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For those of us that want to see the world without giving up our income, working remotely can be a great option. It gives you the flexibility to travel while still contributing to a company. While not all companies have embraced the remote work lifestyle, more are starting to embrace it. A poll conducted by Flex Jobs found that 85 percent of millenials would work remotely 100% of the time if given the chance. Given this huge trend, it's no wonder that companies are starting to become remote friendly to attract younger workers.
Check out the video below to see what Pieter Levels thinks about the future of work and how remote work is going to become the norm:
Finding a remote job can be difficult even for the most prepared job hunter. Unlike local positions, when you apply remotely you are competing with the entire world so you need to make sure that your website, portfolio, and resume are up to date and ready to go when you start applying. Luckily, there are some great resources out there that either curate remote only jobs or allow you to filter by remote friendly. We curated a list below to get you started on your next job hunt.
We Work Remotely is created by the team at Basecamp/37 Signals, who wrote books like Rework and Remote that have shaped how a lot of companies think about running their business. We Work Remotely breaks up jobs into different categories and is a very active job board specifically for remote work. The thing I like about this board in particular is that they have sections for non-programming or design roles, which can be more difficult to come by when looking for remote work.
Remote OK has been gaining a ton of momentum lately. There are always new jobs popping up and it is becoming increasingly active over time. For job seekers, I suggest using the tags that are built in on the site either by clicking on them or doing a quick search. It will allow you to see what is available, was posted in the past, and what you could expect to be posted in your specific career choice a bit more easily.
Betalist has been around for a while now as a site that showcases new startups from around the world. It feels like a natural extension of their business to provide a job board. I personally think the design is much cleaner than most other job boards and is very useful for navigating around opportunities. They also aggregate job openings from around the web, so it acts as a type of meta search for those of us looking for jobs. Click on the remote link in the location area to filter out all non-remote jobs.
Indeed might not seem on the surface like the best place to find a remote job, but if you know how to use their search system it can actually be useful for finding the jobs that might not make it onto the remote only job boards. The secret for remote workers is to specify the location at remote when conducting your search.
It seems intuitive, but it took me a little while to figure out how to get Indeed to actually be useful for my job search. What I found were a lot of opportunities at more "traditional" type companies, which can be good if you are looking for a larger company to work for.
Who is Hiring is an underleveraged resource when searching for a job. The coolest thing about the opportunities listed on this site is that they parse the postings from the monthly Hacker News "Who is hiring?" post and turns them into a nice searchable database of job listings. They also pull in job listings from around the web so you will likely see some overlap if you have checked out the links mentioned previously.
Sometimes companies choose not to post on job boards so you need to go to the careers section of their site to see what openings they have. Working Remotely put together a robust list of companies that work as a distributed team. It might be worth your time to go through and double check to see if companies that you are interested in might have opportunities available that aren't listed on the other sites.
Using these resources can help you get started on your path to becoming a digital nomad. Take the time to check out all of the links listed above to get an idea of what companies are hiring for and what skills you might have to either learn or speak to on your resume. If you have any other resources you would like to add to the list, please don't hesitate to let me know!