How to Find Jobs Where You Can Work From Anywhere
Your alarm goes off. It’s another Monday morning, and work starts at 9 a.m. Old you would have thought, “I need to leave in 20 minutes to avoid rush-hour traffic on my commute.” Then, new you remembers that your office is in your living room!
The digital nomad lifestyle is becoming more and more attractive to people as companies all over the world continue to discover that remote jobs are the future. Not only does it save companies money on office space, but the candidate pool widens significantly when you’re not tied down to one city.
However, if you’re interested in working from anywhere, it can be tough to navigate where to even start with searching for a remote job. Here are our tips for how to find the right jobs that will let you truly work from anywhere:
Looking for remote jobs
There are several job boards that are specifically dedicated to remote jobs, such as Flexjobs, WWR, and Skipthedrive.com. The types of jobs on these sites range from jobs in healthcare to engineering positions. You are able to filter the job options by different categories, such as entry-level, experienced, manager, full-time, part-time, 100% remote, etc.
In addition to these resourceful job sites, more popular job platforms like Indeed and LinkedIn now have filters that allow you to sort by remote jobs only. Make sure to read through the entire job posting for details on job location, as some jobs may specify whether you need to work in the office a few days a week or whether they’re planning a return to the office at some point.
If you’re more on the innovative side and are interested in freelance work, the options are endless with websites like Fiverr and Upwork. With these sites, you are able to create your own packages and offer up your creative services for others to purchase. You can price it any way you want and truly work on your own time. This avenue definitely takes a little more initiative on your end, but it can also be a great side gig if you’re looking for some extra cash and flexible working arrangements while you’re on the road.
There are also some great articles and resources that outline companies that are hiring remotely. Built In lists close to 30,000 tech and startup companies that offer tons of remote jobs in different industries, such as analytics, counseling, eCommerce, eSports, fitness, insurance, music, social media, and travel.
Weworkremotely.com also has great resources to navigate finding a remote job, including this article that lists out 100 global companies that are hiring remotely. The options can be a tad overwhelming, but you can easily narrow down your options to a specific field or even jump into a field that you don’t have experience in yet.
Some common types of entry-level remote jobs include customer service, administrative work, writing, data entry, research, recruiting, sales, and so many more.
Tips for the application process
Getting noticed can be a difficult thing when applying for remote jobs. The number of candidates can be extremely high because there is no restriction on location.
For example, when I was looking for my remote job, the number of applications I put out was significantly higher than any other job I’ve tried to get in a particular city. The biggest tip I have? Always submit a cover letter! As a candidate, I have never heard back from a company that I have only submitted my resume to, and when I was helping out with the hiring process at my previous company, we never considered candidates who applied without a cover letter (even when it wasn’t required on the job listing).
Some great skills to include on your resume include discussing your experience with platforms like Zoom and Google Hangouts, your ability to work independently, and your tech-savvy skills. Employers want candidates who can adapt and learn quickly, especially when learning different platforms and softwares necessary for the job.
Make sure to look for keywords that the job description lists as skills or experience that are required for the position. These keywords are great to include on your resume, as companies sometimes use filtered software to weed out specific resumes that don’t include specific keywords such as “Microsoft Office” or “customer service.”
After applying, I recommend sending an email to someone within the HR department or recruiting team. If they don’t list an email on the job description, look up current employers for the company on LinkedIn who are within the talent acquisition team. Send a message to one or two employees through there to express your interest in the and to get your name through the door—this may just put you ahead of about half of the other candidates who do not make extra time to do this.
As for job skills, there are definitely specific skills that will lead to a more successful remote worker. Being successful in creating your own work environment is key, as it can be difficult to discover where you are most productive. It’s also a useful skill to know how to manage your time. Working remotely, there is not going to be a manager or boss looking over you at all times—which is pretty nice! That being said, it’s important to understand how valuable a remote job is right now. Many people are on the hunt for remote work, so a bad employee is not hard to replace. The best perspective to have is that having a remote job is a luxury, and it allows for a flexible lifestyle that many people would love to have.
Interviewing for remote jobs
When interviewing with companies, it’s important to get the details on the remote work that they do. Some companies work in specific time zones, while others are flexible in the hours that you log on. This is something that is great to specify in the interview process, especially if they expect you to work within the hours of a specific timezone, as this may limit you geographically if you are looking to travel or live nomadically during this time.
Some remote jobs require travel, and it’s important to get details on this process. Make sure to ask questions about reimbursement for travel or specifying what they cover when you are traveling for work purposes. This isn’t something that you need to ask in the first round of interviews, but when you’re in the final stages, it will be useful to get these details outlined before you decide to officially sign an offer. Some important things to cover are details on which expenses are covered and which are not, whether you’re able to book your own reservations, what is the procedure for travel reimbursement, and whether you need to keep all your receipts. These are just some things to think about if travel is a big part of your job!
Another tip to ask during the interview process is the remote setup. A lot of companies now offer work laptops, monitor setups, and Wi-Fi packages to remote employees. If you do not have a reliable computer, this is something that can be a key resource to your success. Most companies want to make sure that you are best set up for success, so don’t be afraid to ask questions like this to ensure that you can do your best work!
Make the most of the remote-work lifestyle
Imagine finding a job in a city and having to be tied down to a place that you really don’t want to live in. Those days are no longer! Now that you have secured your remote job, get out there and explore the cities you’ve always wanted to see. Being able to live with Landing is the greatest perk with a remote job. You are now able to live in cities for a few months at a time, or maybe longer if you find a place that you want to keep exploring.
Bring your laptop to the local coffee shop, explore the local outdoor scenery during your lunch break, and discover the nightlife once you log off for the day. You will not regret making the most of your remote job by living with Landing. Browse our network of fully furnished apartments today!