With remote jobs on the rise, there is a great appeal to the idea of being able to work from home, or really from anywhere. It gives you more flexibility and freedom to work as you please, split of up your day or only work part-time for decent pay, which can be great for someone who has other obligations (such as a parent) that requires splitting up your work hours during the day.
But, how do you find them? The online world has definitely made job searching easier but there are still difficulties when looking for remote jobs. There are some great tools and tactics you should be utilizing in order to find remote opportunities for you.
Decide What You Want To Do
First thing’s first: figure out the type of remote job you are looking for, and how much time you’d like to spend on it. You should utilize your skills and find what will work for you. There are numerous jobs out there, so make sure you explore all of your options. Freelance work could include copywriting, SEO, social media management, Pinterest management, life coaching, career coaching, Blogging, or content management. Remote work for a company could entail customer service work at home or a remote job that might require travel.
Take Some Training
Though it’s not always necessary, it might be a good idea to take some training in your field of interest. There are resources out there that you can use to take some free training, such as Hubspot, or Platforms like Skillshare, Coursera, and Udemy have huge selections of courses in everything from Adobe Photoshop to marketing to presentation skills. Be sure to take advantage of all opportunities to add to your set of skills.
Know Where Remote Jobs Are
Make sure you do your research! There are certain fields that have good opportunities for work from home jobs and might be where you least expect them. Some of the top career fields that will have those opportunities include Healthcare, Computer/IT, Sales, Education, and Human Resources industries. Take time to look into the companies you admire most and look for flexible work programs or home-based opportunities. You might be surprised at how many companies have openings!
Make sure when you’re looking online to use the right keywords when searching, and be aware of scams - there are a lot of them out there. Don’t use phrases when searching like “work at home”, instead look utilizing words like “remote”, “virtual” and “telecommute.”
"Take time to look into the companies you admire most and look for flexible work programs or home-based opportunities."
Network, Network, and Network Some More
This is probably the fastest, easiest way for you to find remote work. You hear this being said a lot but probably don’t have the first clue as to how to go about actually networking to find your work. There are several ways that you can do this.
So where do you find people to make connections and network?
Facebook Groups are a great way to scope out areas where your ideal clients or target market may be. Not only that, but you can use them as a way to connect with other people who are doing the same type of work you’d like to get into, possibly finding a mentor or coach that can help you get started.
LinkedIn is another way to find connections because you can connect with people you know which will lead you to connect with people in your scope of business interests. You can look by the company if you know what businesses might have the remote opportunities you’re hoping to snag as well.
There are community sites such as Inbound or HackerNews that you can utilize to grow your network. If you’re nervous about how you should be reaching out, try to gain some common ground with people you know, and send them an email or a private message. Keep it short and to the point, talking about their business or position, how you might be able to assist them and be sure to make it easy for them to refer you to the company or organization.
Beef Up Your Resume
It’s important to make sure that you showcase your skills and abilities in your resume. Include things such as your excellent written and verbal communication, time management and self-discipline. You should also make a list of all of the software and technologies that you are familiar with, because many remote opportunities will want extensive knowledge in areas like social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) and applications like Asana, Hubspot, and Zoom. Don’t forget to include utilizing online document sharing programs like Google Drive and Canva.
Finding a remote job for you can be as easy as reaching out to a colleague or friend that you know who is already telecommuting, and find out how they got there. They may be able to give you some helpful tips to begin your search so that you can find the same type of work arrangement for yourself.