What advice would you give to a remote jobseeker?

Question: What advice would you give to a remote jobseeker? Read answers from remote workers to learn.

Interview with Shivani, a remote content writer who shares lessons learned

Don’t apply for every role you’re qualified for. The company is more important than the role, so make sure its values are aligned with yours. Read the company’s blog and follow its team on Twitter.

Values and trust are crucial when you don’t see your teammates for more than a few days a year.

Shivani provides all you need to know about making remote work...work. She shares tips on finding the best remote work opportunity and thriving once you get it.

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Interview with Stefan, a founder building a location-independent startup

Realize that remote work requires a LOT more explicit communication—this goes both ways.

Make sure that you are going in eyes wide open on what your employer expects of you, whether it is a strategic role or execution-focused. Also, know whether there are required daily check-ins and hours or total time freedom. Every basic assumption of the office world needs to be checked, validated, and mutually understood.

This includes:

  • Socials (do they do remote socials or fly people together?)
  • Check-ins (how often, what tools)
  • Measuring success (role definition, role connection to company goals)
  • Workstation set up (do they give you a laptop, like they would if you were in office?)
  • Benefits (how do they administer benefits if you’re in a different country, not just a different city?)

Stefan now has total control over his time since leaving the traditional office in early 2019. Hear how his routine is helping him build a solid remote startup.

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Interview with Pola, a Paris-based content writer

Look into startups; they often have distributed teams.

A job ad in an online group led Pola to find her ideal career as a content writer—see her remote work & job seeking takeaways.

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Interview with Mehmet, a nomadic digital maker and entrepreneur

Make your knowledge as publically visible as you can. Create open-source software if you are a developer. Also, blog, write or create Youtube videos about what you are currently learning.

If you are a designer, fill up your Dribbble profile with your work. If you don’t have enough work, work for free and make it public. Another great way to create public work and showcase your capabilities is to develop or opt into design challenges.

Be more social online. Join the conversation.

Mehmet has embraced his remote team leadership style. Hear about his most helpful productivity trick and why he has "quiet" days for his staff.

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Interview with Lauren, a content marketing team lead and hybrid remote worker

Aside from using job boards that specialize in remote work, apply for jobs that aren’t necessarily remote jobs, and start the conversation.

A lot of companies are willing to be flexible if you have the experience they want.

If the choice is between hiring the perfect remote candidate and hiring a mediocre candidate who can be in the office every day, a smart company will take a chance on the remote worker.

For Lauren, remote work was a non-negotiable arrangement—see how she manages a hybrid remote work situation and her tips for those on the remote job search.

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Interview with Kirsten and Jay-Allen, remote team coaches & collaboration experts

Find out about the company’s remote working culture and ask for practical examples that illustrate what they say.

A lot of companies have adopted distributed working without adopting the necessary structural and mindset changes.

Often we see companies that neglect their remote employees or haven’t really harnessed the benefits of distributed working because they are still trying to map collocated practices to remote environments.

When interviewing, prepare to answer questions about potential challenges you foresee working remotely and how you might overcome them.

Remote team coaches, Kirsten and Jay-Allen, offer three pieces of advice for new remote workers and reveal the one question every remote job seeker should prepare to answer.

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Interview with Pilar, director of Virtual Not Distant

Choose a job that is in line with what you want to be doing. Don't choose a job just because it is remote. Also, understand what remote is. It is not about doing what you want, or even doing it from where you want to do it from, or when you want to do it. You have to understand what you are getting into, and what remote means at that position.

Hear about Pilar's flexible approach to managing Virtual Not Distant and the career-changing advice she received from a friend.

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Interview with Mike, a business developer with a one task a day remote work routine

Landing a remote job is hard, and it’s very easy to get discouraged. So, be persistent.

Also, instead of applying for multiple positions, you should focus on a handful of remote companies you’d really like to be a part of based on their mission, values, culture, etc.

Mike had a lackluster experience with remote work 12 years ago. Today, he has embraced location-independence. Hear about his "one task a day" routine & vital tip for job seekers.

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