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How to find a remote job

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Working remotely used to be a possibility only for a very small and fortunate fraction of the world’s population. Technology advancements in the last decades changed things and accessing to a remote job is now a reality for most people.

One of the best perks of remote work is breaking free from the bounds of location and local job prospects. Including remote work in your job search unveils unique opportunities you wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.

Finding a remote job has its unique challenges, which include showcasing your skills as the best fit for the role and as the best remote worker. Overcoming these can be daunting, but with the right approach you can land that dream job from the comfort of your home!

In this guide we’ll discuss some considerations when pursuing a remote career.

Where to start your remote job search

If you’re looking for a career change, start by assessing your skills and interests to identify potential fields that align with them. Some examples of jobs you can perform remotely are:

  • ✅ Social Media Manager
  • ✅ Software Developer
  • ✅ Executive Assistant
  • ✅ Graphic Designer
  • ✅ Customer Success Specialist
  • ✅ Mobile App Developer
  • ✅ Digital Marketing Specialist
  • ✅ Online Language Tutor
  • ✅ Copywriter
  • ✅ Innovation Consultant

And the list goes on and on. Once you’ve narrowed down a few options, research the industries and companies within those fields to get a sense of their cultures, opportunities for growth, and typical requirements for entry-level positions.

Networking can also be an effective way to break into a new industry or role. Reach out to professionals in your target field for informational interviews. Attend networking events or meetups, and consider joining relevant professional associations or online communities to connect with others pursuing similar career paths.

Remote Worker on Couch

Not only will networking help you gain valuable insights into the field, but it could also lead to job opportunities or potential mentorship relationships that can give you an edge when pursuing a new career path. Additionally, look for ways to gain experience in your desired field through internships, volunteering opportunities or taking on side projects.

It’s About The Skills

Building up relevant skills will demonstrate your commitment and give you valuable experience that can help set you apart from other job candidates.

This can also be your opportunity to learn something new, like Web Development or Digital Marketing, which are highly demanded. You can explore different career paths by taking online courses or attending workshops related to the field if interest, YouTube is also a nice place to start whenever you want to learn a new skill. The cons of following this path is that you’ll need to gain some experience before aiming for a job. This is where side projects, portfolios, freelancing and networking will make the difference.

And finally let’s not overlook communication skills. Being able to communicate your ideas effectively is a great skill to nurture, specially while working remotely, since in person communication is not on the table anymore.

If you’re a native English speaker you already have and advantage, otherwise it’s highly encouraged that you level up your English. Joining the worldwide workforce will mostly require you to at least have a professional conversation level.

To Find A Remote Role You Must

To find a remote role you must enhance or upgrade your networking and skills, we can’t enphatize enough how this 2 things will set you appart from other candidates. Opening yourself to the wordwide market brings a bit more competition, but with all the resources you can find online, mostly for free, there’s no excuse, you have to put the hours.

Once that is done, you can utilize job boards such as Remote Army to find job openings in remote companies that match your skills or area of interests. We have some tips yor you:

  1. Quality over quantity: You shouldn’t just start applying to all jobs you find. You should investigate the company, their product, their culture, etc. Then you can customize your CV and Coverletter specifically for the role, making emphazis on how your skills will provide the best value. When recruiter asks: Why do you want to work here? You should have a consize and not generic answer.

  2. Apply even if you don’t cover ALL the requisites: Many recruiters, specially technical, often just throw requirements that they “think” will fit the role. Sometimes asking for a complete IT departement in a single individual. If the role is something you really like for a job, and you cover some of the skills required go for it! Sometimes it’s just about making sure you have what it takes to be successful in the job, after all skills can be learned.

Remember, it’s important to tailor your resume and cover letter to highlight your relevant skills and experience for the specific remote position you’re applying for. If you have previous remote experience, don’t forget to mention it! Additionally, don’t be afraid to reach out directly to companies that interest you or ask if they offer remote work options.

Watch Out For Scams

When searching for a remote job, keep an eye out for red flags:

  • Ad promises Unlimited earning potential, Investment opportunities or Quick money.
  • Early request for personal or financial info (SSN, birth date).
  • Required up-front expenses (you shouldn’t pay anything to apply for a job).
  • Job offer without checking references.
  • Use your common sense: If it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t.

Stay alert and avoid scams! 🛡️

Interviewing For A Remote Job

Congratualtions! You’ve got your first interview for a remote role, now what?

Preparing for a remote job interview is similar to traditional interviews, but calls for special steps too. Make sure to choose a professional setting. Your setup should be comfortable, clean and distraction-free for a successful virtual meeting.

For a successful interview, ensure you have a reliable internet connection. Wifi and cellular networks are acceptable, but a wired connection is the safest option. Test everything beforehand and ensure everything runs smoothly so there’re no surprises.

Some virtual meetings will require you to dowload some extra software, some examples are Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Cisco’s Webex, or any other requirement. Make sure you dowload these in advance (you’ll know which based on the meeting link the recruiter share with you), don’t risk annoying your interviewer by saying “hang on a second“ to download a program during an interview, only to realize it’s incompatible with your system. Be prepared and avoid any potential tech mishaps!

Conclusion

Finding a remote job could be a daunting task, specially if you have no prior experience working from home. But, as remote workers ourselves, we can tell you it’s worth it.

It’s true, you’ll face new bumps down the road, like missing the socializing part of going to an office, or trouble separating your personal time with work time, but all those are addressable in different ways.

With determination and effort, you can find a fulfilling career in the world of remote work!

If you’re ready, you can find a remote job at Remote Army.

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