There are similarities between finding a regular job and finding a remote job, and there are difficulties that can be associated with both. Many people are unsure where to find a remote job, but research shows that there is increased opportunity in the flexible workforce. Viewers should be aware of the scams involved in finding a remote job. Learn how to navigate job boards safely and successfully.
- Emotional roller coaster is a term many people use to describe a job search. I know, I've been there too, and I can tell you this. Searching for a remote job may seem like it is even more daunting than a traditional job search, because people are not sure of where to find these jobs, or how the whole remote job thing works. My hope is that I can help set some of your expectations and ease some of those concerns. For starters, remote jobs are a lot more common than you might think.
Just to throw some numbers your way, it's estimated that 80% of employers are planning to increase their flexible workforce. That is a good thing, since FlexJobs Survey reported that 90% of US workers say they would like flexible work options. I also just read a study that reported that two out of every three Americans would choose less pay if they could have more flexibility and shorter hours. If we rewind to when I was first starting out as a working professional, remote jobs were limited to only a few specific careers.
Think customer service reps, or sales reps. Those days are gone. Companies like IBM, Dell, ETNA, and AT&T are just a tiny sampling of the thousands of companies that hire for remote jobs. There are a bunch of careers blossoming that can be done remotely as well, so during your job search, you might find positions like a certified medical coder, a writer, or even a remote Pilates instructor. I seriously do get surprised when I check out some of these remote job boards and see the diversity of careers that can be done remotely.
Now, you should also know that finding these jobs is a bit different too, and you should navigate job boards carefully. You can use the large job boards, like Craigslist, Monster, and Indeed, however, the remote job boards can be hard to find. Also, many of the jobs that promise you can work from home are actually scams. There are job boards dedicated to remote work that can help you with that, like FlexJobs or Remote.co, or We Work Remotely, and searching here can help you save some time and also feel a bit safer.
A big red flag to watch out for is if somebody responds to you asking for personal or financial information as part of the job interview process. Run away from these immediately. That being said, don't let the scammers get you down. To throw some more numbers your way, Gallup Research reported that 37% of Americans reported telecommuting in 2015. That is up from 9% in 1995. Pretty nice growth, right? Sure, there are some scams to watch out for, but overall, the remote job market is ripe for the picking.
It's no longer just seen as a trend or something that a computer wiz gets to do, and the more and more companies start to realize the benefits of remote work, the wider spread it'll become, and the better chances of you finding a remote job will be.
- 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