This article is about finding a remote job. And I don't mean a short term or one-time remote job to earn some dollars, but a regular remote job with a regular salary. This article is also about changing your ways (temporary) into a job-finding-focus, if you understand what I mean. It's a mindset you must have to get your remote job (with other words, a strong motivation to get remote work). And when you have it, it will change your life. Look at it like a teenager finished with school and is motivated to get a dream job. You'll have a job, a good salary, (limited) freedom, and likely a new perspective. And above all, stability.
But if you think that remote work is easy, you can do what you want, you can work when (/if) you want, get always salary, well, think again. Remote work leads to better productivity, and much more hours than a normal job. It's really hard work, much harder than normal work. And there is no chatting with your co-workers or your boss or work lunches/brunches and dinners.
But it doesn't come for free! You need to invest. Not investing in money, but attitude, motivation and focus. We continue here with the article.
The modern technology has made a remote job more and more a common thing, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to your phone, computer, applications, apps, tools and platforms like Google Hangouts, Skype, Facebook, LinkedIn and Slack, many companies run successful businesses in which employees working remotely, from co-working spaces in different cities, or from anywhere with good WiFi and a decent environment, even on the beach.
I know a real example of a woman, who read my article here about remote work. She got a job at IBM as data-entry clerk. It's a steady remote job, 6 hours a day and enough salary to pay her rent and bills. She lives in Norway (the northern part of it, close to Lapland). I know about it, because she gave me as a reference and IBM checked it out.
Ten years ago, a search for “remote job" or "work from home” jobs would more likely lead you to a scam artist than to a legitimate opportunity. Today, the landscape has totally changed - but have your job search tactics changed along with it?
Use a search engine
Research “completely distributed” or “100% distributed” companies or "remote job wanted", and you’ll find a list of organizations that don’t even have a main office. Their employees work from different locations all around the world. While many of these businesses are start-ups, others are established, medium and large companies—and all offer remote employment opportunities. Bookmark their “Careers” pages and check in regularly. In Google, you get this (as an example):
'100 percent distributed': 12 companies that only hire virtual ...
100% Remote! 13 Cool Companies to Apply to Today ...
Job Search Sites
Though you can always search the mainstream engines with the keywords "remote" or “work from home,” job search engines like FlexJobs are teeming with remote opportunities, the quality of the postings are legitiem and the legitimacy of the position.
FlexJobs especially is a great resource to find telecommuting positions with established companies like Aetna, Amazon, Microsoft, Dell, and many more, whereas WorkRemote.ly tends to focus more on the start-up, tech scene. But FlexJobs has thousands of other kind of remote jobs available. Take a look yourelf.
LinkedIn is a good one for job search. You pay a couple of dollars for a month of membership and you can search for thousands of jobs, 40% of them remote.
You can always use the Job Database page here in this site for jobs suitable for you, otherwise the articles Hoe to get the best remote job?, Freelance sites for finding work, Equipment needed for a remote job, Best remote jobs and more here.
Search niche career sites
You’d be surprised by how much traction you’ll get by searching niche sites that focus on specific fields. On Idealist.org, a non-profit employment opportunity website, you can find multiple work from home, flexible location jobs and you can filter specifically for these positions. MediaBistro.com also offers the option to search for WFH jobs, as does GoodFoodJobs.com, and many others. Angel.co, which is a job search engine for startups, is another great place to look.
Build (and tap into) your network
You want to have a job, not? A remote job. In that case you need to organize yourself and focus your life the coming days, weeks or months to get your job. In order to do that, you need to do your homework first.
- And with homework I mean change, prepare or create your resume, update your profiles in the social media (reflecting your resume), create a (free) webpage on the internet with your resume.
- Than you need to take anyone you know and let them know that you're searching for a remote job (and refer them also to this site please (grin, laugh)).
- Make a plan and put it on paper. Look at the plan as a campaign, which you'll launch with everything you have.
- And when (note, I don't say 'if') you have your remote job, buy something from the shop here to support the site.
When it comes to work at remote job opportunities, networking and referrals are more important than ever. After all, an employer has to have more trust established at the outset than they would if their employees were co-located and could be supervised at an office.
A good idea to publish articles in a blog and use those as focus point for a potential employer, so he or she gets a perspective of your thoughts and abilities. If you want, you can publish articles in this blog under your own name or a name you supply. Contact me for such possibility and I make it working.
Tap into your network and try to find out if you have any connections to companies that hire work from home or remote employees. If you live in a city, keep your eyes open for work from home networking events. You might even consider buying a day pass to job search from a co-working space, where you are bound to meet entrepreneurs, employees and other people in a flexible work situation.
It's a good idea to invest in a job networking site, like LinkedIn. For a $40, you have one month to tap in their advanced and large job database, which includes searches, specialized searches, etc. You bet you that you earn the $40 back as soon as possible.
The importance of career networking shouldn't be discounted when you're in the midst of a job search. Career networking should become a part of your daily work and career-related endeavors. Your career network should be in place for when you need it, both for job searching and for moving up the career ladder. Since you never know when you might need it, it makes sense to have an active career network.
The Purpose of Career Networking
Career networking involves using personal, professional, academic or familial contacts to assist with a job search, achieve career goals, learn more about your field, or another field you'd like to work in. Networking can be a good way to hear about job opportunities or get in at a company you'd like to work with.
Why Spend Time on Career Networking
Networking can help you get hired and grow your career. LinkedIn reports:
- 80% of professionals consider professional networking to be important to career success.
- 35% of surveyed professional say that a casual conversation on LinkedIn Messaging has led to a new opportunity.
- 61% of professionals agree that regular online interaction with their professional network can lead the way into possible job opportunities.
- Past or present co-workers, colleagues, managers, supervisors, or employees
- Past or present clients and customers
- Business associates
- Alumni of your undergraduate or graduate alma mater
- Acquaintances you know from your personal life
- Acquaintances you know through your spouse or your family
- People from your church, gym, yoga studio, or community organization
- Past or present teachers or professors
- Anyone you meet and have a productive, professional conversation about your career path