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Darren Cronian, the author of this guide, has spent eight years securing remote jobs and building a successful freelancing business. His goal is to help people escape the office. Read more >

Finding remote jobs online can be a frustrating experience. When speaking with coaching clients, these are why they struggle to find jobs that match their skills.

You will quickly realize that there are a lot of remote job boards, and the number of jobs you can work from home is increasing monthly.

Before you 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 a sector that is part of your passions in life, you will be more inspired.

Here are three reasons why you are not finding remote jobs online.

3 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 have jobs listed, they are not easy to find.

Instead, use a remote job board that focuses on the roles you are looking for. You can find a list of my favorite remote job boards based on my experiences over the last six years.

While many remote job boards can be browsed on a mobile device, I advise browsing them on your laptop or computer.

Searching will be easier because much of the functionality is unavailable on mobile phones or is not user-friendly.

Based on the search criteria you highlighted above, browse through the job board and pay particular interest when the listing is posted.

Look out for advanced search features to narrow your search to a specific role, i.e., customer support or quality assurance. This will save you from browsing the mountain of listings and feeling overwhelmed.

That said, you will quickly realize 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; yes, companies will be approaching you about opportunities.

Returning to the remote job search criteria, consider the companies you would love to work for. Start building relationships with the people running their LinkedIn company page by commenting 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, 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 they were searching Google but couldn’t find any remote jobs. They were looking for customer care roles.’ Companies are getting creative with job titles, so don’t be too generic.

Go to your favorite search engine and type in ‘remote jobs customer support’ and other search terms around the roles you seek.

Dig deeper into the search. You will find that most remote job boards have categories for specific roles. So, they will have a list of customer support jobs; from there, you can get an idea of the type of titles companies to use.

What’s next?

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.

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