Where should you look for a remote job online? There are a limited number of sites that are completely dedicated to finding remote work. A simple Google search will not garner the best results and it's important to find appropriate sites and navigate intelligently when looking for a remote job.
- You would be surprised, but the number of sites dedicated to finding legitimate remote jobs is actually pretty small. The internet is a big place, and the fact that there's so many job scams out there can make your remote job search a bit daunting. To help you on your way, I want to offer you just a few resources and tips on the best places to find a remote job. One of the largest databases for career-oriented remote jobs is FlexJobs. Now, FlexJobs does charge a fee to use their service, but let me explain why.
FlexJobs is a team of researchers that hand-screen remote jobs in over 50 career categories. That means that they weed through all the jobs for you to make sure you're only looking at legitimate and vetted opportunities. This is actually a pretty big time savings, because the jobs that are posted there range from full-time and executive to entry level and part-time, to freelance. They also have an advanced search feature so you can find jobs that are 100% remote, mostly remote, or just partly remote. The real value in a FlexJobs subscription is that their team saves you time by bringing remote opportunities in one place, and keeps your job search safe by making sure all jobs and companies are in fact legitimate.
If you are a freelancer, and want to look for projects to work remotely, Upwork might be a good place for you to look. I have lots of friends who look for marketing, design, or development gigs using their platform, and there are many other types of freelance opportunities to find there too. Think of their platform as a way for you to introduce yourself, post your resume, and portfolio of work. You can then bid on different projects, and it is up to the employers to pick the best freelancer for the job. I have heard that there can be lots of competition for the projects in Upwork, so it helps to focus your efforts on gigs you truly are qualified for.
There are two smaller job boards that are worth mentioning that exclusively focus on remote work. They are We Work Remotely, and Remote.co, which are free remote job boards that compile remote jobs from all over. While these job boards are not as large as the others on this list, it is worth noting that the creators of We Work Remotely also wrote a book on remote work, which is worth a read if you're interested investing in your remote worker skills. It's also worth noting that Remote.co has the largest resource that I've seen of remote teams sharing their best practices on how remote work can be done effectively.
This can be a nice tool if you're looking to truly understand how remote teams operate and how you might fit in. If you're like me, you might also be interested in learning what startups are doing. AngelList is a great site for that. You can check out their job board and search under job type for jobs that can be done remotely. You have to set up an account for their jobs, but that's also free to do. If you want to see how other people like working at a company before you apply, Glassdoor would be a great resource for you.
You can check out how people rate the company, and see employee reviews at the same time. Finding the remote jobs on this site can be a bit trickier, because you have to do a search for keywords like remote, or telecommuting. So, while it can be more time consuming weeding through the jobs on Glassdoor, the reviews and the ratings of the company make it worth a shot. Then last but not least, there are the big job boards like Craigslist, Monster, Indeed, and LinkedIn. As with Glassdoor, you must search for keywords related to remote jobs, which do exist.
However, it can take some time to identify them, and because anyone can post a job on these sites, you should be critical of potential scams. It is easy to get lost in the internet world if you just Google work from home jobs. I would suggest start poking around some of these sites to get a feel for what's out there, and also what you're interested in. If you feel you are wasting your time with some of the larger sites, leverage the sites that focus solely on remote jobs, and you should be in great shape.
- 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