Remote Worker? Here’s How You Can Get the Most Out of Your Job Search
There are more remote working opportunities today than ever before. According to data collected by McKinsey, 58% of employees now have the opportunity to work remotely at least some of the time.
If you work remotely, then you already benefit from more free time, lower commuting costs, and a better work-life balance. However, job searching while working remotely can be a little tricky. You may find it hard to navigate the corporate ladder if you’re never in the office, as remote networking may not be as effective as networking in real life.
Despite the challenges of networking while working remotely, there are still plenty of opportunities to be had. You just need to modify your approach to get the most out of your job search.
Searching for Remote Jobs
Most job search websites allow you to filter your search to only show remote opportunities. A quick search should yield plenty of appropriate results. However, you shouldn’t jump at the first opportunity you find. Instead, learn how to read between the lines and find a remote working opportunity that suits you.
When you find an attractive opportunity, look for additional information like perks, remote team building, and career pathway opportunities. Perks like standing desks can make a significant difference to your quality of life while you work remotely as you’ll likely be working at a desk for most of the day.
Other considerations during a career change should include responsibilities and additional training opportunities. As a remote worker, it’s easy to be forgotten during training and promotions. Take a thorough read through the job adverts you find and ensure that you’re joining a remote-work-friendly employer.
Leverage Your Network
Working remotely doesn’t mean that you can’t build a network to help spark your next career move. In fact, as a remote worker, you may find that your network is even wider, as you’ll have more time to make connections outside of working hours, too.
You can build your professional network remotely by utilizing features on apps like Slack and Microsoft Teams. Even a quick message to connect with a remote coworker can make a big impression. Ensure that you follow up on the relationships you build with coworkers and peers by connecting on sites like LinkedIn. LinkedIn can be a great resource for professional development opportunities and networking during your remote job search.
If you’re just looking to switch companies, then you may want to consider a lateral career move. A lateral career move occurs when you start working for a new employer but remain on the same step of the corporate ladder. This can be a good move if you’re looking to find a fast-growing business but aren’t necessarily interested in taking on new responsibilities.
Remember to use your personal network to make the most of your next job search. As a remote worker, you probably have a stronger non-professional network than office-bound peers. Lean on the bonds you’ve made through sports clubs or art groups as they may be able to help you find a job you love.
Security and Scams
As a remote worker, you need to be hyper-aware of potential scams and security flaws. As part of your job search, you’ll have to give out personal identifying information like your name, address, current employer, and experience. If you aren’t careful, malicious actors can use this information to steal your identity and commit fraud.
When completing a job search, ensure that all of your software is up to date. Hackers can use your identifying information to spot weaknesses in your computer’s security. This may lead to camera hacking which can reveal your identity and undermine your job search.
You can learn to avoid the most common work-from-home scams by educating yourself and remaining vigilant. Be suspicious of any firm that asks you for payment before you start working for them and try to avoid companies with little or no identifying information available online.
Relocations and Laws
If you’re looking to relocate as part of your job search, you need to have a clear understanding of tax laws before you make the move. Some employers may not be eligible to employ you due to international law.
Work closely with an accountant who understands international tax law before, during, and after your relocation. This will help you avoid extra fees and penalties as you’ll have the right files on record with each country’s respective tax department.
You should also read the fine print in any job adverts that advertise employers from overseas. Some employers may wish to pay you in their local currency, which can cause headaches if you are expecting to be paid in dollars.
Network, Connect, and Score That New Job
Working remotely is a great way to strike a better work-life balance and spend more time doing things you love. However, job searching while working from home can be a challenge. Give yourself the best chance possible by networking with remote colleagues and connecting on sites like LinkedIn. When you are searching for jobs, learn to read between the lines and always be on the lookout for small print and scams.
This guest post was authored by Ainsley Lawrence
Ainsley Lawrence is a writer who loves to talk about how business and professionalism intersect with the personal, social, and technological needs of today. She is frequently lost in a good book.
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