I’ve been working remotely for almost 3 years now and whenever I mention this, the first thing I get asked is: How can I get a remote job like yours? With a lot of luck… and some ingenious planning.
First of all, I want to clarify: I don’t sell weight-loss products from home. I’m not involved in a pyramid scheme. I have a normal office job. My office just happens to be at home. So, how can you get a job like mine? Here are my recommendations for getting a legit remote job.
Tips to Get a Remote Job
Know Where to Look
Getting a remote job is hard because there aren’t a ton of jobs out there, especially if your skills are very specific. After all, not every remote company is in need of an email specialist or an inside sales representative.
You have to know where to find remote jobs. Three places I use to search for remote job opportunities are:
For Indeed and LinkedIn, put remote on the job location.
Prepare More Than You’ve Ever Prepared Before
Although working remotely is a growing trend, it’s still a small percentage of all professional office jobs. In my experience, getting a remote job entails even more effort than a regular job because there are so few of them. To stand out, you have to be prepared to put forth your best effort.
The application process might be more complex than sending out a resume and cover letter. Make sure you put your best foot forward and follow application details to the T. And be ready for multiple rounds of video interviews, tests and assignments.
Not all remote opportunities are full-time jobs with benefits. If you’re dead set on working from home, are you flexible on your working arrangements? There are a ton of freelancing and contract remote work opportunities. Consider what it would take to branch out on your own. Take into account the impact of having to foot the bill for benefits such as healthcare and a 401K. Maybe you can get a couple of freelance jobs that offer a full-time workload and make even more money than you would at a full-time position. You have to do the math and think outside of the box.
Work on Your Online Presence
Nowadays, most companies will research a candidate online before interviewing them and this is especially true for remote jobs. How you present yourself online matters, and even more so if you are applying for a marketing job or anything that entails working online.
Make sure your social media is on point, that you have a professional website and that your LinkedIn profile is complete, up-to-date and that you have a few recommendations.
Working remotely has been a great experience for me so far, and I hope you have the opportunity to do so as well, but it does come with its own set of challenges. For my recommendations on how to work from home, check out my blog post Working From Home? Here are Some Recommendations From Someone That’s Been Working Remotely for 3 Years.