There are countless job boards out there nowadays. Many of them cater towards specific niches, such as by industry, as well as towards remote workers and digital nomads. In fact, with all of the telecommute job platforms available, it can be easy to forget that “standard” job boards may have a tonne of work from home opportunities available as well.
Sure, remote job boards are definitely useful. After all, one major advantage is that you don’t have to get halfway through the interview process to find out whether or not you have to relocate for the job. This is especially important in non-digital, more “traditional” roles such as lawyers, HR professionals, admins, accountants, etc.
While telecommute platforms should definitely be in your bookmarks and you should certainly check them regularly (or sign up for email alerts), there is no reason to rule out the likes of more “normal” job platforms and search engines. After all, it is highly likely that many remote companies will advertise for positions on these platforms too.
Are there any other job boards you think belong on this list? Feel free to send me suggestions!
Standard Job Boards
|Indeed.com is, in my opinion, probably one of the best “normal” job platforms for finding remote work. Not only do they have a “remote” filter but they simply have thousands of jobs listed at any one time. Admittedly, searching through can be tedious but you’ll definitely find some gems here.|
I have said it before but I will say it again…
…there are probably more work at home jobs available on “standard” job platforms than anywhere else.
The catch to this, of course, is that they aren’t always visible. For the most part, employers tend to advertise what the job is about. After all, they have a need that they are trying to fulfil. Half of the time, those who write the job ads themselves aren’t even sure what they’re looking for. That is unfortunately the sad state of HR today.
Generally speaking, it is more or less up to you to do the digging and to find out whether or not a job actually is remote. Naturally, the industry you work in is also going to play a role in whether or not you could do most (or all) of it from home.
Those who work in the likes of tech or online marketing will generally have a lot more leeway than others. Surprisingly, there are also plenty of customer service jobs that also allow their employees to work from home. Often these roles involve customer support through telephone, email and video chat.
Another factor to consider is your location. Some countries are a lot more progressive in terms of letting people work from home. Additionally, while many companies may be more than happy to hire people remotely, they may insist on a specific time zone or country due to legal reasons.
How to find remote jobs on “normal” job boards
While telecommute job sites are a great resource, there are unfortunately big limitations to them. The biggest disadvantage, by far, is the fact that a single job posting can get thousands of applicants. This means that your chances of getting an interview are pretty slim. When you compete with so many applicants on a global scale, you really have to up the ante when it comes to applying for a job.
Finding a remote job on more “standard” sites is a little easier, however. This is especially true if you find a company hiring nearby. It means you can actually go in for a physical interview and wow them with your physical presence first. Beyond that, you also need a bit of strategy…
Use the right keywords!
The digital world is all about keywords or so it seems. When using a job search engine, the best way to find a suitable position is by typing keywords. For example, if you’re looking for a job in software then you may want to type in “software engineer” and whatever other specs, such as the location. Usually then a list of job ads in your area will pop up.
So, that’s how it generally works. However, what if we were to tweak it a little bit? There’s no need to limit yourself to job title and city/region/country. You can add more keywords to narrow down your search. If you are specifically looking for a remote-friendly position, don’t forget to try out combinations with the follow:
- Remote OK
- Home based
- Work from home
- Home office
Another invaluable piece of advice is to do some research and find out what other terms companies (especially within your industry) may be likely to use. Additionally, always make sure to try out different keyword combinations and use multiple job sites! When looking for a new role, pull out all the stops!
For example, you can try out “software engineer” + “home based”, or “web developer” + “remote OK”, etc.
A word on location
Do you like in the UK? There may be employers across the world willing to hire people remotely from wherever they can. Go onto the different country versions of Indeed, Monster etc. (with some boards, you may need a VPN…). This can be used in conjunction with the previous technique. When searching within your own country, even adding a keyword like “countrywide” or “nationwide” and other variations could bring up some interesting results.
Don’t rule out other jobs
If you see a job posting that doesn’t mention remote work (at all), don’t rule it out! If you still think it sounds interesting, apply anyway. The thing is, depending on how much they like your profile or need you, it may be possible to figure out some kind of remote work arrangement. Most companies offer in-office positions because it’s the done thing. As time goes on, remote positions will become more common.