Remote work has become one of the most sought-after types of jobs in the months following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many employers are expanding their remote work positions and others are moving to a “hybrid” model with a mix of in-person days and work-from-home days.
LinkedIn reported that remote work postings on its platform accounted for 9.7% all jobs so far in 2021, up from 2% a year earlier — and those jobs are getting a quarter of all applications.
But how do you snag a fully remote job if you have no experience — or little experience beyond the most recent pandemic-induced work-from-home period? We asked experts what to do to compete for — and win — remote jobs in a landscape where competition for them is fierce.
But if you want to jump into the job search right away, here are 25 companies that are hiring fully remote workers.
Find and highlight any relevant remote experience
“If you’re a qualified employee but have never worked remotely, you may have to do some digging to find the relevant experience that spotlights your remote-savvy skills,” said Brie Weller Reynolds, career development manager and coach at remote work jobs board FlexJobs.
That could mean coordinating a virtual meting across multiple time zones, or collaborating with someone else who was remote on a project. Highlight the collaboration software you used and how you worked with workers who were remote during the pandemic, she stressed. And even if you haven’t worked with people remotely outside your office, that doesn’t mean you don’t have the skills, since potential employers are looking for employees who are good at time and task management, self motivation and those who are comfortable with technology.
“Get comfortable with digital communication and collaboration programs like project management apps, document sharing programs and remote communication tools like instant messaging and web conferencing platforms,” Reynolds said.
And if you have a little remote experience, even if it was brief, talk about it, said Jordi Romero, CEO at software startup Factorial HR, which offers a flexible workplace of its own.
“Demonstrating that you’re aware of the pitfalls and positives of working remotely will show employers that you’re ready for the challenge. Employers want to know that,” Romero said.
Don’t assume a job with a location in the listing is not remote
“Employers are showing a lot more flexibility at the moment and I am aware of a number of candidates who have inquired about the flexibility for a role to be done remotely and received a positive response,” said Sophie Milliken, a recruitment and employability expert.
But that also means to be clear on what your requirements would be to work remotely. Do you need certain home office equipment? Potential employees should know what they need for remote work but should also keep it balanced with benefits so it doesn’t appear to be one-sided, Milliken said.
But Jose Laurel, RPO Director at G&A Partners, a professional employer organization, said candidates must invest on their own in a home office that can support remote work and show employers you have crucial separation between your work space and your home space.
“Proving to an employer that you are capable and fully equipped to work from home is an important obstacle to overcome.,” Laurel said. “You must erase any doubt about your ability, maturity and self-discipline that can impact your effectiveness and productivity.”
Build and maintain a consistent online brand and presence
Scott Turman, CEO of BrightRay Publishing and an expert on negotiating salaries and benefits, said it’s no longer enough to simply be good at the job, since remote work means companies can hire people from anywhere – massively expanding their potential talent pool.
“In the past, we could slap a few keywords on our LinkedIn profile or resume and typically get the phone ringing, but now we must stand out in a world of talented and ambitious humans,” Turman said. “As a result, building your personal brand and online consistency has never been more important than it is now. “
He suggested making sure your resume and your LinkedIn profile and other social media profiles match up and are consistent. Also, add any remote work experience you have gained during COVID to your online profiles — make sure to highlight specific examples of work you did while at home, Turman stressed.
The focus on remote work has only heightened amid what many experts are calling the “great resignation” or “great reshuffling” as workers flee their jobs at historic rates. Companies are upping pay, offering bigger bonuses and scrambling for workers as COVID-19 restrictions ease and the economy recovers.
But many workers simply want to not be in a physical office. The average worker, according to one study, is willing to take a pay cut to continue working from home two or three days a week after the pandemic ends. Employees at some of the biggest tech companies are also willing to take a pay cut in order to relocate to a cheaper part of the country — and by a wide margin.
Tech employees at some of America’s largest employers are also willing to forgo a $30,000 raise to permanently work from home, and up to two-thirds of those unsatisfied with their current remote work policies say they would leave their jobs entirely because of them.