Most people in the tech industry know all too well how hard finding remote jobs can be. Companies are certainly still eager to find qualified remote workers, but the candidates seeking remote jobs outnumber the available positions by a fairly wide margin.
Fortunately, there are ways to get a leg up on the competition. The four tips you’ll read about in this post will give you the insights you need to find a remote job that fits.
How to Find Remote Jobs
The internet is an amazing tool for conducting an efficient job search. However, despite the thousands of attractive job listings you can find, appealing remote jobs are still a bit of a rarity. That’s why you might need to change your job search methods to find a remote position.
The first thing you need to know is that there are plenty of solid companies that are comfortable working with remote teams. This is true even if they’re not actively looking for remote workers or don’t have these positions listed.
1. Know What You Want Going In
Knowing what type of remote job you’re after is the best way to ensure an efficient search. If you’re not sure exactly what position you want, you can still hone your search by answering the following four questions:
- How much of your work week do you want to spend working remotely?
- Do you want to work for a single company, or would you like to make a go at freelancing?
- How much money do you need to make and do you require a benefits package?
- What is the range of remote jobs for which you would like to apply?
The answers to these questions will automatically narrow the breadth of your search considerably. They will also yield specific search terms that will help you pinpoint just where you should apply.
2. Be Prepared When the Right Position Comes Along
You never know when the right position will come along, so it’s essential to prepare at all times for whatever may come your way. Here are four ways you can be ready when the opportunity finally knocks:
- Complete any job-specific training you might need for the positions you’ve applied for. This could include familiarizing yourself with popular task management and time tracking apps.
- Make sure your resume caters to the job you’re trying to get.
- Prepare separate resumes for each different position. If nothing else, at least change your cover letter.
- Conduct an organized search. Create a dedicated folder in your browser for job search links, for instance. This will save time and free you up to apply for additional positions.
3. Use Networking to Direct Your Remote Job Search
Ask anyone for advice on finding remote jobs, and they’ll inevitably tell you to network. Unfortunately, no one seems to know exactly how to do this. This tends to cause a great deal of anxiety, but use these guidelines, and you’ll be off to a great start:
- Contact qualified people you know reasonably well and are comfortable with for information on possible jobs.
- When contacting these people, write them a friendly and concise email. This email should be specific about the type of position you want to find.
- Send your resume to potential employers as soon as you get a lead. It’s helpful (and the right thing to do) to mention the professional who gave you the referral.
4. Seek Out Hidden Positions
As you probably already know, there are many companies who specialize in helping other businesses with the hiring process. Typically, the methods these companies use are designed to help their clients sift through the hundreds of applications they receive and present them with a few of the most qualified candidates.
Here are some of the best-known hiring platforms that companies use:
- Zoho Recruit
Unfortunately, these sites are geared toward employers, and candidates can’t search their websites for open positions. These sites have a lot of great jobs that need to be filled, however, and you can locate some of them if you know what you’re doing. Here’s a little known way to find these hidden positions.
The first way is by using a very specific type of Google search. Follow the instructions you’ll find here to get started. Repeat these steps for each job site we listed above. There’s a way to filter search results in Google’s Tools option. Use it to narrow results down to the last 30 days and perform the search again once a week. Search for the term ‘recruitment platform’ to track down as many job sites as you can and repeat this process for each of them.
The results these customized searches return won’t always be ideal, but they’re sure to yield a number of positions that fit.
Finding Remote Jobs: The Takeaway
Technology has made working with geographically dispersed teams much easier, but remote jobs can still be challenging to find. There’s a great deal of demand for these jobs, so your application has to demonstrate that you’re the best candidate for a given position. If you’re diligent about following the tips we’ve outlined above, you’re sure to find companies willing to interview you for the type of remote work you really want.