In 2018, 56% of companies around the world allowed employees to work remotely.
Remote opportunities aren’t just becoming easier to source, they are being developed by companies who are purposefully building a remote-friendly work culture (and looking for the right candidates to thrive in it).
Where to source your next remote job…
It’s a challenge to source out true remote opportunities amidst vague “work from home!” ads. Here are some places to start:
Your current company:
If you feel that your situation could be vastly improved by removing the commute, communicate with your manager. You might lead the charge on remote culture!
FlexJobs vets remote opportunities that fit your skills, job experience and country of employment for a small fee.
Build a profile and let potential opportunities come your way thanks to AI tech that matches employees and companies.
If you're a developer looking to level up, this is your stop. Add criteria like tech stack and flex hours to find a great fit.
Other top remote job boards include Remote OK, We Work Remotely, Remotive, Remote.co, and Jobspresso.
Hiring remote workers means that you can get the absolute best person for the job – not just one who is willing to live in your city.
If your company doesn’t include remote working options now or in the future, you could be cutting your possible candidate pool in half and be eliminating the most qualified people from consideration.
- Rachel Ferrigno, Content Marketing Manager, Stack Overflow
How to prep for a remote job interview
A remote job interview can also be a slight departure from the traditional in-office interview. How you approach and interact with a remote hiring team during the vetting process can really separate you from the pack.
Here are some expert tips:
1. Help yourself be yourself.
You don’t want to be worrying about interruptions while trying to explain your best attributes. Make sure you have a solid internet connection, a quiet place to take the interview (no coffee shops!).
The foundation of distributed teams is communication. Approach your application by providing as many details as needed. This kind of communicative effort shows you’re reliable when working remote.
3. Get into the remote interviewer mindset.
Put yourself in your interviewer’s shoes and anticipate what will make their lives easier. Provide examples of your work that shows results, integrity, drive, empathy, and how you add value as a trustworthy team member.
4. Know your tools.
You should be comfortable managing all kinds of collaborative tools like chat apps, video conferencing, email, calendars, and project management platforms, because your interview will likely require them.
Are you (really) ready to go remote?
At the end of the day, choosing remote for remote’s sake won’t keep you satisfied. If the role is as much about the work as it is about the lifestyle, you’ll be on the right track to find a fulfilling career.
Remote work is an important shift in how our society operates, in that it opens doors for many who weren't able to walk through them before.
People who cannot afford to move where the work is, people who cannot adhere to a traditional 9-to-5 workday because they care for their families—remote work is already creating new opportunities for them, and this effect will only grow stronger.
We're shaping the future of work, and it's on us to make sure that it's getting better for everyone.
- Leif Singer, Product Manager, Automattic
Embrace remote—no matter where you are in the world
Remote work is here to stay. Is your team ready? We hope you apply this actionable advice from innovative remote teams at Automattic, Atlassian, Buffer, Evernote, Invision, Litmus, Stack Overflow, UNICEF, Zapier, and of course, Trello!
This guide was created entirely remotely by two people living 3,000 miles away. We also received lots of input from our remote teammates across the country.
These tips and best practices are dedicated to all remote workers, whose pioneering efforts have helped us to learn, evolve, connect, and empathize in a whole new way.
And to our remote colleagues at Trello: Thank you. Without your honesty and advice, we would never be where we are today.
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