Ever heard of the dot jobs (.jobs) domain? If you're a typical job hunter, I'd wager the answer is no.
Though in existence since 2005, this top level domain (an Internet address suffix like .com or .edu) has not been on the radar of most job seekers. Although it has been a repository of job postings by major companies, it simply wasn't user friendly enough to merit much notice by consumers.
However, it's been revamped. So if you're looking for a job--work at home or not--now is the time to check it out. The universe.jobs site pulls together a network of 40,000 new sites that serve as an index for the global collection of job postings on the dot-jobs domain.
Now you can search for jobs geographically by going directly to sites like usa.jobs or cincinnati.jobs or search by position typing in, say, editor.jobs or callcenter.jobs. Simply type these sites in your browser, and pages filled with jobs postings from major employers pop up.
But when jobs are geographically arranged, it can be tough to find the telecommute jobs in the mix. In fact, if you try typing in telecommute.jobs, you'll get an error. At least, workathome.jobs will redirect you to a search of the usa.jobs site, sorted with "work at home" as a keyword. So the domain does have some limitations for would-be telecommuters.
But that said, universe.jobs can still be a useful tool for telecommuting job hunters. When you're looking for a telecommuting job, you never want to neglect your own local job market. Theoretically, you can work for a company anywhere in the country, but in reality companies often like to keep remote employees close to home. So search your own job market for telecommuting jobs. Plus, give the workathome.jobs a try, though the number of postings it returns can be overwhelming.