Hello stranger, and welcome to FindaRemoteJob.com! I'm a remote worker, a marketing consultant, and a remote talent recruiter based in Northern California's redwood coast. For those of you unfamiliar with how large California actually is, I'm on the northwestern tip of the state (in Eureka, CA) which puts me 6 hours north of San Francisco by car and 8 hours south of Portland, Oregon. Except for trees, there's really very little in between in either direction...that's pretty remote.
Although remote working is becoming increasingly popular around the world, there's still a lack of resources available to help people work successfully outside of traditional office buildings. According to State of Remote Work 2018, nearly half of the U.S. already works remotely part time. That throws very different types of workers together under the same "remote umbrella" including part-time freelancers, traveling digital nomads, full-time tech employees working from home, you get the picture. Despite this surprisingly large number of people already working remotely in one way or another, LinkedIn finally decided to make "remote" an option in their job search system in late 2018. Until that time, a job searcher on LinkedIn (and most everywhere else) would be presented with positions listed in the town of "Remote, Oregon". Even worse, job descriptions declaring that "remote candidates need not apply" were the only postings that were seen because...well...you already know where I'm going with this.
So, now for the obvious question. Why launch FindaRemoteJob.com after the world's largest professional portal (owned by Microsoft no less) has thrown it's hat in the ring? The answer, finding a job posting is the easy part. A job that can be accomplished from anywhere in the world can also accept applicants from anywhere in the world. You may not have thought about remote working from an employer's point-of-view, but "work anywhere" jobs have a global pool of talent to choose from...a real game-changer if your business is in a remote location, or if you're in need of specialized talent.
For those hired to work their first remote position, there's a lot to figure out. It can be a lonely and sometimes frustrating experience for some, and this is particularly true if you are technologically challenged. There's nowhere to go if your wifi stops working, and don't get me started with Skype issues. I should also note that many businesses out there simply aren't set-up to support remote workers yet. The tools used by distributed teams can make or break a project, not to mention a new remote hire.
So what does all this have to do with this FindaRemoteJob.com? The microsite and associated social feeds will be a 'brain dump' of sorts, offering tested resources and covering lessons learned from 20+ years managing distributed teams, hiring remote workers, and working remotely in multiple industries. I certainly don't have all the answers, but I do have a unique vantage point and I just might save you a lot of time. Speaking of time, I purchased this url MANY years ago which makes the website (and this post) long overdue. Better late than never, right?
See you online!