Remote Jobs: The Two Job-Seeking Strategies
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Remote Jobs: The Two Job-Seeking Strategies

Learn about the two best job-seeking strategies for remote jobs - Hunting and Farming.
the two job seeking strategies for remote jobs
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The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the job market, helping us witness a surge in remote work opportunities. The pandemic accelerated this trend, with many companies forced to transition to remote work to ensure business continuity.

Key Takeaways:

  • Hunting job seeking means actively searching for job opportunities yourself to hit your immediate career goals.
  • Farming job seeking means building healthy networks and relationships that will come to you with job opportunities in the future.
  • Invest in "farming" when you are NOT actively looking for a job because someday you will be.

As businesses have only benefitted from this change, remote work is becoming more of a permanent solution rather than a temporary one. This has led to significant changes in the job market, with an increased demand for remote workers across all industries.

Understanding the Two Job Seeking Strategies

Finding a remote job is ultimately a sales activity. You're selling yourself!!

As in any sales process, there are two methods:

  1. Hunting.
  2. Farming.

1. Hunting Job Seeking

hunting means actively applying to open remote job opportunities
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"Hunting" job seeking activities aim to target existing opportunities that do NOT require previous engagement.

Some hunting activities are:

  • Applying to job openings.
  • Sending cold DMs to CTOs and recruiters.
  • Sending cold applications to companies' HR.

This hunting type of job seeking is good when you need a job and didn't nurture any farming activities before. That means hunting is more of a transactional strategy for your immediate job seeking goals.

Essentially, you can go for hunting job seeking if you:

  • Have just graduated.
  • Got laid off.
  • Feel you're about to get laid off.
  • Have any other reason that rushes you into finding a new job.

2. Farming Job Seeking

farming means networking and building relationships so that remote job opportunities come to you
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On the other hand, "Farming" job seeking activities aim to build network and reputation.

These activities don't optimize for getting a job immediately. Instead, they aim to build up momentum over time so that opportunities come to you. It’s a relationship-based strategy for your bigger, long-term career goals.

Some farming activities are:

  • Creating relationships with recruiters.
  • Writing in public.
  • Contributing to open-source software.
  • Speaking at events/meetups.
  • Engaging with prospects (CTOs, recruiters, etc) at events, Twitter, etc.

You should always invest some time in these farming activities. Especially when you are not in a rush to find a job (otherwise, you'll be hunting!).

Farming will get you:

  • Inbound opportunities (after a while).
  • Higher negotiation power.
  • Higher conversion when you do hunting.

In the early days of my career, I found most of my jobs through hunting activities. I didn't know better, and I've always been relentless with applications and interviews until I got the job.

However, I discovered that farming is way smarter, even if it doesn't produce immediate results.

Here are two examples:

  1. A few years ago, I started creating relationships with recruiters who work with startups to find CTOs. They'll email me every time they have a new role and ask if I'm interested because they are paid only when they get the right candidate. I decide if I want to interview.
  2. Since I write actively on Twitter, I get people messaging me with all sorts of opportunities. There's a lot of noise, and most things aren't so relevant. But the fact is that I got a few consulting clients and a couple of job offers through Twitter. I've been increasing my rates because of this.

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