There’s nothing like waking up each morning knowing you don’t have to compete with traffic, fight people on public transportation or even rush to get dressed. My last position was as a Mobile UX Architect, and in that position, I was able to work from home 100 percent of the time. That’s right — every day I worked from home, eight hours a day. Every morning, I went to the gym, cooked breakfast and chatted on the phone with my retired mother before starting my work shift. I had never been so calm in my life — a stark contrast from when I was traveling 90 minutes to work each way in my previous role.
When I resigned from that job, I vowed to myself that I would only search for and consider remote jobs. Luckily, as an information technology professional, it was easy to find remote job options. As I began my search, I developed my own remote job search formula. This helped me not only maximize my options, but also helped me save more money — when you work from home, you skip out on so many hidden work expenses like gas, eating out for lunch and dry cleaning for formal clothing.
Sound like a dream? You too can find remote work if you search daily utilizing these six key components.
1. Identify Careers that Support Remote Work
The key to finding a high-paying remote position is identifying which job titles and cutting-edge skills you need to have in order to work remotely. Professions like information technology (IT), engineering, healthcare, customer service, project management and recruiting can often be done remotely. But keep in mind that most high-paying remote jobs also require you to know how to use webinar technologies, online database systems and document repositories.
2. Leverage Remote Job Search Keywords
As I searched for a remote job, I discovered many companies use different terms to describe remote working. I took note of this and began to use all of the following terms in my searches: remote, work from home, virtual, telecommute and partial remote. When you search by these keywords individually, you’ll find all types of positions that may fall under the remote work umbrella — much more than if you were to just search one term. Most of the time, only one of these keywords will appear in the job title, for example, Project Manager (Remote) or Project Manager (Telecommute).
Once you identify the right keywords, it’s time to pair them with relevant jobs. In my search, I wanted to narrow my results to roles like Project Manager, Product Manager, Senior Consultant and Product Owner, so I tried variations like “Remote Project Manager,” “Telecommute Senior Consultant” and “Work From Home Product Manager”. I also paired these keywords with relevant skills, like “Remote Agile,” “Telecommute WordPress” and “Work From Home Sharepoint.”
3. Leave Out Location Constraints
By default, most job sites use your location to narrow down the available jobs by your city, state and/or zip code. But when you search for remote jobs, you should double check to make sure that this field is either blank or changed to “Remote“. This way, you’ll widen your search criteria and receive more relevant results. After all, most companies won’t require you to live in the same state or country as the company’s headquarters.
4. Create Remote Job Alerts
Most popular job sites, including Glassdoor, allow you to create job alerts, which notify you of new job openings based on a specific job title, salary or location. These alerts might come in the form of a daily or weekly email, or a mobile app notification. When I actively looked for a remote job, I created an alert for each remote keyword listed earlier and each job title I was interested in — for example, “Remote Project Manager,” “Telecommute Agile,” “Work From Home,” etc.
5. Find Out Which Companies Hire Remote Workers
Thousands of companies hire large numbers of remote workers. Amazon, Dell, GitHub, IBM and Humana are just a few of the many popular private sector companies who offer remote information technology, healthcare or customer service opportunities. In my search, I also discovered, applied to and interviewed with companies I had never heard of that loved to hire remote professionals. The appeal of work-life balance helped me stay open-minded to both small and large organizations.
The key to career happiness is finding what works for you. Personally, I find I’m happy working in my pajamas and having the freedom to get things done at home for my family. It may take a while, but don’t give up on finding a remote position. If you dedicate a couple of hours a day to searching for and applying to opportunities, you might just be enjoying your new remote life in no time.