There’s a right way and a wrong way to fulfill your dream of working from home. The wrong way is to interview for a job, get the job and then inquire if you can work remotely. The former approach doesn’t really paint you in the best light as a brand-new employee—and, the fact is that your new job may not be suitable for remote work. The right way to find a remote IT job is to search for a position that is appropriate—or maybe even designed—for a remote employee. And, the best way to find that pot of gold is to target your job search to websites that specialize in remote work.
Just a few months ago, LinkedIn made it easier for job seekers to search remote positions—and it’s really very easy. All you have to do is change your preferred location from your current city to “remote jobs.” Just by making that small change, your LinkedIn news feed will start filling up with jobs that the poster has categorized as entirely remote. On the flip side, you can also update your Career Preferences to show recruiters that you are open to remote positions.
If you’ve ever searched for a “work-from-home” job on a job board before, you know that everything from telemarketing, to multi-level marketing, to just too-good-to-be-true business opportunities can pop up. FlexJobs differentiates itself by claiming to be able to sort through all that noise and uncover the actual, good job opportunities. You can search up to 50 career categories—including “computer & IT jobs.” Access to FlexJobs starts at $14.95 per month or $49.95 per year.
We Work Remotely is the largest community on the web (with over 2,500,000 monthly visitors) to find jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a specific location. The best part about this site for IT pros is the specific categories you can search. Narrow your search by the following categories: devops and sysadmin, programming, customer support, sales and marketing, product or management. You can also very easily select a category and input your email address to have relevant jobs sent directly to your inbox.
A partner of FlexJobs.com, Remote.co is a free platform that allows job seekers to narrow their search to either “developer” or “IT” jobs. Developer jobs can range from front end programming to back end engineering and the more general IT category features jobs like system administrators and data scientists. Remote.co also generates a technology-specific weekly newsletter that highlights the newest and hottest job opportunities.
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