Due to the pandemic, more jobs are remote-based than ever before, making it easier to find work. However, along with opening up more possibilities, it also means more competition for roles. Be prepared to revamp your resume and brush up on your job search and interview skills in your job hunt, and be sure to get the right equipment to make your home office more functional. Or, if you’re keen to work outside your home, look at coworking spaces such as Nomadworks.
Tips for job hunting
Before you get too deep into job hunting, start by improving your application materials. Your resume will likely need to be refreshed, especially if you haven’t updated it in awhile. It’s a good idea to do some research and consider the different template options and then update your job history and skills section. If you have any trouble assessing your skills, have a look at your last job description, and copy over relevant skills.
After you’ve polished up your resume, it’s time to start your job search. The Balance notes there are several job search websites, some of which are tailored to certain industries. For example, if you’re drawn to working at a startup, AngelList is a great site to check out. Or if you work in management, The Ladders is a great resource. And for remote jobs, FlexJobs is best. Regardless of the site you use, be sure to search for specific keywords when you’re doing your research.
When you get contacted for an interview, be sure to brush up on your interview skills and ensure you have a good set-up for a video interview, if needed. For video interviews, make sure you have a strong internet connection, a room with good lighting, and a webcam or built-in camera that works well. Test your technology before the interview, and ensure your household knows to give you privacy during your interview.
How to maintain a remote job
Once you start a new remote job, it’s important to be productive and ensure you have the right equipment to do your job. For example, if your computer isn’t running well, consider upgrading to a new desktop computer or tablet. You can get great deals online on tech tools, so do your research before you buy. Another great item to help you work more efficiently could be a webcam, especially if you have regular video meetings with your colleagues.
Some remote workers struggle with working from home, so if you’re concerned about feeling isolated, consider co-working options. There are socially distanced workspaces now available, so do some research to find an option that will allow you to stay healthy while working around others.
Starting your own business
If you’re having trouble finding a full-time job, it might be worth considering starting your own business. To get started, Hubspot points out that it can be helpful to freelance for a while to gain clients and get used to working on your own. Once you build up a client base, it’s worth setting up a business to help manage taxes.
If you do decide to start a business, consider setting up a limited liability company, or LLC. You can avoid lawyer fees by doing it yourself or hiring a formation service. Just be sure to check out the regulations and administrative tasks necessary to set up a New York LLC.
Finding a remote job doesn’t have to be difficult, so long as you know where to look. Get your equipment ready for your interview if it’s over video chat, and be sure to invest in some new tools—such as a new computer—to make remote working more efficient. And if you’re struggling with finding a new job, consider starting your own business.
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