How To Find Work In The Remote Economy

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Remote work has been increasing in popularity for years now, but the COVID-19 crisis has definitely put the trend into high-gear


The Growth Of Remote Work


  • Before the pandemic, 5.3% of employees worked from home full time
    • 29% of workers had the option to work at home part-time
    • Experts estimated that 70% of the workforce would work remotely* by 2025
  • Today, up to 50% of Americans, or 70 million people, could be working remotely during the COVID-19 crisis
  • What’s Driving Remote Work?
    • Economics: The Great Recession (2008) forced many US companies to downsize office space and encourage employees to work from home
    • Technology: Advancements in technology, such as:
      • Messaging apps like Slack
      • Video conferencing platforms like Zoom
      • Project management apps like Asana
    • Convenience: Eliminating commute time, freeing employees to live in areas with a lower cost of living, and growing of the successes of remote businesses


There’s a reason remote work is here to stay — the benefits are measurable and undeniable


Why Remote Work?

  • Remote Workers Love Their Jobs
      • 99% of those who work from home would like to continue working remotely, at least part of the time, for the rest of their careers
        • 95% would recommend it to others
      • Benefits For Employees
        • Fewer distractions: less office drama, improved concentration, less stress
        • Greater flexibility: work from anywhere, spend more time with family, no wasted commuting time
        • Saving money and other financial reasons


  • Savings For Remote Workers
        • $4,000 – Average annual savings
          • $500 – $1,500: Dry cleaning and laundering
          • $1,040: Lunches and coffee
          • $686: Gas for commuting
          • $767: Car maintenance
        • At least $2,000 in savings for working remotely two or three days per week


  • Benefits For Businesses
    • Increased productivity: 
      • A Harvard Business Review study of US Patent and Trade Office workers found that output increased by 4.4% after the transition to remote work
    • Increased employee satisfaction
      • Remote workers are 29% happier than on-site workers
    • Decreased attrition rate
      • 55% of remote workers would be likely to look for another job if they were no longer allowed to work remotely
    • Greater competitiveness in attracting talent
      • 80% of US workers would turn down a job that didn’t offer flexible working
    • Improved employee health
      • 50% of remote employees say working from home reduced their sick days
    • Improved attendance
      • 56% of employees say remote work helps reduce their absences


Certain fields and companies are attracting a sizeable share of remote workers with lucrative job opportunities


Remote Work Opportunities in 2020

  • Top Fields Offering Remote Jobs
      • Medical/Health
      • Computer/IT
      • Customer Service
      • Education/Training
      • Sales
      • Accounting/Finance


  • Popular Remote Jobs


  • Online ESL Teacher
  • Investigation Specialist
  • Lead Oncology Pharmacist
  • Internal Business Development
  • Accountant
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Project Manager
  • Nurse
  • Writer


  • Fastest-Growing Remote Career Categories


    • Art and creative
    • Bookkeeping
    • K-12 Education
    • Graphic Design
    • Translation


  • 10 Large Companies Offering Remote Jobs


    • Kaplan
    • Humana
    • Dell
    • American Express
    • CVS Health
    • Lionbridge
    • Williams-Sonoma
    • Aetna
    • Robert Half International
    • Amazon


Google, Amazon, and Facebook recruiters have announced a shift to online job interviews, which will test job candidates’ digital interview skills


Finding a New Beginning in Remote Work


  • 5 Tips for Landing a Remote Job


      • Test your tech tools
        • Make sure you have a strong Internet connection and the video conferencing program is properly set up
      • Dress the part
        • Dress as you would for an in-person interview and make sure your surroundings are tidy.
      • Do your homework
        • Research the company and rehearse your responses
      • Be personable
        • Don’t let a screen keep you from being yourself and fully showing your enthusiasm for the role
      • Remove distractions
        • Put your smartphone on silent and keep kids and pets away 


  • Where to Begin The Job Search


  • Build Your Resumé
    •  Put the most relevant experiences first
    •  Include keywords related to the field of your interest
    •  Keep details short and sweet ― a resumé should be easy to skim
  • Check Your Social Media
    •  Don’t forget your online reputation – 70% of employers research applicants’ social presences
    • Avoid posting anything illegal, discriminatory, or inappropriate
    •  Consider creating separate business and personal profiles 
  • Find Your Dream Job: Nine2Five Job Search
    • Get help with interview preparation, cover letters, and resumé writing
    • Create and edit a video resume to set yourself apart
    • Search 1.5 million job listings from multiple sites — all in one place
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Though the onsite worker’s commute has been temporarily put on hold, remote workers continue to enjoy their commute — by walking down the hall

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