When things went south at our workplace, a coworker and I were kvetching about how hard it would be to find a good job locally, and how great it would be to work remote. But I had no clue how to get started with finding good remote jobs, and didn't do anything other than distribute my resume to local positions.
Instead she went through AngelList open jobs looking specifically for remote positions. She immediately got an interview, but midway through it she told them she was under-qualified for what they needed, and told them, "But I know someone who would be perfect for you", and a few weeks later they hired me. I'm very humbly grateful to her for changing my life immensely for the better.
And the even better news is she got her own remote job, again through AngelList, a couple weeks later. Not only did we both get substantial raises, but more importantly we are getting to work on much more interesting projects and on teams that are really supportive of us.
Here's what worked for me, it might work for you:
I was contacted by a recruiter. They wanted to hire me, but the job was 5000km away and I didn't want to move. I politely declined the offer.
Ten minutes later, they call back, and offer to let me do it remotely.
I worked there for six years.
The thing that I've found, is that it's generally easier to work remotely if they already want to hire you for some other reason. For instance, this particular employer was interested in filling a role that required a skillset that was very unusual. Basically they had two options; they could hire me and let me WFH, or they could hire someone local and invest the time and effort 'bringing them up to speed.'
I've generally avoided jobs that were advertised as "work remote", because a lot of those recruiters are just BURIED in resumes. I've found that it's better to use the "work from home" option as part of the bargaining process. No different than bargaining over salary or title.
So, first, it helps to have unusual skills they need.
I'm not trying to be snarky. People tend to have blind spots about their own value position and often focus on some detail of negotiating that feels like a big deal to them and end up somewhat glossing over the fundamental value position that caused them to be in a strong negotiating position to begin with.
Negotiating tactics are vastly less useful if no one wants what you have to offer, or if others like you are a dime a dozen.
This often leads to bad advice.
When I had a corporate job, one of my coworkers with a lavish lifestyle was giving a lot of financial advice to another coworker with chronic financial stress. It wasn't necessarily bad advice per se. But it kind of glossed over the fact that the one with money was childless and her husband made scads of money. The other woman had four children and an ordinary Joe of a husband.
I always felt the advice should have started with "First, go back in time and marry well. Second, go back in time and don't have four kids."
It's vastly easier to do things like pay off your credit cards in full every month and only pay cash for a new car when you have lots more income and fewer obligations. These were the sorts of things she bragged about as if she were some financial genius, glossing over the huge income difference that allowed her to implement these ever so wise financial choices.
Most places will flat out say no, but every once in a while a recruiter responds "let me check" and there's your opening..
I've written up details on how to do this in a couple of threads :
"How to Get a Remote Job, Even When Remote Isn’t Advertised"
It was a win-win; they were able to hire me at a discount, I was able to move to where I wanted to.
IE, if your plan was to let people WFH, then sell the buildings they used to occupy, that plan is going to go south if the value of the building drops by half.
Yes, there's a lot of remote work out there, but it's so spread out on various sources that you end up having to spend time every single day reading the listings in depth because many times there are constraints.
For example it's limited to candidates in the USA, or it's remote but you have to live in London, or it does have flexible hours but you have to be willing to join a meeting at 3:00 AM EST. I've run into all kinds of constraints.
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try looking for systems programming work. most of these sites don't have have categories for any kind of software development - the closest you can get is DevOps/SRE or 'full stack'.
And then it says "web" in the first headline :D
I also made a site for this, but rather than aggregating the various job boards I'm trying to track down the companies themselves that hire remotely and aggregate the postings on their own sites: https://www.mikesremotelist.com
It only shows remote jobs, and you can search by selecting certain categories that youre interested in.
Additionally, if you change the filter the jobs section seems to be automatically updating but your pagination isn't. (ie - click media, it lists 171 jobs, navigate to page two (which resets your filters) and then click the backend filter tag. Your pagination now says you're on page 2 of all possible backend jobs.
Does anybody have good experiences with finding well paid, technical remote jobs here in Europe? How did you find that?
For a full remote position, you'd think video chat would be a common thing.
Checkout -> https://remoteleaf.com
searching whoishiring for java with a filter of contract returns exactly 1 result in the usa. the same search on just upwork gives 120 results, and there are 80 other sites listed
the list is very much needed
EDIT: Yeah, there's a big switch there, didn't see it before asking. Thanks
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any sense of whether other people that care about such things would be willing to pay ?