When you’re tired of the corporate grind, and wasting precious hours commuting, it’s time to start searching for remote work opportunities. This is the most practical solution to improve your quality of life and work-life balance.
This is not some magical, unattainable gig anymore. More and more companies are shifting towards flexible work arrangements. It helps cut company real estate costs by saving on space and it increases employee satisfaction and productivity. It’s a win-win for all!
Waking up at a normal hour to workout instead of that 6am soul-crushing SoulCycle class. Having time to enjoy your morning instead of rushing off to catch a crowded train. Eating nourishing food from your own kitchen. And having the freedom to put your work desk in front of the sunniest window in your home (pure bliss).
Instead, you are stuck in a corporate office where they can never seem to get the temperature right…
Drumming up ideas on how to work for yourself (not easy). Battling a daily cloud of depression from not being able to see the light of day or your loved ones (including your dog). And constantly feeling crappy and inflamed from eating takeout all the time.
If you’re ready to find remote work and your current company won’t support it, I’ve rounded up a few job boards and resources for you to get started.
First, get familiar with some of the popular job boards specific to remote opportunities. When searching for these flexible companies be sure to use a variety of search terms such as: remote, work-from-home, telecommute, flexible arrangements, work from anywhere, etc.
Here are a few job boards to get you started:
Another way to come across these opportunities is by researching companies mentioned in blog posts and articles for their flexible policies.
Positive Work Cultures
Lastly, you can also focus on finding companies with positive work cultures. Many times organizations with positive work cultures are open to flexible arrangements without it being explicit on their job descriptions. Glassdoor is a great resource for this. Look up reviews of companies that interest you to see if there are any mentions of remote work or work-life-balance.
Next up, you have to start taking real action.
First, create a document where you list all the companies that interest you. Are their opportunities in your field available on their career site? If so, submit an application.
If not, see if there is an option on the company career site to set up job alerts to notify you when those opportunities become available.
Look through your LinkedIn contacts and alumni networks to see if there is anyone you know who can help you learn more about the companies you are interested in. Before you send a message to someone you barely know, be sure to read the next section.
How to Successfully Network
To network successfully, don’t be another person who blindly asks strangers and acquaintances to submit your resume. Be thoughtful in your approach and build meaningful relationships.
How can you be thoughtful? Do research on the person you are contacting. Is there something interesting they have done? Have they published an article, do they have a side business, participated in a panel? What shared interests or information can you bring up in a genuine way that would grab their attention and separate you from everyone else? Start with that.
If you want to successfully network, go beyond, “I’m interested in job number #12345 and would love to be considered.”
These flexible roles are competitive so it’s important to be prepared before the interview. When interviewing, don’t make flexible arrangements the first question you ask. It’s a great way to turn off prospective employers from hiring you. Why? Because it makes it seem like you will take any job regardless of the responsibilities.
Remote work is still work and companies need someone they can rely on. Get to know the company and the culture and leave questions around flexible arrangements and remote opportunities for the end.
Be sure to have a good understanding of the role and the company. Use your time during the interview to ask thoughtful, relevant questions and always research the person you are interviewing with.
Always remember to follow-up with a thoughtful thank-you that speaks to something discussed during your conversation. Do not send a generic 1 liner thank you note to interviewers. This will not help you stand out.
If you are interviewing via video for a remote role…
- Be sure to do so from a quiet place
- Check to make sure the tech works in advance
- Don’t look like you just rolled out of bed (video interviews are still real interviews)
Overall, remote work and flexible arrangements are more available than ever before. Technology allows us to stay connected regardless of where we are. Take time to do research and find companies that interest you. Use your network to start conversations. Lastly, be extra prepared for your interviews so you can stand out from everyone else. It may take a little extra work to find and land these flexible arrangements but when you do, it will be worth it.