Right now due to COVID-19, the remote work market is getting a lot of attention. Businesses who were once operating from a fixed location have had to adapt their working methods to reflect social distancing.
Are you somebody who has switched to remote work? We take a look at the differences in the job market so you can make an informed decision on whether the remote working world is right for you.
How do I find remote work?
Normal job market – Those looking for long-term contract work based in a fixed location are most likely to use platforms like LinkedIn. But also job sites such as Indeed, Reed and Glassdoor to find open roles. These sites will direct you to the company website where you will be required to fill out an application. You’ll also have to upload your resume and cover letter or liase with a recruiter whose responsibility is finding a suitable applicant for the role.
If you have a particular company in mind you wish to apply for, some companies directly list their vacancies on their site. Likewise, if you work for a company where other roles become available you have a good chance of applying as an internal applicant.
Remote job market – Things are a little different for the remote job market. Although remote jobs are available on LinkedIn, you are more likely to find something suitable on platforms dedicated to remote work. They include remote.co, Weworkremotely and Angelist. There is also more flexibility on job type. Freelance work, a temporary contract, a part time role – a remote role can really work.
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If you are new to remote work, it is always good to get a bit of remote experience under your belt before applying. This helps prove to a potential employer that you posses the skillset needed to thrive in a remote working environment.
Facebook is a great place for this. Search ‘remote work’ in groups and several that dedicated to remote opportunities will appear. It is a good idea to join some of these as potential employers will use these to advertise roles.
What is my working set up and what do I need?
Normal job market – Some jobs are becoming more adaptable to working remotely – especially at the moment. But many jobs will still require you to be office based – at least some of the time. This means you will need to live somewhere within commuting distance to the office and will be required to work within normal working hours.
You will most likely be working via the realms of email, telephone calls and having meetings with your onsite team.
Remote job market- The remote job market is way more flexible with this. Some roles will require you to be within a certain time zone – for business needs or if you are working with other members of the team. But many others allow you to work from wherever you want, whenever you want!
The holy grail for remote working to be a success? Internet connection. You need to be somewhere with reliable, fast wi-fi to work efficiently and to be contactable on platforms such as team management systems and Zoom. It is also worth investing in a decent laptop and dedicated workspace – just because you aren’t in an office, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take your set up seriously!
Since you won’t be directly working with a team as you would in an office, communication is really important. Tools like Slack and Trello are great for this, and be sure to set up regular video calls with team members to discuss projects- try Jitsi Meet for this.
What are the pros/cons of the job market?
Normal job market – This question really depends on your own personal preferences. Some people find working in an office more beneficial as they are able to bounce ideas of others, work closely with members of their team and enjoy being in a working environment. Depending on who you work for, you may also be entitled to benefits such as medical care, pension and maternity/paternity leave.
However, it can be more difficult if your life situation changes and you need more flexibility. Say you need to move to a new location or need time of work for a personal reason. Many people also end up leaving this type of work because they are unable to strike an acceptable ‘work/life balance’. They find themselves doing long hours during the working week.
Remote job market- Many people site the freedom and flexibility that comes with remote working as a major benefit. As mentioned earlier, it allows you to live/work wherever you feel like. It also provides greater control over your own working schedule. This makes maintaining a work/life balance much easier. Many people also take the opportunity to travel, or live somewhere different from a major, expensive city.
However, it is extra important to stay both motivated and organised when remote working. This means using tools like G Suite to manage your working schedule and goals to work towards. For those used to being in an office, this can be tricky at first, but is really beneficial once you get into the groove.
Which is best – a normal job or remote work?
Again, this really depends on your personal preference. But we really believe remote working is the way forward. With more freedom and flexibility comes greater motivation to work harder and productivity soars. Twitter have also recently announced that their staff are allowed to go fully remote even once COVID has stabilised. This is because staff performance when remote working has been so great.
What do you think are the main differences between the normal job market and the remote job market? And which do you prefer? We would love to hear from you!