How to Use AngelList to Get a Remote Job

Many of us are working in jobs they’re not super excited about.

Now, don’t get me wrong — this isn’t always a bad thing. If your career isn’t a big priority for you, that’s fine. It’s okay to just “get by”, as long as you’re doing it consciously.

But if you’re reading Medium, you’re probably not like the average person. You’re probably looking for more than just a “so-so” career that pays the bills. You want to make an impact, you want to feel excited to get up every Monday morning instead of feeling like it’s “just another week.”

There’s a lot that goes into finding work you love — like figuring out what you want to do, making connections in a non-sleazy way, and crafting a standout application.

But the truth is, the biggest reason why people aren’t excited about their jobs isn’t because they haven’t figured out what they want to do.

It’s because of the office.

Working in an office can be confining in many ways.

The upside is that you get to interact with your coworkers pretty regularly. But the downside is that you’re stuck to a routine.

You’ve got to hit the gym early in the morning or after work — when it’s packed. You’ve got to commute back and forth from work every day — potentially getting stuck in traffic. You’ve got to stand in a long line at the coffee shop every morning to pick up your latte. Then, you’ve got to deal with people interrupting you every 10 minutes at the office for some “urgent request.”

There’s a reason why so many companies are starting to offer remote jobs nowadays.

Aside from lower costs, companies that do remote work have happier employees who feel more respected and valued at work.

And 91% of remote workers say that they get more done when they’re away from the office.

Imagine how much your day-to-day could change if you had the chance to work remotely.

You could hit the gym in the middle of the day when there’s no one there.

You could skip the commute, and get some more “breathing room” every morning instead of trying to beat traffic.

You could focus on your biggest priorities at work, without getting interrupted.

You could even do the whole “digital nomad” thing, traveling the world while working from your laptop.

These jobs used to be limited to mostly developers, designers, or writers. But now, remote jobs are available to more people in a variety of different fields.

And AngelList is a great place to find them.

Why AngelList?

People think of AngelList as a tool that startups use to get funding. But a lot of them don’t realize that it’s also one of the best job search sites out there today.

Also, most companies have a little secret when they evaluate candidates — sometimes, they judge applicants based on the site they applied through.

Some job sites have a history of bringing in higher quality applicants, and other sites typically bring in lower quality applicants. AngelList is one of those sites that’s known as a “high quality applicant site.”

Also, it’s pretty easy to find remote jobs in virtually any field with their filters — even if you’re not a designer, developer, or marketer.

First, click on the “jobs” button along the top of the nav bar:

Then, pick what type of role you want using the filters:

Then, mouse over the “job type” label, and click “Remote OK”:

Also, you can choose whether you’re looking for a full time job, contract position or something else under “job type”:

There are a lot of other platforms that also have remote jobs, but AngelList makes it easiest to browse through them.

You can follow these steps to land your dream remote job, and add some insane flexibility into your schedule.

First, target 3–5 jobs you’re interested in

What you DON’T want to do is mass-apply to tons of jobs at the same time.

One of the biggest frustrations of employers is all the generic cover letters and resumes they get from people who don’t even seem like they read the job description.

You’ll be different. You’ll pick just a handful of companies to apply to, and crush them all.

Once you pick your 3–5 companies, move on to step 3.

Next, yourself apart from everybody else

When I was applying for content marketing positions a year or so ago, I didn’t just shoot off a generic cover letter.

I knew that there would probably be hundreds of other people applying for the job, and they would all be doing the same thing.

When hundreds of people are sending out resumes and cover letters, the way to compete with them isn’t by writing a better cover letter or resume. It’s by being proactive and going beyond the resume — and proving to employers that you can help them solve their problems.

So after applying online, I sent an email to the CEO with specific ideas about how they could improve their content marketing strategy.

I got an email back pretty quickly to schedule an interview.

This strategy works super well for companies that are listed on AngelList because most of them are startups. And startup founders LOVE people who are proactive.

For example, if you’re a software developer, you could create a program that proves that you have some key skills that they’re looking for. If you’re a designer, you could run a usability test on their product and come up with some design suggestions like I did for Airbnb.

You can also just list a few suggestions of how the company can improve in the area you’re applying for, like I did.

Or you can create a 30–60–90 day plan for what you’d do if you get hired.Noah Kagan did this for Mint.com and got a job as their Director of Marketing.

If you feel like none of those things will work for you, you could just create a case study write up of how you helped a company in the past in a role similar to what you’re applying for.

Here’s an email script you can use to send your project over to your company:

Hi [name],
I’m [your name] and I noticed you’re hiring a [position], and I’m interested. I thought it would be helpful for me to [insert a good description of your pre-interviewproject] to both show my interest and the value I could bring to [company].
[Present the project here — if you just did a writeup (i.e. a design suggestion) then a link or image would do. If you pitched businesses for partnerships, ask if the person you’re emailing would like to be introduced, etc]
Quick background on me: [insert a quick 2–3 sentence summary of your background as it relates to this job]
Thanks so much for your time — hope to hear from you regarding next steps!
Best,
[your name]

In my experience, it’s best to send this over to the CEO or someone from the founding team if you’re applying for a startup. Or the director of the department you’re applying for.

You could also just hit the “apply” button on the job posting, and submit your project through there.

This approach gets you noticed, and helps you make the great first impression “on paper” so that they like you before they ever even talk to you.

The “hidden benefit” of this approach is that it helps you drive the conversation during your interviews, because you’ll get to talk about the project you sent over.

When I did this, I ended up going from application to offer in a matter of days.

And I bought a one way ticket to Bangkok a few weeks later.

Conclusion

Landing a remote work position isn’t as hard as people make it out to be. You just have to find the right source for jobs, but AngelList makes that part pretty easy.

What you with your newfound flexibility is up to you.

Maybe you don’t want to travel the world — maybe you just want to be able to have the freedom to take some extra time for yourself every morning.Maybe you want to stop community to the office. Maybe you want to actually focus on your work instead of getting distracted every fifteen seconds in an office.

A remote job can be your “shortcut” to that lifestyle.

Call to Action

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