It is time to get creative and find remote jobs in 2024! While everyone focuses on job boards, these strategies will increase your chances of landing the perfect remote job.
From my experiences over the last nine years, these strategies work if you are prepared to put in the time and effort. They are strategies that focus on your career in the long term, so they are not quick wins.
Here are three creative ways to find remote jobs in 2024.
Showcase Your Skills on Social Media
An employer can only go on what you include in your resume and cover letter. They have no idea of your skillset or level of knowledge. So, thinking of creative ways to showcase your skills will help you stand out amongst other candidates.
How creative you get depends on the roles you’re applying for. My role as a remote job coach is to help you get creative.
While eating my muesli this morning, I had one idea: if you’re looking for a copywriting job. This idea may inspire you to get creative and showcase your skills to potential employers.
Here are the steps to implement this strategy:
- Think about the industry you would like to be working in.
- Write down a few companies you would love to work for.
- Find out which social network most of them are active on.
- Create a profile. Use a quality photo of your face that stands out.
- Write a creative bio that will make you stand out.
Learning how these sites function and trying to understand the algorithm is essential. This will help your content attract companies you’re interested in working for.
Next, this is where you can get creative.
Browse websites within the industry and screenshot poorly written content online. Ensure no copyrighted material like logos and images is included; just take the text. Post the screenshot along with how you would have written the content and why your version is better. To get your content found, use hashtags on copywriting and industry-specific terms.
Why do this? Firstly, you highlight your copywriting skills, and a link to your content can be included in your cover letter. Get your content seen, and people will recommend you to companies and recruiters.
This is just one strategy that you could implement. Check out my remote job coach page if you need help showcasing your skills.
Become a Professional Networker
LinkedIn is the first place to become a professional networker, but look into industry-specific communities where you can be active. Spend time researching platforms to network with your peers and companies you would like to work for.
Over the last six years, 90% of the companies hired me because of my network. This made getting into these companies easier because people were recommending me.
Building a network of people within the industry you are focusing on will help you in the long term. The hardest remote job to get is your first one.
Even when you are hired into a remote job, it’s still recommended to continue to engage with your network and keep informed of trends and changes within the industry. So, how do you start to build your network?
Here are some practical steps:
Creating content and sharing your skills and knowledge will get you seen by your peers and companies looking for someone with your experience.
- Create short-form content on LinkedIn.
- Use an image but not stock. Take your photos.
- Use 1 to 3 hashtags to help get your content found.
- Publish when your network is the most active.
- Be consistent. Publish content at least once a day.
Engage with people who you feel would benefit your career in the future. This could be leaving and answering questions, adding your opinion and experiences to the topic, sharing posts, and liking the content posted from within the community.
Stand out within your industry as someone highly employable, and opportunities will come your way. No, seriously, they will. It is worth putting the time and effort into building a network.
Engage with Companies Online
This might feel uncomfortable for many people, but engaging with companies will get you noticed, especially if you add much value and become a respected individual within their community.
Earlier in this article, you were recommended to create a shortlist of companies you would like to work for. With this list, start to look at where they are active online. Then, engage with the content and showcase your skills and experience.
Here’s an example of how this can work:
You’re applying for a customer service role, and users are leaving questions. Become familiar with the product(s) and share your experience and advice. This is particularly useful when the community is built for user-led support.
You could create or join an unofficial group on Facebook where users ask questions of other users. Avada Users Group is an excellent example of a community helping each other. If you are actively supporting members, the company will observe this.
Simply asking a few weekly questions or sharing ideas on improving the produce/service will get you noticed.
Hopefully, this article has inspired you to find creative ways to find remote jobs.