Let's face it -- there are countless reasons to start looking for an opportunity to work remotely. From the freedom and flexibility to the financial savings and increased job satisfaction, working remotely is one major way to improve your work-life balance.
Interested in nabbing a remote position for yourself? It's actually easier than you might think, depending on your field. Here are just a few helpful tips to get started with your remote job search.
Spruce Up Your Resume
It should come as no surprise that remote jobs are often more competitive. Start by taking a good look at your resume and making updates. Even if your resume is factually accurate, there's a good chance that it can still be improved through the use of visual formatting as well as persuasive language. This is also a good opportunity to think about the type of remote job that might suit you best. According to a 2016 Gallup poll, Millennials are the "Job Hopping Generation," with six in 10 open to a new job at any given time, more than any other generation. But regardless of your age, taking some extra time for self-reflection can help you stay satisfied with your new position and stick around for the long haul.
Use the Right Resources
While there are many job-searching platforms designed solely for remote job seekers, you should still use the big name sites like Indeed to explore your telecommuting options. Filtering to remote jobs is as easy as adding 'remote' after the keyword(s) in your search. This also allows you to expand your search area to anywhere in the country, though it may be best to stick with states in the same time zone. Make sure to upload your resume in pdf format with each separate application you submit, along with a thorough cover letter. Hiring managers can instantly tell when an applicant hasn't spent much time reading the description or submitting materials.
When it comes to remote-specific resources, check out Flexjobs, AngelList, Remote.com, and WeWorkRemotely. Some require a low monthly fee to use; others are free of charge. Hubstaff Talent is also a tried and true platform that's ideal for finding contract work:
"On Hubstaff, you have the option of searching for remote jobs that are full-time, hourly freelance contract, and even fixed price -- so this platform is particularly great if you're looking to take on freelance work to supplement your income. With their hundreds of open roles ranging from web development, to design, marketing, sales, customer service, social media marketing and more, there's something for everyone on this remote job platform," says Ryrob.
Finally, make sure to stay hopeful during your search and keep checking job boards each day. New positions are created and posted every single day, and one of them is bound to be right for you. According to a survey by the AARP, 34% of older Americans would like to work from home, and working remotely is often an ideal situation for those who want more than the traditional nine-to-five office grind.
Americans say they spend an average of 87 minutes a day in their cars, and there are approximately 6 million car accidents in the U.S. each year. The daily traffic-filled commutes that come with traditional office jobs are always stressful and even dangerous. But keeping these tips in mind can help you land the remote position of your dreams and exchange those car keys for a cozy computer keyboard.