What are your personal, internal motivators for seeking a remote job? How can you stay connected to your intrinsic motivation? The author discusses the best way to avoid scams that can become a deterrent during your remote job search. There is high competition among remote job seekers. It's best to apply to higher quality jobs over a high quantity of jobs.
- You applied to 10 remote jobs over the last two weeks, have heard nothing back, and today, you can't see to find any jobs you're qualified for. Sounds kinda depressing, right? I find that there are two schools of theory when it comes to job searching. Some people feel invigorated by the process, excited about the prospect of finding a new position, meeting new people, interviewing with a prospective boss, and so on, and then there's the rest of us. Let's face it, job searching can be tedious at best, soul-crushing at its worst.
Everyone, myself included, experiences a job search slump once in a while. It can be especially tricky when trying to navigate the remote job market. In order to get you through it, I find that it helps to identify the factors that are making my job search come to a standstill, and develop a strategy to overcome them. Something unique to the remote job hunt when compared to in-office jobs is all the scams. It can be especially depressing if you engage with one of these scammers, get your hopes up that that too good to be true job exists, and then realize it's fake, or worse.
So, having to wade through job listings and determining which ones are real, and which ones are fake can certainly zap your enthusiasm. Here's how to get through this. You should use niche job search boards that focus exclusively on telecommuting and remote jobs. You'll have a greater chance of finding remote jobs and not falling prey to a job scam. Another factor that can throw you into a slump is the high competition. Lots of people are trying to shed the office and job candidates from all over the state, country, and even the world can apply for the very same job you have your heart set on.
Here's a tactic I find useful for overcoming this. It's a simple mantra I like to call quality over quantity. Don't think of your remote job search as a numbers game. Only apply to the jobs you're highly qualified for and you think would be a great match for both you and the employer. This also means you should tailor your resume and cover letter to match the needs of the position. You can even followup a week or so after submitting your application to make sure it was received and also to express your enthusiasm for the position.
This will at least ensure you're spending your time wisely and won't drive yourself nuts for applying to things you probably are not a great fit for. But what if you want a remote job and have no prior experience in a remote position? How do you get your foot into that virtual door? I have hired people with no remote experience before. What I look for is someone who is highly capable, hungry, and motivated to succeed, and most importantly, is a great communicator and team player. All attributes desirable for remote work.
So, highlight the soft skills that remote employers are looking for when interviewing top candidates for the job, such as your ability to self-manage, problem solve, communicate, and also your tech skills. You might also consider for your first remote position, taking a job that you're a tad over qualified for, and also has room to grow. This can help prevent you from being placed at that bottom of the pile. Job searches are emotional roller coaster rides and staying motivated and positive is key to trudging through and staying proactive. My hope is that these tips will give you the tools to continue, so you can find that remote job that gives you the flexibility, freedom, and work-life balance.
- 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