Getting a location independent role through remote job boards is hard.
There. I said it.
You can do everything right: a passionate and gripping cover letter, the most amazing CV known to humanity and apply for the job the moment it’s posted online.
Occasionally, this leads to an interview.
Most of the time? Crickets.
Applying for a job is a long and often draining process – emotionally and mentally. And if you’re looking for a remote job? This process could drag on for over two years.
There must be a better way, right?
There is. In fact:
There are just as many, if not more, remote job openings on Indeed.com than other platforms.
But the amount of remote jobs available isn’t important. What’s important are if those remote roles match you, your skillset and your career goals. Oh, and that you have less competition.
Many of these jobs can be found on Indeed.com (.co.uk, .de, .nl, .ca, co.za, com.au, etc.).
When I originally started looking for specific remote roles, I threw Indeed on the backburner. I focused exclusively on remote job boards.
That was a mistake.
Finding remote jobs on Indeed is actually pretty easy and could mean far less competition. Which means fewer applications and getting a job faster.
How Do I Find Remote Jobs on Indeed?
Indeed’s been around forever. It’s one of the world’s most well-known job sites. The platform gets 250 million unique visitors per month. On average, 9.8 jobs are added to the site per second.
Quite frankly, you’d be silly not to check it now and then.
Thanks to COVID-19, finding remote jobs on Indeed has become even easier. There are several methods you can use to source WFH positions and a few intricacies you should keep in mind. Let me explain…
Method #1: Find Remote Jobs on Indeed Through Filtering
The most obvious and straightforward method. It simply involves keywords, similar to how you would normally search for jobs on the site. Type the keywords related to your role under the “What” section. In the “Where” box, simply type “Remote”, “Work at Home”, “Telecommute” or whatever variation your country uses.
Method #2: If the “Remote” Filter Doesn’t Work, Do This
What if your country’s version Indeed doesn’t have a remote filter? Or there are aren’t any showing up (that happens)?
You can still suss out work from home jobs. Type in your desired role in the “What” section and add a keyword like “Remote”, “WFH” etc. in the same box. You can either pick the nearest big city, region or simply the country you live in to add to the “Where” box. This method is far more tedious, but it does bring up results.
Always remember that sometimes, there just aren’t jobs available. Sometimes, you’ve just gotta wait until things pick up.
Method #3: Forget About “Work From Home” For A Minute
Yes, I know you’d prefer to be location independent or at least location flexible. It’s a pretty reasonable thing to ask if you work in the knowledge economy. However, for practical reasons lets forget about “remote” for a minute.
Next, type your nearest biggest town/city into the “Where” box. If you see nothing, type in your region or country.
When you do get a list of job ads, read them carefully. They may mention remote working options in the fine print. If they not, don’t despair! Apply for the job anyway. Even if remote is very new to the company, you can still try to negotiate a remote work setup.
Important Things to Remember When Looking For A New (Remote) Job
I’ve applied to a lot of jobs and had a lot of interviews in the past two years. I’m no recruiter, but I know how to land a job. Even when the rest of the world is on fire. So, for anyone looking for a remote role via Indeed, here are a few things I’ve learned:
- People don’t always read what they write: Shocking, I know. Some companies may simply copy-paste job ads and change a few words here and there. Some may mention remote work, but will be surprised when you bring it up in the interview. This is your chance to negotiate.
- “Remote” and “work from home” can mean very different things: In English anyway, if a position states “work from home” it may not necessarily mean “remote”. They may still want you in the office, part-time at least. If it’s unclear in the job ad, you can ask them to clarify this in the interview.
- You can beat the competition by having a “Unique Selling Point”: When you read the job ad and research the company, try to figure out their pain. What do they *really* need, and what’s considered a “nice to have”? These are probing points you can bring up in the interview.
While applying for remote jobs from work at home platforms is easy, it’s just not effective. Of course, Indeed isn’t your only channel. You can also find remote roles on platforms on “standard” job boards like LinkedIn and Glassdoor.