Question from Instagram: "How do I find a remote job with an American company? How do I convince them to allow me to work remotely anywhere in the world?
This is a pretty common question that I receive and if you’ve listened to my episode on the podcast, you learned about how I got abroad and how I continually “flipped” opportunities into remote jobs abroad. My situation was different than how this question is typically posed because I didn’t work or seek to work for a company and then negotiate with them to work remotely. I already lived abroad and networked my way into a full-time job with an American company based in D.C.
So, my advice is simple: Network
Before you roll your eyes at me, hear me out!
Networking is simply building relationships, that’s it, that’s all. Don’t make it deeper than it is!
People who are great at networking establish themselves as a resource to others. Thereby demonstrating their expertise and skills, but also continuously building relationships.
Networking may not land you a job, but it may put you in a position to pitch yourself as a solution to some company’s problem (with the stipulation that you work remotely).
So what are your first steps?
Figure out what you want to do or at the very least make a detailed list of all of your marketable skills. Don’t tell me (or anyone else for that matter), that you’ll “do anything, anywhere.” That’s not true and that doesn’t help anyone who’s rooting for you to actually assist you. It won’t make them think of someone specific within their network you should link up with and it doesn’t narrow the field of your own search. You will burn yourself out being so abstract. Remember specificity reigns supreme! Narrow it down even if it’s just to get informational interviews or as a starting point for you to gather data to see if you really want to go down a particular marketable skill “route”.
Develop a profile, reputation, and/or professional brand that aligns with what you want to be hired to do. Showcase your skills and expertise. Showcase your ability to work remotely/independently within deadlines and/or across time zones.
Then tell people! Go through your network and see who is working in that field or country or company. Identify companies that you’d be interested in working with and identify how they recruit (outside recruiting agency or internal HR) and introduce yourself. This way your efforts will most lifely yield more and better quality results and opportunities. I also recommend listening to the How to Get a Job Abroad episode of the podcast and watching the AMAZING video I did with Itiah Thomas about taking your career abroad!
Have any more questions? Have some insight to share? Drop your comments below and let’s continue the conversation.
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