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How to Get a Remote Job in 2021 and Work From Anywhere

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Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Daniella

Sick of the fluorescent lighting and hour long commutes? It’s no surprise you searched for how to get a remote job.

Employers have stretched their employees to the point of exhaustion with long hours, little perks, and less than liveable wages.

Then 2020 happened and many people were sent home to work remote until an unseen time in the future (or until there was a vaccine). A year passed and then people were still working from home. Many become very comfortable with their new working agreement. Some moved, others traveled, and others found themselves being asked to come back into the office when they aren’t even in the same country.

It feels like a violation when your entire job can be done from anywhere in the world but they still have the guts to ask you to come back and work in their stuffy office.

So people quit, and a lot of them. More than 25 million people quit their jobs in the first seven months of 2021 and more continue to quit every month.

During The Great Resignation, between March and April 2021, a FlexJobs survey found that 58% of respondents would “‘absolutely’ look for a new job if they cannot continue remote work.”

Not only that, but many are quitting not because of no remote work options, but because of poor working conditions and being fed up with being exploited.

It’s become an employees market so now is the perfect time to take advantage of the remote and high paying job options out there (so you can live your best life from wherever you want).

Note: We acknowledge that there are fields of work that don’t allow remote work such as in person teachers, nurses, doctors, many trade professions, customer facing professions, and more. This guide is geared toward fields of work where it is possible to work from a laptop anywhere and you don’t have to be in a physical office location to complete your work.

If you think you can negotiate a remote work situation at your current job, download our free tip sheet with the same strategy I used to negotiate remote work at my job.

How to Get a Remote Job This Year in 4 Simple Steps

When you start your remote job search, be clear on the type of position you want. Do you want a job that you have to do a lot of moving and traveling around like a traveling nurse or do you work in tech and looking for a secure tech job that you can do from wherever you want to be at that moment, not dependent on their assignments? 

Ask yourself important questions like this and try to visualize the perfect remote work situation. Write it down.

Then let’s craft your resume to match it.

1. Revamp Your Resume

There really isn’t anything special you have to do to your resume for landing a remote job but it does help to list past remote job roles you had as being remote. You can mark this on that area of your resume such as “Remote software engineer” or describe under a job role that you were a part of a remote team of 15, lead a remote team, or worked with a remote team (working with remote teams while you aren’t yet remote is a great way to show that experience with that sort of communication and collaboration style).

However, there are a couple of important items to note if you want your resume to stand out from the hundreds of others.

Use these 4 tips for a successful resume that stands out:

  1. Under each job position, include results that you were able to drive within your role and give specific time frames for those results. Example: “I was able to create a tool that automated certain tasks for my team, saving my organization x amount of dollars and x amount of time over that year.”
  2. Has an easy to read format for digital resume readers, targeting 1 page or isn’t longer than 2 pages. Keep both a .doc and .pdf version ready to go.
  3. List your experience in reverse chronological order including the last 10 years of experience unless otherwise applicable. If you already feel like your resume is getting long and it includes roles that aren’t applicable to the current job you’re applying for, ditch them.
  4. Showcase any sort of awards and entrepreneurial spirit that you have. If you have or had a side hustle and it’s relevant to the position you want to apply for, include it on your resume.

Related: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need for Including Side Hustles on Your Resume

2. Know Your Market Rate

Before you start looking at jobs, know what pay ranges you will and won’t consider. This will ensure you don’t waste any time applying for jobs that don’t pay near your rate.

How do you even find what your rate is? I use Glassdoor for this.

Go to Glassdoor, in the Salaries section and search for your position title you are going for and “Remote Work From Home” as the location. This will give you a good ballpark of salaries to expect when looking for work from home jobs. This same tool also has the ability to provide you with negation tips as well.

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However, your rate may fluctuate above or below depending on your experience, education, and level you want to apply for. Asking friends and collogues that hold positions that you are applying for or have worked at companies that you are applying at what they were paid will also give you a good idea of a real life example.

All in all, take these different data points to come up with a rate that best fits your needs and goals. Don’t base your rate on your past jobs and past pay ranges, base it on what the market is paying and what you want to get paid.

3. Look for Jobs With a “Remote First” Mindset

When you’re looking for a remote job, expect nothing else but a remote job. Meaning, don’t be lenient on your own requirements and don’t settle for a job if it isn’t remote.

This is so you don’t waste time away from your goal. If you need a job right away, then please be flexible with yourself and maybe take that in person job for awhile until you find a good remote job match.

Seek Out Remote First Companies

There are thousands of companies that have a fully remote office model. They don’t have a physical building that they perform operations from and allow their workforce to work remotely within their specific agreements.

You can start by searching for the “careers” or “jobs” areas of these companies’ websites to see what positions they have open and start applying.

Some of these companies are (but not limited to):

  • Adobe
  • Hubspot
  • Dropbox
  • Microsoft
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • Salesforce
  • Shopify
  • Target
  • Zoom
  • Square

If any of the above seem like they wouldn’t be a company you would work for because you don’t think you have the experience, think again. I don’t care what it is, go for it – especially if it is a job you think you’re unqualified for.

There are people out there with half the talent as you with the audacity to go for the same job, why shouldn’t you?

Look to Remote Job Boards

If you want to broaden your search and look at a larger pool of available jobs, use one of the many available remote job search sites and remember to filter the location field on “Remote” or “Remote Work From Home”.

These sites are not only for folks seeking full time employment either. You will also find jobs for part time workers, freelancers, contractors, and more.

Start your search with these following sites.

Pro tip: When you find a position open on any of these job sites, go to the company’s main site and try to apply for the job on their own site if they have it listed.

4. Nail The Interview

When you are interviewing, be sure to showcase any remote work experience that you have. If there is a certain work from home ritual you have that helps you stay on task and in a collaborative, share it. They will be comforted to see that you know what to expect in a remote work setting.

Be yourself, don’t trail off too much when answering situational questions and keep your answers as focused as possible, and never answer the question “what did you make at your previous employer?” – that question is illegal in 21 states.

How to Get a Remote Job and Thrive as a Remote Worker

Now that you’ve found your ideal remote job, it’s time to thrive.

Your days of waiting in hours of traffic and rushing to get through the day are over.

Take the time to create an organized space in your home for a home office and clear work space. Having an organized area as you work from home will keep you organized in your daily tasks. If you are moving to a digital nomad lifestyle and expect to be moving around alot, be sure to have tools that keep some order to this mobile type of work like a well organized Google Drive, a backup of files on a thumb drive, an organized calendar and a waterproof bag for your laptop.

Keep an open communication with your manager and colleagues using tools like Slack and find ways to learn something new every day.

As for your new found free time that you aren’t spent in traffic, what will you do with it? Let us know in the comments below and enjoy your new remote work lifestyle!


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