Believe it or not, you can find a remote job on “standard” job boards.
Remote job boards are definitely useful. You waste less time when looking for a telecommute position because companies who advertise on these platforms are looking for remote staff. However, that’s no reason to rule out the likes of more “normal” job boards and search engines. In fact, there’s probably a greater number of work at home jobs on these “normal” job platforms.
Of course, you have to do a bit more digging. It depends on your industry, with customer service and tech/programming/software roles having the greatest variety of flexible and remote positions. In addition, it depends on what country you’re searching in.
As someone who managed to find a remote job by going down the “normal” route, I thought it best to impart a little wisdom…
Standard Job Boards
How to find remote jobs on “normal” job sites
Remote and telecommute job sites are often limited in what they offer. While the number may be growing, you still need to have other tricks up your sleeve. Finding a remote job on more “general” job platforms is definitely possible. All you need is a little strategy behind it. Consider…
Use the right keywords!
When using a job search engine, most people try to find suitable positions by typing in keywords. For example, when looking for software jobs you may type in “software engineer” as well as your location. You’ll see a list of job listings in your area matching those criteria. Now, what if you decided to tweak your search a little bit?
Don’t limit yourself to job title and city/region/country. Added keywords to narrow down your search. When looking for something remote, the simply add the following words to your job title:
- Remote OK
- Home based
- Work from home
- Home office
Do a bit of research and find out what other terms companies (especially in your industry) may use. Make sure to try out different keyword combinations! For example, you can try out “software engineer” + “home based”, or “web developer” + “remote OK”.
Don’t restrict your 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.