Tired of having to commute everyday to work? Are you not getting along with your colleagues? Do you just simply need a change? Try and get a remote job!
Getting a decent remote job with no previous experience might seem impossible. Here are a few tips that will guide you while looking for your first remote job.
Benefits of having a remote job
It is no surprise that having a remote job is the ultimate dream for many. Benefits that come with working remotely are quite endless. The greatest perks though, are represented by time flexibility, no geographic limitation (work remotely), often not having to put up with colleagues, and simply put, comfort.
Productivity is also at a chance of becoming higher when working from home. While it might seem that working from home brings more opportunities for procrastination, the statistics say otherwise. A krisp.ai statistic from this august shows that Remote Employee Productivity Beats Office Productivity. Remote employees seem to have excellent time management skills.
Another statistic done by Flexjobs found that 66% of remote workers felt their productivity was improved when at home instead of the office. Also Stanford confirmed these statistics with a nine-month-long study that concluded remote workers were 13% more productive than their in-office counterparts.
1. How to find a remote job?
Remote jobs are now easier to land than ever before. With so many freelance and remote job opportunities being offered across the internet, one can definitely find a perfect fit. Finding a remote job might sometimes require your patience. Landing the desired Work-from-Home job position can take up to a few months and hiring platforms often appear to be overcrowded with job applicants. Therefore, you need to make yourself stick out of the crowd to get noticed by recruiters. Before starting the journey of finding yourself a remote job, there are some things you should keep in mind and be careful about.
What should you keep an eye out for?
- Do not share any personal financial information (such as your social security number or date of birth)
- Do not apply for any jobs which require up-front expenses from you
- A person offering you a job without them asking for your references or your portfolio is probably a scammer.
- Avoid Job ads with things in their description like “Quick money,” “Unlimited earning potential”
2. Use Online Courses to gain skills
Making the range of your skill set wider enables you to land more remote job opportunities since HR often prioritizes applicants with a wider range of skills.
Choosing the right online courses will help you stick out of the crowd. Your skills are the only thing you can showcase when looking for a remote job without any previous remote work experience. This can also help you become listed at the top above other job applicants in entry-level jobs.
3. Choose what area you want to work in
Being passionate is the only way to endure in a job position without feeling burned out.
While working from home can be very comfortable and flexible, it can also become unpleasant since it lacks a bit of dynamic. We will explain this in more detail later in the article.
For inspiration, here are some of the most common areas in which people find a remote job:
- Translation services
- Writing (Blog writing, Creative writing, Copywriting)
- SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
- Marketing (including social media marketing)
- Social media specialist
- Video editing, Graphic Design
- Accountant/financial consultant
4. LinkedIn Profile
While LinkedIn is not the best place to search for remote jobs (explained later in the article), most HR employees will search your LinkedIn profile to see any of your previous job experience, your skills, languages you know, certificates, etc.
Make sure to upload a professional headshot of yourself when creating your LinkedIn profile, it is the first thing that most people notice. We recommend you to make your headshot look natural, a forced-looking photo makes you look really anxious. LinkedIn also offers their users to take Skill Assessments in programmes such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Excel or in various programming languages such as Python, or SQL which will earn you a skill badge for your profile upon successful completion.
5. Where can you find remote job opportunities?
There is a huge number of job-listing platforms nowadays enabling anyone to find their desired job position. These platforms are used for communication and finding job opportunities easily along with a friendly UI. However, it is quite important to choose the correct platform when looking for part-time or full-time remote jobs since on some platforms they can be impossible to find.
The following list shows platforms which have an easy-to-use UI as well as thousands of remote job offers:
- Upwork – While Upwork might appear overcrowded, with the right skill set and self-promotion skills it is still possible to land your desired remote job. Pricing on Upwork can feel like a slow process at first. You may feel your services are being underpriced in the beginning, but once you develop a regular clientele, you will get more good reviews leading to well-paid jobs. This website is also suitable for freelancers since a wide variety of freelance jobs are offered on the platform.
- FlexJobs – This platform specializes in remote and flexible work. For a subscription (14.99$ a month) you can use FlexJobs as a trustworthy database of jobs while free-to-use platforms often include fake job offers. FlexJobs offer full-time and part-time gigs. They offer job postings from a great variety of industries and make communication with job-posters often lightning quick.
- JustRemote – JustRemote has recently become a powerhouse in the area of remote job search reaching hundreds of new remote jobs listed within the last month alone. Job listings include remote positions in fields such as: writing, SEO, social media, HR, marketing, design, and many more.
- Remote.com – This website enables Job seekers to apply for free when their profile description matches the job requirements. A 19$ premium option allows their users to get additional exposure for getting noticed on top of the lists. When looking at the companies that hire on Remote.com, you’ll find some very big names from various industries. Their posts are getting quick response times mostly ranging 1-2 days.
- Reddit – While reddit might not ring a bell when it comes to job platforms, its giant community offers some opportunities as well. Some companies prefer to stay out of job platforms and post free job spots on multiple subreddits to reach a specific audience. Here are some job focused subreddits: Work Online, Digital Nomad, Work From Home, Skip the Drive
- Xing – Xing is a German counterpart to LinkedIn. It is an online business network that allows you to connect with peers, find job opportunities and share experiences and insights. This platform is a must do if you are planning to work in Germany, Switzerland, or Austria.
- WeWorkRemotely – Topping of the list, we introduce WeWorkRemotely to you. They pose the largest remote work community in the world. Reaching over 4.5M visitors, WeWorkRemotely is the right destination to visit when looking for a remote job.
6. Which platforms should you avoid while searching for a remote job?
- LinkedIn – While LinkedIn is probably the biggest job network in the world right now, it is not always the right place for people who want to work remotely. You can find thousands of job listings on LinkedIn, but the jobs will require your on-site presence most of the time, therefore the jobs are not remote.
- Monster – This platform rarely posts remote job offers, and when they do, the jobs are often location specific or with an unknown company. Like LinkedIn, it is a good platform to find an on-site job opportunity.
- Indeed – Companies on this platform often seem sketchy. The remote jobs that are actually remote are sometimes almost impossible to find on Indeed with them coming out as being on-site or location specific.
7. Find out what remote job employers are searching for
Remote work employers are usually looking for someone who is trustworthy and has passion for their job. Being trustworthy is even more important with remote jobs than with on-site jobs since remote employers need to hire people who they can trust. Having an employee a company can rely on is key for further progress of the company as well as the employee.
Diversity is another key factor when it comes to remote companies. Working a remote job, you will often find yourself with colleagues and customers from all across the globe. By having diversity in a company, the company is trying to ensure more creativity and originality coming in.
8. Create an easy-to-read Resume
A CV is one of the key documents when it comes to hiring. Your resume should include your skills, qualifications and different details about your personal experience and knowledge which you want to be showcased to potential employers. You can find hundreds of templates online varying in color, lay-out, and overall form. It is important for you to find one that fits your and other people’s visual preferences. Including your skill levels in computer applications like the Microsoft Office package is also a good detail for your resume as well as stating your language proficiency levels and education.
9. How to maintain passion and avoid burnout?
Due to the lack of dynamic often appearing in a remote job, you can easily become bored and unexcited for the job. As stated before, it is very important to find a job position which will fuel your passion for the job and not make you feel like you’re constantly stuck in a repeating routine of calls, job assignments, reports, and tasks.
Realise what your motivation is and find purpose in your work. You should remind yourself of the reason why you are doing what you’re doing everytime you feel in doubt.
Use the possibility of working from anywhere to alter your workspace location, use time wisely to spend free time doing your hobbies and don’t stop socializing if you feel like you need it!
10. Stay hungry for opportunities
Having learnt all of our tips, you can safely embark on your journey to search for your desired remote job! Of course, you can use our tips to try and land the perfect job. Who knows, maybe you will receive your first job offer in a few days if not hours!
But even if finding a good fit will take longer, taking on microtasks can move you up the employee bracket even before getting hired! Show employers why you are the one that should be hired.