How to Find a Remote Job: Your Guide to Finding Work You Can Do Remotely

Are you stuck in an office when you would rather be able to work from… anywhere else?

Whether you love to travel and want the freedom to be able to go wherever you want, whenever you want (like me), or you simply hate being chained to a cubicle (also me), this guide is for you.

Remote Companies

There are a growing number of companies that are entirely distributed (all of their employees are remote). A few of the most well-known distributed companies that hire remote workers are:

These three companies are pioneers in the world of remote work. They are discovering, solving, and blogging about the challenges of running a remote enterprise, with employees spread out all over the world.

Landing a job with one of these companies means that, not only will you be able to work remotely, but also that you will have the full support of your colleagues and your manager, since they will be remote workers too. No more grumpy coworkers or bosses jealous of your freedom.

But these are not the only companies that are hiring remote workers. Forbes published a list of The Top 100 Companies For Remote Jobs in 2018. The people at Remotive.io also put together a list of over 900 companies that are hiring remote workers.

It’s great to see so many companies embracing remote work, from small businesses with less than ten employees, up to corporate giants like Amazon, Dell, and Hilton. The challenge though, is that these lists only include company names and some basic information about the companies, not the details of the specific remote jobs that they are offering. And not all of the jobs that those companies offer are remote jobs. They might only allow remote work for a few specific positions. So how can you find a comprehensive list of available remote jobs?

Remote Job Boards

The easiest way to find a list of available jobs is to check a remote job board. These websites list remote jobs from variety of companies and industries:

There is a lot of overlap between these remote job board websites, but it is still a good idea to check as many as you can, because there is no single, comprehensive list of all the jobs. You may find a job that is listed on one website, but not on the others.

Some “traditional” job boards also include remote jobs among the other listings. Try doing a search and entering, “remote” in the location field (it works on Indeed.com).

Job boards are great for finding available remote jobs, but they almost make it too easy to find and apply for remote jobs. As a result, your application can get lost among a sea of others.

Social Networks

Social networks can be a great alternative approach to finding and applying for remote jobs.

LinkedIn

You can find remote jobs listed on LinkedIn using their search tool. Applying for a remote job via a social network like LinkedIn ties your application to your profile, which makes it feel more dynamic and personal than simply emailing a resume.

Angel.co

The startup-focused website and social network, angel.co, lists open jobs at startup companies, including some that are designated with “Remote Ok”. This means that the company would be willing to consider a remote worker for the position. The great thing about this website is that many of the jobs are not listed anywhere else. Some of these jobs even offer a small amount of equity in the company as part of the compensation package.

Facebook

You may not be able to apply for jobs directly on Facebook, but there are Facebook groups dedicated to remote work where you can find remote job listings. Some of the jobs listed are simply copied from other remote job boards, while others are posted to Facebook directly by the person responsible for hiring.

Happy remote job hunting!


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