How to land a remote job

14 août 2016

I have had the occasion to write in the past about my experience as a remote software engineer. Recently a developer asked me whether I had a few tricks to land a remote job in France, so I thought it would be a good idea to share my ideas as a blog post instead. Without further ado, here are my 5 strategies for landing a remote job in the tech industry:

1/ Ask your current employer

The first strategy is pretty simple. You want a remote job? Ask your employer nicely whether it is possible to become a remote worker. This is how I  got mine. Obviously the odds of your employer to accept your request are not in your favor, but you can improve them by making sure that your request makes sense. What do I mean by that? Well, first of all you need to be able to formulate precisely the reasons why you need to become remote. The reasons can vary from the necessity to relocate somewhere else to needing more flexibility to accommodate a chosen lifestyle. Whatever your reasons are make sure that you articulate them clearly. Secondly, it doesn’t hurt to talk to your team to make sure they are comfortable with the idea of having a remote teammate as it will impact them directly.

2/ Become a freelancer

Another obvious possibility is to become a freelancer. In fact of all the strategies this one is the one that has the best chances to succeed.

3/ Browse specialized job boards

There are plenty job boards that specialize in advertising remote jobs, for example https://weworkremotely.com/. I will let you Google the other job boards in your favorite language and in your favorite area.

4/ Keep an eye on Stack Overflow

If you use Stack Overflow you will sometimes come across a job ad with a remote tag, for example:

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The nice thing about these ads is that they are targeted according to your favorite languages and stack (here Android for me).

5/ Work for open source

Or for a company that supports one or many open source projects thereof.

Note also that the more proficient you are in your job, higher are the chances for you to find a remote job. This is true because if you are great then your current or future employer will likely accept to let you work remotely for fear of losing you. Same applies for contributing to your community which could help you land a job in open source. What’s the conclusion to this? Being remote is most of the time the result of having a good professional reputation as well as having an opportunity presents itself to you.

Finally, please ensure that this is really what you want to do before considering a remote position. I invite you to read again this blog post and do your research on this topic. Don’t just hear the voice of those who love working remotely or those who benefit directly or indirectly from advertising this lifestyle.  Keep in mind that working remotely is definitely not for everyone. So do yourself a favor and ask yourself a few questions: Am I capable of enduring this lifestyle? How would I feel without checking in to an office everyday? How would I feel if I didn’t have any social interactions at work? On that note, if you think that a coworking space will solve all the issues you can think of, then you are likely wrong :)  Coworking spaces do solve some issues but you will still feel a bit isolated because you will be surrounded by people working on completely different things and you won’t see the same ones everyday.

So the best way, like anything in life really, is to experience with the idea a little before diving into it completely. May be try for a few days and see how it works for you and your team? You can also talk to current or past remote workers and hear their opinions on this topic.

So I am going to close this blog post by telling you that I am indeed open to discuss my own remote experience if you wish  :)

1 Comment
Abdelhamid
16 août 2016 @ 11 h 28 min

Thank you very much Amokran.

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