So You Want a Remote Job!

Remote Year
Aug 11, 2016 · 5 min read

Words from Catherine Scallen, a Remote Year Admissions Officer.

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Sweet. Welcome to the revolution! You’re on the front lines of a cultural shift, so the whole job search process is gonna look a little different, and we know first-hand just how overwhelming it can be. First, know that you are smart, you are capable, you are a badass. Ok, let’s do this.

A. Start with getting your employer on board

By far and away, we’ve seen the most success when our applicants go this route. Should you be accepted to Remote Year (woo woo!) we’ll walk through this process with you. Our Admissions Team has helped hundreds of people successfully convince their employers to let them take their current position remote. Don’t take our word for it though — check out remote Casey’s experience on convincing her company:

[Special shout out to fellow remote, Charles Du, who is creating a whole course around becoming a digital nomad — Check it out!]

Worst thing that can happen is they say no, right? And in that case…

B. Time for a new job!

Below, you’ll find some of the biggest remote work job boards (psst, spoiler alert, they’re the ones we link to on our website.) We’re not officially partnered with any of them, but they are a great place to get your feet wet and start seeing the variety of remote positions out there. For these boards, we’re big fans of the backward search.

Hi, Catherine! I came across your profile while applying for the Enterprise Admissions Officer position at Remote Year. I love the company and the idea behind it — would you have a free ten minutes this week to connect at your convenience to tell me what you love about working for Remote Year? Let me know what works for you — my schedule is flexible. Thanks, Sarah

People are busy, so be prompt and polite in your messages and follow-ups — always adjust your schedule to fit when they have an opening to speak with you.

Applying cold off a job board has a pretty low — though not impossible — conversion rate, so start with the backward search and always try to get connected before applying directly from the job board.

Finally, a big DON’T: never say “I’ll do anything remote!” This reads as wishy washy, looks like you don’t believe in your skills and your talents, and is just all around a sure fire way to get your email deleted. Instead, look for companies that you’re a culture fit for (rather than just ones with open roles)— then sell who you are and what skills you have that would add value to their team.

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Industries Typically Featured: Medical & Health, Sales, Computer & IT, Education & Training, Software Development, Account Management, Project Management, Customer Service, Marketing, Programming

C. Ugh, I can’t go remote, I’m not a tech bro.

Feel that! Me either. Think it doesn’t exist? Think again — we’ve seen remote lawyers, pharmacists, therapists, and virtual assistants — just to name a few. If you look hard enough and get creative enough — you can find it. But where to start? Remotes CupofTJ and The Remote Nomad to the rescue:

Get excited:

Virtual Assistants Are A Thing

So Are Virtual Lawyers

And Virtual Therapists

And Pharmacists

And Teachers!

D. Hop on the ‘ole Google, and start searching ‘fully distributed companies’.

What’s that you say? Yes! These are companies that are, by their very nature, already fully remote. You don’t have to sell the benefits of a remote role — they already know. Check out a few of our favorites — they’ve usually got a wide variety of positions available:

Toptal

Buffer

Groove

Basecamp

Ok thanks so much but I’m still feeling pretty overwhelmed. Got any other resources?

Sure do! Trust us, it may take awhile, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

First up, sit yourself down for a good old fashioned brainstorm session.

While you’re marinating in all that goodness, be sure to keep up with us on The Facebooks, The Twitters, and The Instagrams to follow along with the latest remote revolution updates.

Happy hunting!

Down the remote work search rabbit hole we go…

Straight to the Source

I’d work here

Whoa, also here

Thanks, Forbes!

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Remote Year brings groups of inspiring professionals to travel, live, and work in different cities around the world for one month each.

Go Remote

Go Remote

Musings from the the global Remote Year community and beyond. Inspiration and resources for location-independent professionals.

Remote Year

Written by

Remote Year brings groups of inspiring professionals to travel, live, and work in different cities around the world for one month each.

Go Remote

Go Remote

Musings from the the global Remote Year community and beyond. Inspiration and resources for location-independent professionals.

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