If you are like me, you probably have spent time job hunting throughout your career. It’s not easy. It takes work.
What I do to find remote work is to find good sources of remote job listings, then build up a process to keep applying for jobs as they become available.
Finding Remote Job Listings
First, where do you even find good remote job listings? There are many sites, but these are the best I’ve found:
For developers, those are among the most popular remote job listing sites. Those sites also cater to other types of jobs, but to a lesser degree.
It is also a good idea to look at local and regional websites. Many times companies offer the option to telecommute or work remotely, but don’t always list their jobs on remote work sites.
How To Apply For Remote Jobs
Everyone has their own system, but I stick to the basics. Get yourself a solid resume. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but it should have a decent layout.
Save your resume as PDF so it’s easy to send to anyone.
To save yourself some time, create a cover letter template. There are many things you can reuse in your cover letter, so don’t overcomplicate it. This is a big time saver.
Word of caution, double check your personalization, so it doesn’t look like a cover letter template. That is unprofessional and won’t get you the job.
Last, take the time to apply for jobs as they become available. The only way you get a job is by applying.
I use the paint every day approach when I’m job hunting and I try to send out applications every day if I can. Job hunting is a numbers game.
Play the numbers.
The Remote Job Interview Process
Remote job interviews are pretty similar to a normal hiring process. There is some email correspondence, phone interviews, and possibly in person interviews.
Like any other hiring process, don’t count your eggs ‘til they are hatched. You don’t have a job until you have a job.
I’ve seen many times promising jobs disappear for no reason. Even if you do a great job interviewing and are a perfect fit, sometimes things don’t work out.
That is why you play the numbers. It’s the only way to get an advantage.
Remote Work Job Skills
There are a few core skills I think you should have if you are working remote.
First, good communication is MORE important if you aren’t in person. Be good at talking on the phone, Skype, GoToMeeting, Slack, Email, and Video Chat.
If you don’t like communicating digitally, remote work isn’t for you.
Second, file sharing, and collaborative tools are your best friend. Everything is in the cloud now which is great, but you have to make good use of it. Be comfortable with Dropbox, Google Drive, Office 365, Slack, Basecamp, and other tools.
Third, a good remote office is critical to focused work. Many people can make work from home a positive experience, but if that doesn’t work for you a coffee shop or coworking space is incredibly helpful.
I like coworking spaces. It keeps me a bit sane to be around people.
Last, it’s still a job so you need to build relationships with your coworkers and you need to do the work. If you don’t do good work, remote work won’t last for you.
At the end of the day, remote working is still work. Treat it like a job and do it well.
If you do all of those things, you’ll be fine.
P.S. I unpack more ideas in Creative Genius.