Many unique benefits come with remote work. No commuting, greater flexibility, more free time, better work-life balance, etc.
There are also more remote working opportunities than ever nowadays.
So, how do you find one?
Here's our guide on finding a remote job in 2022, along with some of the best sites you can use to find the perfect work-from-home job.
Learn the Lingo
Before diving headfirst into your remote job search, you'll need to learn the lingo; that is, you need to know all the different ways people refer to "remote work."
As a matter of fact, there are dozens.
Otherwise, you may miss out on some fantastic job listings simply because it was using unfamiliar terminology.
For example, the most common terms you'll see that all refer to remote work include:
- Work-from-Home: This is an easy one, of course.
- Virtual Job/Role/Position: All the work required is completed "virtually." That is, remotely.
- Agile Workforce: This is a strategy that mixes various work arrangements, such as full-time, part-time, contract work, and remote work. It essentially means that the company is very flexible regarding its workforce.
- Distributed Workforce: Upon first glance, this phrase doesn't appear to refer to remote work. However, it refers to the fact that the workforce is "distributed" across timezones and locations. That is, everyone is working remotely.
- Telecommuting: This is the old-school way of saying remote work.
So, stay on the lookout for these and other terms that ultimately refer to the same thing when looking for remote jobs.
How to Find a Remote Job
How and where do you find remote jobs in 2022?
Nowadays, you can use dozens of job boards online to find all sorts of jobs, including remote ones, in virtually every industry.
However, you may have an easier time and get better results using job boards specific to remote positions.
There are dozens of these remote job sites that make it incredibly easy to find great work-from-home jobs.
Here are some of our favorites:
Of all the remote job boards out there, FlexJobs is one of the biggest.
If you're looking for a remote job in 2022, we recommend you start your search here.
FlexJobs is popular with companies, so job listings are frequently updated, and it doesn't usually take long to hear back from recruiters.
You can find anything from full-time, part-time, or freelancing jobs on FlexJobs.
And, as the site's name suggests, the only job listings you'll see are remote positions.
Also, dozens of free career planning and interview prep resources are available on the site.
Nevertheless, it does require a monthly subscription to access the job boards on FlexJobs. Currently, it costs $20.95 per month.
Hired is a great job board for candidates looking for tech or sales jobs.
While it isn't limited only to remote positions like some other sites on our list, it's still possible to find plenty of open work-from-home positions.
Hired is unique in that candidates and hiring managers build detailed profiles that can be used to match job seekers with jobs that fit them best.
The cool thing is that, unlike most other job boards, you, as the candidate, don't need to apply to jobs. Instead, the companies hiring are matched with candidates fitting their open positions and request an interview from you.
So, you can just sit back, relax, and wait for the remote job interviews to roll in.
Next up is JustRemote.
This is another hugely popular remote job board, with hundreds of positions posted every month.
While some remote job boards are limited to specific tech jobs, you can find work-from-home gigs on JustRemote for many different roles, such as design, development, writing, customer service, business, marketing, HR, project management, sales, SEO, social media and others.
JustRemote also features its Power Search tool, designed to track down those remote job listings that are not highly advertised.
Another significant and often overlooked source of remote job listings is AngelList.
In fact, Exponent itself has used AngelList to recruit new staff, including yours truly.
Typically, the jobs on AngelList will be limited to tech startups. Still, there are dozens of different remote positions on the site's job board, and new listings are frequently added.
This is because it doesn't cost anything for these companies to advertise jobs here. Many startups like to use AngelList in lieu of a job board like Indeed (which isn't free).
Truth be told, whenever someone asks me how to find a remote job like the one I have with Exponent, I tell them to check out AngelList.
Hubstaff Talent is the remote job board hosted by Hubspot, the marketing software company (which happens to a mostly remote workforce).
Using Hubstaff Talent, you can find all sorts of remote positions, including full-time, part-time, or freelance jobs.
In particular, if you are looking to find some high-quality freelance work, we recommend Hubstaff Talent.
Work-from-home jobs are available for various roles such as web and software development, sales, customer service, marketing, and more.
Pangian is a unique addition to our list because it serves as an online community of remote workers and a job board for work-from-home jobs.
Truth be told, this community can be just as effective at finding and getting a remote job as the job board itself.
Even so, the Pangian job board is nothing to scoff at. Currently, over 300 hundred different jobs have advertised tens of thousands of remote positions on Pangian, and that number is growing every day.
The Pangian community is very close-knit, and you can find a lot of value if you spend some time within the chat forums on the site. You can connect with remote workers from over 100 countries and exchange remote work tips and advice.
Finally, the last job board on our list is Working Nomads.
As you can imagine, this site is operated by a pair of digital nomads, Peter Marcely and Marie Uherková.
However, Working Nomads works just like any other remote job board.
The site isn't limited to any one industry or work-from-home job. You can find open positions for anything from design, sales, finance, education, legal, and system administration, among many others.
Nevertheless, the majority of listings you'll find do happen to be in web and software development.
A Warning on Remote "Gig" Sites
Chances are, if you're actively looking for remote job opportunities, that's what you're after - a job.
We must caution you about using remote gig and freelancing platforms such as Upwork, Fiverr, or Freelancer.
Typically, the gigs you'll find on these sites tend to be highly precarious. That is to say, poorly paid, insecure, and temporary. Not only that, but the structure of these remote job sites, which involves freelancers outbidding one another for the gigs posted, usually creates a vicious race to the bottom, which ultimately ensures that, even if you do win bids, they'll never be that high paying.
Sure, you can undoubtedly find remote jobs on these sites, but you'd be better served by looking on job boards like the ones we listed in this article.
How to Apply to Remote Jobs
After you've found some remote jobs on these job boards that interest you, you'll need to apply!
But is the application process different when it comes to working from home?
Not really, to be honest.
The only difference is that you'll need to highlight the skills and experience demonstrating that you'll be an effective remote worker.
For example, time management, self-motivation, and strong communication skills are paramount for any remote job, so these skills will need to be emphasized in your application.
Sell Your Remote Work Skills
In addition to the skills necessary for remote jobs, remote employees require many other skills for success in the role.
As we mentioned, some of the most important are communication, time management, and self-discipline.
So, when applying for remote jobs, you'll need to sell these skills more than you otherwise would.
Needless to say, you should always mention in your cover letter and resume if you have any experience with working from home.
However, even if you haven't worked remotely before, you can still highlight relevant skills that'll demonstrate your potential as a remote worker.
For example, you can highlight times when you completed projects on time with minimal oversight.
Self-directed personal projects also demonstrate many of the skills necessary for remote work. So, if you have some under your belt, highlight them in your resume and cover letter.
How to Ace Interviews for Remote Jobs
In many ways, the interview prep required for remote jobs is virtually the same as any other job.
The remote work interview only really differs in terms of its format. That is, (as you can probably already guess), these interviews will occur remotely.
For some candidates, especially if you're not used to it, interviews over Zoom, for example, can feel a little awkward. Although, this may be less true nowadays, as many companies were conducting their interviews during the COVID-19 pandemic remotely.
Be sure that you're home office, if you have one, looks clean and tidy from the perspective of your webcam.
Also, be sure to dress professionally on the day of your interview. While you won't be leaving the house, that doesn't mean this isn't an actual interview.
Showing up to your Zoom call in pajamas or casual wear may come across as unprofessional or even disrespectful to your interviewer.
You should also practice answering interview questions over a video call.
Unlike an in-person meeting, video interviews tend to be a little awkward.
One of the best ways to practice is through mock interviews.
Check out Exponent's peer-to-peer mock interview platform to get started today.
Remote Work Interview Questions
Remote interviews will likely consist of relatively standard interview questions.
You'll likely be asked questions such as:
- What is your favorite product and why?
- Tell me about a time you handled a difficult stakeholder.
- Tell me about a time you solved a complex problem.
However, be prepared to answer some remote work-specific interview questions as well.
For example, recruiters and hiring managers may ask you:
- Why do you want to work from home?
- How do you stay motivated and productive while working remotely?
- Do you have a home office?
And other similar questions.
Ace Your Remote Interviews With Exponent
If you want to get excellent remote jobs, you'll need to ace your interviews first.
We know, better than anyone, that interviewing at some of today's top tech companies can be a nerve-wracking and challenging experience, even for highly experienced candidates.
But you're in the right place!
Here at Exponent, you can join the hundreds of thousands of job-seekers who have prepped for their upcoming interviews with dozens of our resources.
Be sure to:
💬 Study up on example interview questions
📖 Read through our company-specific interview guides
👯♂️ Practice your interviewing skills with our peer-to-peer mock interview practice tool.
👨🎓 Take one of our complete interview courses