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It’s no secret that the digital age has made remote job hunting a lot easier. You can now manage your resume and cover letter, apply to jobs and conduct research from home with ease. The problem is: many people take this as an opportunity to only apply for remote jobs, which makes it harder for those who are actively seeking local employment. We all know that the future is remote. But not everyone is ready for it. Most people have families and other responsibilities that make it difficult for them to live anywhere but their hometown for the foreseeable future. That doesn’t mean you have to settle for local jobs if you don’t want to! There are some remote job hunting tips that will make your life much easier.
When you’re looking for a remote job you are, in some ways, a freelancer. You won’t have the security of a regular paycheck, and you’ll have to find independent contracting work. That means you’ll need to start saving up money now to make sure you can sustain yourself until you find remote work. Make sure you’ve enough saved that you can afford to take a few months off, just in case you can’t find work as soon as you’d like to. Remote job hunting is often a slow process. You’ll likely apply to dozens of jobs before you ever get an interview, and you can forget about the days of getting a job offer the same day you apply. Plan ahead and make sure you have some money saved, just in case it takes a while to find remote work.
Set Up Alerts
You could spend hours a day looking for remote jobs, but that’s not the most efficient way to search for work. Luckily, most job sites—including the largest remote employment websites—allow you to set up alerts, so you are notified when a new job is posted. Remote job sites often have forums and groups, where employers and potential employees discuss the job market. You can join these groups to network with professionals in your field and get advice on how to improve your resume.
Use a Resume Builder
While you can still write your own resume when applying for remote jobs, it’s increasingly common to find remote employers who only accept resumes created using a program like Google Docs or Word. You can find these resume builders on any job board and can even use a resume builder on Indeed. You can also find a remote job board that specializes in jobs that require resumes built with specific software. If you want to use a resume builder, make sure you include keywords from the job description. A lot of people try to get creative with their resume and end up missing out on otherwise amazing jobs because they don’t include the keywords employers are looking for.
Network like a Pro
A lot of people network the old-fashioned way: by going to bars and hoping to run into someone who can help them find remote work. The problem with this method is that it isn’t reliable. Bars are often full of people who don’t have jobs and therefore aren’t the best people to talk to. You have better options. You can use social networking sites to find people in your industry who are currently working remotely. You can even go so far as to hire a professional career coach to help you find work or get promoted at work. Many of these people will be happy to help you out in exchange for a reference.
Don’t Rely Solely on Remote Job Apps
If you only apply to jobs posted on remote job websites, you’ll miss out on a lot of great opportunities. Many big companies operate their hiring remotely, so you’ll find plenty of local jobs on Indeed and other job boards. Remote job websites often have a bad reputation, and that may lead you to believe that all remote jobs are low-paying and unimportant—but that isn’t true. It’s just as easy to find high-level remote jobs on Indeed as it is on Remotely, but you’ll miss them if you don’t look anywhere but one site.
The key to successful remote job hunting is to make sure you’re applying for remote jobs, but also applying for local jobs as well. Many remote job boards allow you to select which types of jobs you’re interested in, so you can easily find both types. Remote job hunting takes time and effort, but it can be done. You just need to be patient, spend time networking and searching for jobs, and make sure you’re applying for jobs in all locations.