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How Can You Ask About Telecommuting Without Seeming Lazy?

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I have been fortunate to have the flexibility to work from home as needed in my last several jobs. I have an office and usually work from the office, but with two small children, it has been extremely helpful to be able to call or email and say I'm working from home today!

When looking for a new job, how can I delicately find out if that is an option or not without seeming like I will take advantage?

ANSWER: Telecommuting, or working from home at least some of the time, is not all that unusual these days. More and more employers are accepting, and even encouraging it.

When you interview, I'd probably say something like, "I currently telecommute a couple of days a week and both my current employer and I have found that this has been a win-win situation. Do you offer this kind of flexible working arrangement for your employees?"

You'll need to be prepared to discuss how this arrangement has benefited your employer, not just yourself.

Good luck,

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