You are already aware of the advantages of remote work, but why is it so difficult to find a fully remote job these days? Michelle Coulson, one of our amazing members, and founder of Remote Rebellion, has experienced the struggles of finding a remote job firsthand.
Before setting up Remote Rebellion, Michelle worked as a recruiter for seven years. During the pandemic, she took the opportunity to work from Bali while the London office was closed. However, in 2021, when her boss informed her that the office was reopening and she needed to return, she felt sick at the thought of going back to her tiny flat in the cold and commuting on the tube every day to sit in an office for eight hours. No thanks!
Michelle quit her job, thinking that it would be easy to find another one. However, finding a remote job proved to be much more challenging. There were far fewer opportunities available that allowed her to work from Bali.
After a few weeks, she changed her strategy and landed two freelance jobs doing recruitment for remote-first companies. That’s when she realized that instead of helping companies hire employees, she could use her knowledge and resources to teach others how to get a remote job.
Michelle has shared four tips below that will help you land a remote job.
Tips to find a remote job:
1. Change your mindset
If you think that your lack of degree or experience is holding you back, it isn’t – it’s your mindset. There are entry-level jobs available that do not require a degree. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what makes you unique and what you can offer a remote-first company.
2. Know what you want
Knowing what you want is a critical step to finding a remote job. This can be challenging if you’re just starting out, have never worked remotely before, or are looking for something that gives you more flexibility or more time at home than your current job. Regardless of your situation, it’s important to start by defining what type of remote job is perfect for your lifestyle and needs.
3. Be more visible
While you don’t need to be a social media influencer to land a remote job, having a consistent online presence can be beneficial. Ensure that your social media accounts are up-to-date with recent photos and content. This includes updating and cleaning up your LinkedIn profile, adding followers, joining groups, and posting frequently.
4. Apply for remote jobs!
After completing the above steps, it’s time to apply for remote jobs! In addition to applying for remote jobs, reach out to remote-first companies and recruiters! Ensure that your CV and cover letter are up-to-date and demonstrate exactly what the company is looking for. Send off a few applications and be patient! It can take time for companies to review your CV, so don’t worry if it takes longer than expected.
So what now?
Well if you reading this you’re probably ready to make that leap and a helping hand could be just enough. Rather than keep procrastinating, let’s start with step 1 and if you want a bit more of a helping hand, just reach out to Michelle using the links below.
🔗 Learn more about Michelle and Remote Rebellion at remoterebellion.com
📧 Email email@example.com
😎 DM Michelle in Slack (@michelle c)
👩💻 Meet Michelle and others in her Remote Job Seekers coworking group