In the age of the internet, a person can find just about anything online. While that statement is true, how does that work when it comes to finding remote jobs? How do you know where to look?
This past year does have its pros believe it or not. So many companies were forced to have their employees work remotely. Many companies came to see a stark advantage to remote workers. First, companies’ overhead was cut by a reduction in office space. Second, many companies began to see more productivity from their remote workers.
Now as the pandemic is hopefully coming to an end and more and more companies are back up to speed, some of those companies are choosing to continue with remote staff either by choice or offering a choice to their employees. Still, other companies are utilizing fully remote staff as it opens the company up to a wider range of employee selection since they are no longer restricted by a specific location.
Now, what are your next steps?
Let me preface this list by saying that these tips below will apply to higher-level remote jobs as opposed to very low pay/entry-level remote jobs.
- Make sure remote work is really what you want – review the pros and cons (we discussed them in the June 28 LinkedIn Live that can be found >>HERE<< . Using LinkedIn as your personal “website” can help people see you and it may give them the idea that your services are a fit for them. That is how I get clients. I show them what they didn’t” know they needed.
- Decide what type of remote job is the right fit for you. Specifically, are you looking for full-time, US-based or another country, hybrid on-location plus remote or even part-time?
- Build a strong LinkedIn profile that showcases your skills and accomplishments, as well as, how you think, communicate, and the knowledge that you have for the job you want.
- Reach out to companies that currently are still utilizing a remote workforce, as well as, reach out to your network for any companies or jobs they are aware of in your industry or field. Prepare a target company list especially to keep track of the companies you hear about and are researching. Think outside the box for companies or even jobs that you may not have considered. Job boards are just one of the many places, so look beyond job boards. Read news articles and magazines like Inc. looking for companies that mention remote workers.
- Tailor your resume for a remote job application – meaning be sure that you are knowledgeable about online tools, apps, or any other software that your job may require. Also really emphasize your communication skills, self-sufficiency, and autonomy.
There are certain industries that will allow more remote work than other industries.
- Computer/information technology
- Content creation
- Teaching – any level school, public or private, and non-traditional schools or workshops
- Human resources and recruiting
- Customer service
No matter what you choose, remember to look in a wide variety of places and talk to a wide variety of people. Remote jobs can be ideal for the right reasons, but they can also be wrong for many reasons as well.
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