Where To Find Thousands of Remote Jobs
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Before I started my business, I was laid off twice in a matter of three years. The instant thoughts and fear of whether you’ll be able to pay rent (or a mortgage), pay for food, or provide for a family is damn-near heartbreaking. My soul goes out to you if you’ve recently found yourself jobless because of the global pandemic going on.
As the title of this newsletter suggests, though, there are literally thousands of remote-first jobs that you can get - and yes, they are still hiring even through this pandemic.
If you’re not feeling totally ready to jump on the job-search train, I get it. My good friend Lianne Vineberg, a brilliant HR consultant and talent strategist, wrote a solid article on what to do when you’ve been laid off (hint: it involves taking a quick break if you can).
If you ARE ready to find a job, or perhaps financial circumstances have forced you to be ready, that’s what this newsletter is all about - the places that you can find remote jobs.
Two quick things before we dive in:
If you have a secure job, that’s amazing. I ask that you forward this to any folks you might know that are out of work (or in precarious employment, likely to be out of work soon).
If you are intrigued by remote but really can’t stand it, there are many companies hiring tens of thousands of in-person jobs such as Walmart, Domino’s Pizza, and more. Just think of companies that make things everyone hoards in a crisis, and you’ll find job opportunities.
Remotive is a large community of remote workers and remote companies. While most of their jobs revolve around technical skills, there are many customer service, marketing, and support roles which don’t require any technical skills. If you worked in retail and got laid off, these roles could be perfect for you.
Daily Remote Jobs
A job board and Twitter feed that shares all sorts of remote jobs. The best part is that most jobs are worldwide, meaning that you don’t have to be worried about your location when you apply. Their schtick right now is about finding a remote job so you can travel the world. The travel part doesn’t apply in this case, but the jobs are very real.
Another job board with thousands of remote jobs posted, and more posted every day. The advanced filtering for job types is a helpful way for you to filter out jobs you really don’t want to do or aren’t qualified for (thinking those remote dev jobs if you’re not a developer).
Self-touted as the number one destination to find a remote job, WWR boasts jobs added daily.
Pro-tip: The site doesn’t have much in the way of filtering, so you’ll have to scroll down to see the non-dev /non-tech roles.
While Remote Co is primarily a resource for remote company leaders (which could be great if you suddenly find yourself in that position!), the site also has an extensive job board. This platform seems to be the most non-tech friendly, since many job categories are things like finance, admin, data entry, content, and more.
Remote Habits is a blog about remote work, featuring remote workers and remote entrepreneurs (I was even featured!). On top of that, they have a job board that scrapes remote jobs from all over the web. That means you may see a lot of duplication (particularly from WeWorkRemotely), but you’ll also find additional jobs that are posted in smaller job boards or ones you may not know about.
A resource for all kinds of jobs, FlexJobs has an explicit section for remote work. The platform also features research on companies and other job-seeker aids. Most of the jobs are for Americans only, but it’s possible that you could still apply and perhaps get hired as an independent contractor.
Based out of Texas, Dynamite Jobs is a global community with a focus on remote work. The platform has some of the best filtering mechanisms I’ve seen in the remote job board world - timezone, salary, job category, and more.
LinkedIn + Craigslist
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional social network and Craigslist is the world’s largest digital classifieds. In both cases, there are tons of jobs and the opportunity to search for remote jobs or “telecommuting” jobs.
Note: Craigslist has a reputation for being sketchy, so be careful. However, many jobs posted are completely legitimate and shouldn’t be discounted.
Link: Craigslist.com (Then go to jobs → Telecommute filter for your city)
Niche Google search
Sometimes, the work you’re looking for or are qualified for doesn’t fit into a neat job board. When in doubt, try some googling.
I recommend using one of two Google formulae:
“Remote job board [LOCATION]”
“Remote [JOB TYPE] jobs [LOCATION]”
With the first style, you’ll likely find a lot more open roles. The second style, though, could help you land the perfect job if you already know exactly what you want to do.
And if you’ve already tried these searches in the past… I’d say try again. With the pandemic growing, many companies are shifting to remote when they previously would never have thought about it.
Don’t forget to ask
If you’re applying to any role that’s done on a computer, don’t be afraid to ask if they will accept remote work -- at least for the time being. Some companies had never thought of remote, so they wouldn’t know until you ask. If the company says they want to focus on in-office work only, there may still be flexibility for you to work remotely while a pandemic is going on and then transition to the office world when the time is right.
I know that applying for jobs can feel scary. I had to do it a bunch when I got laid off before deciding to focus on my business. But my hope is that these resources help you just a little bit.
If there’s anything else you’d like to know about the remote job search process, please leave a comment and let me know!