Finding remote jobs online can be a frustrating experience. When speaking with coaching clients, these are the reasons why they are struggling to find jobs that match their skills and experience.
You will quickly realise that there are a lot of remote job boards and, the number of jobs you can work from home is increasing every month.
Before you start your search, write down your criteria: do you want a full or part-time job? Do you mind working as a contractor for a foreign company? Or, do you prefer to work for a company in your home country so taxes, etc. are dealt with?
Write what role you are looking for. Think about the niche or industry that you would like to work within. If you find work within an industry, that is part of your passions in life, you are going to be more inspired.
Here are three reasons why you are not finding remote jobs online.
Searching in the wrong places
When asking coaching clients where they are searching for remote job opportunities, many use traditional job boards like Monster and Indeed. While these sites do have jobs listed, they are not easy to find.
Instead, use a remote job board that focuses on the types of roles that you are looking for. You can find a list of my personal favourite remote job boards based on my experiences over the last six years.
While many remote job boards can be browsed on a mobile device, my advice is to browse them on your laptop or desktop computer. Searching will be easier because a lot of the functionality is not available on mobile phones, or, is not user-friendly.
Based on the search criteria you highlighted above, start to browse through the job board and pay particular interest to when the listing was posted.
Look out for advanced search features so you can narrow down your search to a specific role, i.e. customer support or quality assurance. This will save you browsing through the mountain of listings, and feeling overwhelmed.
That said, you will quickly realise that companies often create bizarre job titles, so, dig into the listing before completely disregarding it.
No networking strategy
This cannot be said enough: networking is essential. Other than my first, getting hired in all subsequent remote jobs has been due to people recommending me.
Yes, you read that right. Companies have approached me about working for them because of recommendations within my network.
The best place to start is LinkedIn. Create posts to showcase your skills and experience. Use the right hashtags that people search, and yes, you will have companies approaching you about opportunities.
Going back to the remote job search criteria, think about the companies that you would love to work for. Start to build relationships with the people running their LinkedIn company page by leaving comments on their content.
As much as we all have social media fatigue. Facebook groups are still powerful for building relationships with people who can help you land a remote job. Create a list of groups within the niche and industry that you want to work in.
When the covid-19 virus is beaten, start to visit a few in-person networking events because this is where you will find the best contacts.
Not niching down in your search
Last month, a client approached me and said that they were searching Google but didn’t find any remote jobs. They were looking for customer care roles. As I said, companies are getting creative with their job titles, so, don’t be too generic.
Go to your favourite search engine and type in ‘remote jobs customer support’ and other search terms around the roles you are looking for.
Dig deeper, in the search. You will find that most remote job boards have categories for specific roles. So, they will have a list of jobs in customer support, and from there you can get an idea of the type of titles companies are using.
Hopefully, this article has given you some ideas on why you are not finding remote jobs online. Need more advice? Subscribe to my free remote work email where more practical tips are shared every Sunday.