location of mutual convenience, i.e. coffee shop, local library, etc.
Yes, absolutely. Even if you have yet to be interviewed, you may apply for a job opportunity, and we will review and consider your application. If we think you may be a fit, we will bring you in for an in-person interview prior to interviewing with a client.
No. You only need to interview in-person one time. After that, you will just need to briefly interview via phone so you can learn more about the specific opportunity and we can determine together whether you may be a good fit for the client and job.
After you apply, our process looks like this:
- We review the resumes and any other information we have on file of all candidates who have applied for the job.
- We identify the top candidates who are a possible match and conduct a brief phone interview.
- We narrow the candidate pool further and bring in 3-5 of the strongest candidates for an in-person interview with us. At this point, you will know if we are submitting your resume to the client.
- If our business client wants to interview you, we will notify you and manage this process.
- After you interview with a client of ours, we will update you on the status of the placement.
If you apply for a job online, we will notify you via email when the job for which you had applied has been filled. If we send you to interview with one of our clients, we will keep you updated on the status of the placement process.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I AM PLACED IN A JOB?
No. All fees associated with employment are paid by the employer, not the job seeker.
It depends. Our business clients have the option to hire you directly into their organization, at which point you would become an employee of the employer. We also give our business clients the option to have FlexProfessionals hire you as an hourly employee of ours, at which point your paycheck would come from us. Once you accept an offer, our Account Executive working with you will guide you and explain the payroll process to you.
It depends on the job, but most often our job seekers are placed as W-2 employees. We follow the Department of Labor (DOL) and IRS guidelines regarding job classification. Our Account Executive with whom you are working will discuss your proper job classification with you during the placement process.
If you are hired as an hourly employee of FlexProfessionals, you will receive no benefits. If you are hired directly by the employer, whether you receive benefits will depend upon the policies of the employer.
Once you are placed by FlexProfessionals, we will not look for a replacement job for you, with two exceptions. The first exception is when the candidate informs the employer at the start of the search process that he/she is looking for new employment and plans to use the services of FlexProfessionals. The employer must give permission for the employee to use our services. The second exception is when the employee has the bandwidth to take on additional work, and the current employer is open to this kind of arrangement.