It's important to understand goals and objectives for wanting remote work so that it can be communicated to potential employers. Common goals and objectives include freedom, family, flexibility, and work-life balance. Remote employees are offered the added flexibility of tending to others' needs when working from home and completing their work around those obligations.
- In this video I'm gonna walk you through some common reasons people want remote work so you can pinpoint your objectives and bring that passion with you into the interview process. First, let me just generalize. Why would someone even want a remote job? Well, from my perspective I see really three categories that people might want a remote job. We got family flexibility, work-life balance, and freedom. Let's dive into each of these.
I personally don't have kids, but many of my friends do, and they want remote jobs so they can spend more time with them. One thing I hear a lot is that getting their kids ready for school in the mornings can be a struggle, but having a remote job means they can get their kids safely off to school and start their workday without the added time and stress of a commute. It also means that they can customize their schedule so they can be available when the school nurse calls and asks for a parent to come pick them up right smack in the middle of the day.
Kids are not the only people we take care of. Some folks are taking care of an aging parent. Let's say, for example, you have a big presentation at your job, but your parent also has a super important doctor's appointment. Having a remote job ensures you can take folks you're caring for to their appointments and simply be there when they need you and still be able to continue working. A remote job means that you can still have the career you want without having to sacrifice simply because you can't get into an office each and every day.
I would say the majority of folks I talk to are just fed up with the stresses of the rat race and just want to have a better work-life balance. There really is no better way to have both your professional and your personal life in order than by having a remote job. Suddenly your job doesn't dictate your life, your life dictates your life. You adjust your work needs and your personal needs accordingly so everything is nice and balanced. Whatever you situation is, it really comes down to freedom.
The freedom to choose how you want to live your life, but that doesn't mean anything if you don't know how to harness it properly. Many people take advantage of remote jobs and being able to customize their schedules by learning new skills or getting certifications they need for their careers. Some might go back to school to get a degree, while others might be more present in their personal lives and devote more time to being a mommy or a daddy. What you do with the extra time a remote job affords you is totally up to you, but the most important thing is to not waste it since that defeats the purpose of a flexible position.
So let's say you're in the middle of a job interview with a remote company. Your prospective boss might ask you why you want a remote job over, say, a traditional in-office job. Here's the thing, you should never just say you want a remote job because you can spend more time with your kids even if that's the case. Nor should you just say you hate commuting or what you really want is to work alone and don't dig the office drama. Instead you should just focus on the fact that you will be a happier, more productive employee in a remote setting.
Then you can get into what makes you happy as an employee and as a person and why a remote setting will make you more productive. That way they will see hiring you as a strong asset to the company and that a remote setting is the right thing. The moral of the story is that you should be clear and honest with yourself about why you want a remote job. That way your objectives can guide you to find the right position and you'll be able to clearly articulate why hiring you in a remote setting will be an asset to your potential employer.
- Preparing for your remote job hunt
- Setting up a productive workspace
- Finding remote jobs
- Avoiding scams
- Crafting a remote resume
- Interviewing for a remote job
- Negotiating salary
- Staying motivated