How to find the job you can do anywhere, anytime
According to the figures of Figure.nz, 56 percent of female New Zealanders and 49 percent of male New Zealanders would like to work from home. Luckily, the number of opportunities to work remotely has grown 159 percent since 2005.
Although the statistics are heartwarming, it is, however, not easy to find a remote working position, especially if your desire is full-time employment.
So, how is it possible to be successful in this remote working job hunt?
1) Do your research, limit the companies known for having a remote workforce:
It is important to find a company that embraces flexible working as its own culture. Many companies, especially the companies in the tech sector, offer remote working opportunities. It is also important to understand what type of remote opportunities companies offer because the teams can be described in two names which are partially and fully distributed, remote teams. In fully distributed remote teams, nobody works in the office. On the other hand, in partially distributed teams, some work fully remotely and some work from the office.
2) Add “remote position” to your keyword section:
If a remote position is important to you, you should include the phrase “remote position” in your keyword list no matter which website you are using. Social media can be a very powerful tool for searching. You can also search the keyword on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. For instance, since the COVID crisis began, LinkedIn has added the location filter ´Remote´ to their job search function which makes searching easier. You might not know what kind of interesting ads you will run across.
Sometimes, companies prefer not to advertise a new job opening and instead, they share new updates or posts via their online channels. You should be on alert in case of any openings. Sometimes, a person can notify only his/her own network about an opening and this person can be someone from your network. Alerting your professional network is always a good idea if you are determined to start as a remote worker.
After all, companies are increasingly expanding their views on which positions can be remote.
Seeking a remote position adds complexity to your job search, but with some strategy, it is doable and can be highly rewarding.
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This article was published in the Zealancer-News 66.