A beach in Bora Bora. On a train ride through the Swiss Alps. There’s something idyllic about being able to ditch office life and travel the world—and work, too. Thankfully, you can marry your wanderlust with your need to earn a living, thanks to flexible work.
But before you pack up your manila folders and give your two weeks' notice, it’s important to note that not all remote work can be done from anywhere. In fact, while there is a rise in work-at-home jobs, many companies do require remote employees to be location-specific. Case in point: the vast majority of work-from-home jobs that we see at FlexJobs (95 percent, to be specific) do require some location. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a remote job that will allow you to travel to the ends of the earth—and get your work done, too. Here’s how to find a remote job that really lets you work from anywhere.
Use niche job boards.
It can be tricky to find a remote job that affords you the opportunity to work from anyplace your heart desires. That’s not a reason to give up your dream of living—and working—abroad. Thing is, if you conduct a traditional job search using regular job boards, you might find that your search will take a whole lot longer than needed. That’s why using niche job boards focusing ontelecommuting jobs that can be done from anywhere can help expedite your search.
Target specific companies.
Let’s say that you have your heart set on working for one specific company, but it hasn’t posted any jobs that would allow you to work anywhere on the globe. That shouldn’t stop you from reaching out to the company directly to see if it plans to offer any positions in the future. Another option is to do some due diligence and find companies that are 100 percent remote and wouldn’t mind it if you decided to work in Bali one day and Bermuda the next.
Consider a career change.
While many jobs can be done completely or partially from home, there are some jobs that simply must be done in an office. If you find that you’re in one of those office-bound fields, but have your heart set on working flexibly and with total freedom, it might be time to consider a career change. Do some research to discover which industries are made for remote work (e.g., administrative, customer service, health and medical, to name a few), and look for jobs within those fields that align with your education, work experience, and more importantly, your interests. After all, even working in the most beautiful locations in the world (or just from the comfort of your home office) won’t make it better if you absolutely abhor your job. So look for something that you’d like to do and is also flex-friendly.
Spruce up your skills.
If you’ve been at your job search for a while, you may have come across remote jobs that would allow you to work anywhere in the world. Thing is, you might not have the skills and/or education necessary to apply for them. If remote work is really what you’re after, make the investment in your career by furthering your education or adding some new skills and certifications to your resume. It will help position you as a top-tier job candidate and hopefully land you the remote job of your dreams!
Being able to live and work from anywhere is no longer a far-fetched idea. Simply look for jobs that allow you to be a digital nomad, and you can find work that fits in with your life, not the other way around.
Jennifer Parris is a Career Writer for FlexJobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that offer work flexibility, such astelecommuting, freelance, part-time or alternative schedules. To learn more about Jennifer, visit FlexJobs.com or tweet @flexjobs.
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