The way in which we work has changed drastically in the last few years, with many companies opting for fully-remote or partially-remote work schedules. Along with these changes has come a new type of online job search engine; enter: the remote job search website. Today we’re going to be giving you our picks of the best remote job search websites, in no particular order, that you can use on your quest to find those sweet, work from home benefits.
Getting the obvious out of the way first, Indeed has thrown its hat into the remote work job search arena. Now, some may say that Indeed isn’t exactly what it used to be, what with all the phony job listings and incessant calls you get from questionable numbers after creating a profile and applying to jobs, but it is still a useful resource for many people.
Indeed is a traditional online job search website. As in, it doesn’t exist solely to cater to the remote work crowd; however, Indeed now features a remote filter when you’re searching for jobs, and you can also simply type in “remote jobs,” “work from home,” or something similar into the search terms field, and you’ll generate thousands of results. Indeed also lets you customize your profile, so you can include that you’re looking for remote work, which may increase your chances of being found by a remote employer.
We Work Remotely
According to its LinkedIn page, We Work Remotely has over 2.5 million people using its platform each month, making it perhaps the largest remote work community as of the present. Unlike Indeed or other similar job search websites, We Work Remotely doesn’t allow you to create a user profile, which can be seen as more simplistic, or streamlined in comparison. Instead, upon applying for a job, you’ll be digitally whisked away to an application page.
We Work Remotely focuses primarily on jobs in customer service, sales and marketing, programming, design, and copywriting, but with thousands of job listings available, you’ll most likely find something that fits. The only downside to We Work Remotely is that unlike Indeed and some of its other peers, the platform doesn’t allow employers to search for candidates, so it’s entirely up to you to find your next job.
If you’re looking for a job in programming or software engineering, Remote OK is perfect, as its primary focus is in those fields. That said, there are still plenty of jobs available in customer service, sales and marketing, or design and other creative fields. If you’re looking for a job that is outside of the tech industry, simply search in the non-tech section of Remote OK’s website.
Another interesting feature is Remote OK’s freelance directory. Like all of Remote OK’s services, it’s free to join and it allows you to create a profile that includes a variety of information such as your photo, location, relevant links to social media or portfolio websites, a short bio about yourself, and your desired salary.
While Jobspresso might not be the juggernaut that websites like Indeed and We Work Remotely are, it more than makes up for it due to one very cool feature: each of its job listings are hand-picked and screened, by a human being, to ensure that the listing is real and is of value. In other words, Jobspresso may not offer many thousands of opportunities, but the ones you’ll find are high quality and won’t give you the old runaround. The best part? This service is free of charge.
Once you’ve created your profile, you can start searching for a variety of remote jobs in industries such as programming, sales and marketing, design, copywriting, product management, and more. With the lower number of job opportunities here, I’d recommend doubling up with another platform such as We Work Remotely to maximize your results.
With more than 50 job categories to choose from, FlexJobs is excellent for your remote job search. It has all the usual categories such as sales and marketing, customer service, data entry, and the like, but there are also more unique categories such as wildlife, and fashion. So, if you’re into designing clothes or hanging out with wild animals and getting paid for it, FlexJobs will work nicely.
There is one notable downside to using FlexJobs’ service – the dreaded subscription. Yes friends, in order to view all the available information on its job listings, FlexJobs requires you to fork over some of your hard-earned cash, so be mindful of that. Subscriptions come in weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual installments, and can cost up to $7 per week depending on which tier you choose. But there is a silver lining to all of this.
FlexJobs is particularly helpful to those who aren’t very experienced, as the platform also offers career coaching services that can help you with your resume and cover letter, as well as other aspects of your job search. The subscription cost also pays for a screening service that is very similar to FlexJobs’, so you can rest easy knowing the jobs you’re applying for are legitimate.
When looking for remote work, I’d recommend using more than one platform at any given time. For most of us, the free platforms are most convenient, but they each have their own downsides. If you’ve got the extra money, a combination of FlexJobs and We Work Remotely or any other free platform is probably the best choice for the simple fact that you’re paying for high quality job listings. In time you’ll learn which listings look legit and which ones don’t, and soon you’ll be working remotely and quite happily.
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Next week, Firsthand will be hosting its second annual Women in STEM Virtual Career Fair. The fair will provide women studying science, technology, engineering, or math or already in STEM roles with the opportunity to meet with employers, find new and exciting jobs, learn career lessons, expand their professional networks, and engage with event sponsors.