No one can deny that finding work is hard.
When certain requirements come into play, finding a remote job that suits you is even harder. This is thanks to the fiercely competitive nature of application processes. There are a lot of people out there who want to work remotely – and not enough of them. It means you’ll get hundreds (if not thousands) of applications for one single position.
For many of us, it can be incredibly disheartening. You spend all of that time on an application. In return, the best most can hope for is an automated email.
But there’s no point in focusing on how difficult it is, or getting negative. If it’s something you really want, then it IS possible. That’s why we’ve compiled a few of the best tips, tricks and hacks that can help you land the telecommute job of your dreams.
Keep in mind that finding a work from home position takes a lot of guts and persistence. Not only that, you need to find a telecommute position that you actually want to do. And that puts food on the table. There’s no use getting a customer service job you hate, just because they’ll let you work from your couch. If you hate talking to people all day, you’ll still be miserable!
It’s probably not a good idea to push “working remotely” as your main agenda in a job search. Quite frankly, most companies don’t care. Even if an organization advertises themselves as remote, keep talk of “remote work” down to a minimum and focus on what you can bring to the table. What these organizations want to know is that you’re the right fit. If you have experience working remotely in the past, by all means mention it: but in the right context.
Putting telecommuting aside for a moment, let’s focus on something equally as important: finding a role you actually want to do. For some people, this may very well mean taking the time to learn a few extra new skills. For others, it may simply mean retraining as something else. The good news is that this is much easier than it ever was in the past. There are plenty of online courses available to help you make it happen!
Beyond learning new skills, don’t forget about the following points:
First things first: Finding a remote job also means being conscious of time zones
Finding a remote job first means understanding the right job role for you. Essentially, shouldn’t only know what type of work you want to do. You also need to understand how you work best. More specifically, think time zones.
- Are you an early bird? Do you like being up at seven, and finished before three so that you’ve got the rest of the day to spare?
- Or do you prefer slow mornings, starting late and finishing at seven or eight in the evening?
- Perhaps you work best in shifts: a long break in the afternoon, starting again in the evening and then working late into the night?
- Or perhaps you’re not a total routine freak – and prefer to start and finish at different times of the day.
Timezones are a particularly important thing to consider when you work in a distributed team. Even two or three hours’ difference can mean juggling a few things. Sometimes, a job that may seem otherwise perfect could require you to work a few antisocial hours. Remote companies tend to be prepared for this, though and often don’t expect employees to spend all their evenings working.
That being said, it’s something you’ll need to find out early on and make sure you’re comfortable with it.
Your resume is one key to finding a remote job
Finding a remote job, or even a conventional one for that matter, means taking a look at your CV/resume and doing a bit of revision. In fact, it amazing how many job seeker’s don’t pay enough attention to their resumes.
A resume should always be kept up to date… Even if you’re not currently looking for a job!
Anyone serious about finding a high-paying remote position needs to seriously look at their resume and polish it up. And it needs to be damn impeccable. Really, really damn impeccable. Simply because…
…you’re competing with talent from all over the world.
We can’t stress this enough. You’re absolutely not the only person trying to find a remote job. Not by a long shot.
Cover letters are still important
I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of cover letters. At the very least, long-winded ones that go into depth just seem to be a waste of time. I don’t want to spend an hour writing a letter that waxes lyrical about my work history when I actually know very little about a company. That being said, some places demand them so it’s best to follow suit.
In addition, communication skills will be really important in whatever your next remote role is. Which is why a cover letter can be a great way of highlighting these skills when looking for remote jobs: in your introduction, you can very clearly show off your written communication skills. This obviously won’t be the only thing but it is the best way to introduce yourself (and possibly stand out among hundreds of other applicants).
Finding a remote job takes time. Sometimes, a lot of time. But it also takes a bit of effort and strategic thinking. Don’t forget to look in the right places, and also see if there are positions where you may be able to ask for a remote set up… even if it’s not formally mentioned in the job description.