Years before Covid-19 ever caused a worldwide pandemic, many people in different career fields worked remotely. I first worked remotely as early as 2013, however, after the pandemic it seemed like 50% of the world began to work remotely. So, remote work became more popular after the COVID-19 pandemic started—and with good reason!
Research shows that remote workers are less stressed and more productive than employees who are required to show up to the office every day. Even with these stats proving the benefits of remote work, however, it’s often difficult to find and land remote positions. What’s more, those who are making the switch to remote work after years ofworking in an office can have a hard time adjusting to working from home.
If you’re looking to break into the world of remote working, read on for tips on landing a remote job and succeeding in your new role.
How to Narrow Down Your Search for Remote Work
Before you start searching for remote jobs, keep in mind that not all remote jobs are created equal. Take some time to figure out what you’re looking for by asking yourself the following questions:
● What kind of company culture do I want? Remote work looks a bit different from company to company, and some companies may even require you to come into the office from time to time. Ask yourself if you’d be okay with working in an office every now and then or if you’d prefer to keep communication between you, your boss, and your coworkers confined to Zoom meetings, Slack messages, and emails.
● How much job stability do I need? There are full-time, part-time, contract, and freelance remote work roles. Before beginning your job search, ask yourself if you’re looking to grow with one company or if you’d prefer to work for a variety of companies. If you’d like to stick with one company, aim for a full-time position. If you’re the type of person who lives for variety and trying new things, working in a contract role for a few months before moving onto another remote job, as a freelancer for multiple businesses, or taking on a couple part-time jobs at different companies would be best.
● When do I want to work? One of the great things about remote work is that it allows you to work for companies outside of your time zone. But, this can make it more difficult to narrow down your search. Before you start applying for remote jobs, take time to think about when you work best. Would you be most successful working during regular business hours in your own time zone? Are you okay with working during regular business hours in another time zone (for example, working EST hours even though you live on the West Coast)? Or would you thrive in a position that allows you to work anytime?
Where to Start Looking for Remote Jobs
Now that you’ve figured out what you want out of your remote job, it’s time to find it! Here are some places to start looking for remote work:
● Coworking spaces. Many business owners and remote employees work out of coworking spaces, which are shared office spaces. These people are already tapped into the remote working world, so connecting with them is a great way to find leads on new remote jobs or to learn about new freelancing opportunities. Many coworking spaces host events like cocktail hours or open houses, and these events are the perfect place to get to know the coworkers and let them know you’re looking for a remote position.
● Online groups and remote job boards. Remote workers, business owners, and hiring managers alike come together in online groups like Digital Nomad Girls Community and Digital Nomad Jobs. In these groups, remote workers share advice and let others know about job opportunities they’ve spotted, and hiring managers and business owners alert the group of positions they’ve just posted online or even hire directly from the group. Sites like We Work Remotely and Angel List are updated daily with new remote opportunities, so be sure to check these sites for open positions too.
● LinkedIn. Just like with in-person jobs, building your network plays a key role in landing remote jobs. Update your LinkedIn profile and indicate that you’re open to work. This will not only make it easier for recruiters to find you, but it’ll also help you wow and intrigue them; this increases the likelihood that they’ll reach out to you about open positions. Additionally, companies post open remote positions on LinkedIn, and you can apply directly through this social networking platform.
How to Succeed in Your New Remote Role
Once you’ve found a remote job, it’s time to set yourself up for success!
Here are some tips on optimizing your work space to ensure that you’re at your most productive:
● Create a dedicated work area. Although you technically could work from your bed, it’s not a good idea. Dedicate a space in your home just to your work. Whether it’s a spare bedroom, your home library, or a desk in the corner of your living room, carving out some space that’s used just for work will help you to disassociate yourself from the rest of your home and focus on your work. Make sure wherever you choose to work is quiet and as free of distractions as possible.
● Use optimal lighting. Work in a well-lit area to stay productive, boost your mood, and reduce eyestrain and headaches. Let as much natural light as possible into your work area and opt for bright white lights to help you concentrate. Pay attention to where you place additional light sources like lamps to avoid glares and casting shadows over your computer screen.
● Keep your technology up to date. When you’re working from home, you are your own IT department. Make sure you know how to use all of your technology (like your computer, printer, and any equipment you receive from the company you’re working for) before your start date; this’ll help you to avoid wasting valuable time figuring out how stuff works. Additionally, update your computer and other technology whenever necessary. Doing so gets rid of computer bugs, fixes glitches, and helps your devices to run much more smoothly.
● Make sure your internet connection is stable. A good internet connection is absolutely essential to remote work. If your WiFi is always going out and you’re constantly unplugging and replugging your router, check with your Internet provider to see if there are any issues with your connection. Don’t hesitate to upgrade to faster, more stable internet if necessary; after all, your job depends on it!
With the tips we’ve shared here, you’re definitely set up for success in your remote job search and your future role!
Want more help finding and landing remote jobs? Email teknesha@empowerucoaching to set up a free consultation!