Last week I told you about my recent survey, where I learned very interesting facts about the people reading my newsletter, and who want to learn more about landing a remote job.
I did this survey ahead of launching the Remote Jobs Braintrust, my new course + community that I'll launch this month of October.
Today, I'm telling you about the 6 stages of landing a remote job. In fact, each of my new course's live sessions will cover one of these stages:
1/ Identify your target role
Learn how to identify the job titles that best suit your skills and experience. You'll also learn important conclusions to draw from job descriptions.
Ask yourself these questions:
• What skills do I have?
• What do I have experience doing?
• What story can I tell about my past work?
• What companies will that story resonate with?
• What technical tests can I actually succeed at?
Ultimately, you'll understand how to prioritise and focus your efforts when applying and interviewing for a remote job.
2/ Pitch your skills and experience
Learn how to create a story that showcases your skills and experience to potential employers in a compelling way.
Saying "Uh, I've been a software engineer for 3 years" is so empty. I know it's quite a standard, but you can do much better to convey important information and build a connection.
3/ Make job opportunities come to you
Learn how to generate inbound demand for your skills and experience.
You'll start with Linkedin, of course. But we'll cover several other ways you can get seen by recruiters and hiring managers who are hiring role that require your skills/experience.
4/ How to apply to remote jobs
Learn where to find remote job openings. The job boards to use, and the ones to avoid. and how to effectively search for opportunities online.
Applying to remote jobs is a tight funnel, with thousands of people around the world competing for the same opportunities.
Don't limit yourself to applying to the job. Go around to the hiring manager and reach out on Linkedin. Drop an email. Make yourself seen, and you'll increase your odds.
5/ Remote interview best practices
It's table stakes to have a good internet connection, a camera that allows your interviewer to see you, and a microphone that allows your interviewer to hear you.
Still, you'd be surprised by how many people I get in interviews who fail on these basic things. It's an instant bad first impression.
Interviews are simple, all questions you're asked are asking either of these 3 things:
• "Is your experience relevant to this role?"
• "Do you fit the most important requirements?"
• "Have you worked in a company like ours before?"
You need to craft your story, and answer these 3 questions in a convincing manner.
6/ Contracts types and Salary dynamics
Once you nail the interview, you'll hopefully be offered the job. But in remote work, that can take many forms as it comes to discuss contract types, salary, etc.
The first remote job is when many people start working as contractors for the first time, which can be daunting.
It's also known that many companies tend to lowball candidates living in countries with a low cost of living, compared to candidates who live in the US or Europe.
We'll go through all these topics in the Remote Jobs Braintrust. Each live session will be lectured by myself, and it's going to take around 1 hour, including space for Q&A.
I'll send the link to enrol via email next Tuesday, exclusively for those in the waitlist. I look forward to getting this great course and community started, and I hope to see you there.
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See you next Friday,
Startup CTO & Remote Work Lover