Picture it: you wake up each morning, shower, brush your teeth, comb your hair, enjoy a nice breakfast, grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and travel no further than your cozy home office down the hall to start the workday. No more fighting bumper-to-bumper traffic. No more office distractions. No more following ridged schedules to meet project deadlines. Instead, you get to tackle your day in a comfortable, familiar environment. These are just some of the perks of working remotely.
Lots of the clients I work with are seeking remote jobs because of the convenience and flexibility. As someone who has diligently worked from home for more than 10 years, I can tell you that working remotely isn’t for everyone. While I quite enjoy hanging out with my cat in my quiet and familiar home office, even I had somewhat of an adjustment period after leaving my corporate gig. Conversely, you might thrive off the energy, stimulation, and community that comes from being in your typical workplace setting. Thankfully many employers are becoming more open to providing flexible scheduling options for their employees – for example, you might negotiate a mix of on-site and remote work days with your employer. What’s most important is knowing what works best for you.
Remote jobs are available in so many different career fields and with the right search terms, you can easily find them on several popular job boards like Indeed, SimplyHired, LinkedIn and Glassdoor. There are several other job boards you may not know about that cater specifically to remote job seekers. Here are a few:
Flexjobs.com (paid membership)
When searching for a remote position, the same general job search rules apply: prepare a job-focused resume and customized cover letter that really highlights your skills, accomplishments, and ability to work autonomously. Create a LinkedIn profile that brands you as a qualified professional in your chosen field, and network, network, network within your own contacts as well as in online professional communities (e.f. LinkedIn and Facebook Groups) where industry professionals openly share useful information.