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How To Find A Remote Job and Get Hired Too

For many, the ideal way to earn a living is through remote work. You still receive the income, benefits, freedom, and many more things that you desire the most from your career. One major exception is that you can finally stop commuting daily.

Although remote work is becoming more popular, it’s still not the norm, and competition for these positions are fierce. It takes an average of two years to gain one of these positions.

Learn What An Employer Looks For

It takes a certain type of person to work remote and become successful with it. It’s difficult due to no one watching you do your work and making sure you are done on time. Working remotely can be depressing for one because there is no social interaction between you and a coworker. Therefore, it’s good to understand the good points and bad of being a remote worker.

See If These Traits Fit You

  1. Tech Savvy – you should be tech savvy in order to work remotely so that way if you have a computer issue your not causing yourself to fail at a task or potentially get fired.
  2. Efficient Communication – you need to actively communicate with your team. You’ll likely communicate via direct messaging apps, email, and texts, so being able to get your points across clearly and quickly is essential.
  3. Independent and Trustworthy – you’ll probably have the least amount of supervision you’ve ever experienced in your career. You will need to take ownership of your tasks and be proactive and self motivated in getting them completed on time. What if you don’t have previous experience working solo or remotely? Try finding some projects that you can take ownership of and be self managed on. Even better: See if you can get a few days working remotely at your current job, so you’ll have experience.
  4. Show You’re Able To Manage Time – show you can manage time and stay focused for long periods of time. Show you know how to prioritize tasks and you can follow-up promptly. These are critical to working from home. Emphasis in your resume jobs and projects you have done.
  5. Tell Why You Are Fit For The Job learn the company in and out. Tell them about your values and love for the project.

Where To Find Remote Jobs

For each real opportunity, there are just as many scams. First, learn where not to look for remote jobs. If you are unsure, follow these steps:

  1. Avoid sites like Craigslist
  2. Check the company site
  3. Look at Google and Better Business Bureau
  4. Video chat if selected for an interview

Always remember you can look at companies that you are positive hire remote workers and see what their websites and policies look like. You can also email their company to ask for advice. You can never go wrong with seeking advice.

Check out, remote friendly job boards. Look at sites like Indeed and LinkedIn. Flexjobs is a job board that shows telecommunication openings as well as other flexible freelance and part time job openings. However, this site requires a monthly fee if you decided to use them. Jobspresso allows you to search jobs by category. All the jobs listed are for remote workers. Here are some more job boards you should consider:

  1. Remote.co
  2. We Work Remotely
  3. Working Nomads

How To Apply And Interview

A combination of interviews may be used, such as written, phone, and video. Employers use these to get a feel of your personality so take your time and present yourself well. Try out the video app as well before using it. This will let you re watch the video before sending it to your potential employer to make sure your video and audio is in perfect quality.

Make sure you do your video in a quiet setting where there are no distractions. This is frowned upon if not done. Dress appropriately and stay engaged with your interview. Avoid distraction and stay away from loud colors. Loud colors may distract your interviewer.

Remember, you are allowed to ask questions. Interviews are a two-way street. Consider asking these questions:

  1. How many do you employ are currently working remotely?
  2. Is there occasional travel needed to work for your company remotely?
  3. How does your remote team communicate?
  4. What does a typical work schedule look like for a remote employee?
  5. How often would I be able to reach my manager?

*If applying with an employer from another country then consider these questions

  1. How will taxes be taken from my check?
  2. Should I buy my own health plan or does your company provide that for remote employees?
  3. Would I require a work permit when visiting the main company facility?

The basis of this outline is to help you with the most critical parts of your interview. These are critical to your success.

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Published by Sarah

Hello! I'm a self-employed entrepreneur. I enjoy affiliate marketing and photography in my spare time. I am currently in college for communications in social media and working towards my undergraduate degree in graphic design.

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