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July 6, 2020

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Chris Bone

It’s a challenging time to be on the job hunt, but companies always need good tech talent. With the right strategy and plan, you can land your perfect remote developer job.

 

 

Even before working in an office came with the risk of a contagious virus, working remotely offered its share of benefits. Working in your own space, in your own way, can make it easier to get into the right flow. And skipping the commute is always a plus. That explains why over a third of developers in a recent Stack Overflow survey listed remote work options as one of the top things they look for in a job. 

For developers, commuting into an office isn’t necessary to do good work. Yet some businesses still expect developers to work onsite. To enjoy the benefits of a remote job, you have to find the right one first. And while tech jobs haven’t been hit as hard by the pandemic as other parts of the UK economy, TechCrunch still reports a 31% drop in hiring activity. 

It’s a challenging time to be on the job hunt, but companies always need good tech talent. With the right strategy and plan, you can land your perfect remote developer job. 

1. Research Yourself.

The job market may be competitive right now, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get to have your own preferences and standards. To give your job search some focus, start by figuring out what your ideal job looks like. 

What are the most important factors that determine how happy you are in a job? Is it a workplace culture that’s a good fit? Working in an industry you care about? Having enough flexibility for work-life balance? Or the basics: a big salary and decent benefits? 

With so many different job search strategies out there, the process can get overwhelming fast. Finding clarity in what you want in a job will help you narrow your search plans and focus on the steps most likely to lead you to a remote developer job you’ll truly love. 

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2. Get a focussed strategy.

Taking a scattershot approach to looking for a job is inefficient at best, and ineffective at worst. So bring organisation and strategy to your process by creating a plan. Consider which job search tactics and strategies are most likely to lead you to that dream job you visualised in step one. Make sure they get priority treatment in the plan you create.

Then turn the list of steps to include in your search into clear action items. Attach a deadline to each one to incentivise you to get it done, and help you create a timeline for action. 

 

3. Refine your application process.

Here’s where gaining clarity can really help with efficiency. If you’re treating your job search as a numbers game and trying to send out dozens of applications a week, the cut-and-paste job each hiring manager receives is unlikely to stand out. But if you’re prioritising the jobs you really want, you can give more time to getting each application right. 

To get noticed and show them you care about getting this job specifically (as opposed to just any job), put some real effort into tailoring each application based on what you know about the company. It shows them you did your research and value them enough to do that extra work. 

 

4. Tap into your network.

LinkedIn research found that 70% of people on the platform get hired at companies where they already have a connection. Who you know matters. So tap into the network you already have. Let people know you’re looking for new opportunities. Reconnect with old colleagues from school, university and past positions. You may be surprised how willing colleagues are to send referrals and recommendations when they know what you’re looking for—especially if they can trust you’ll do the same for them when the time comes.  

5. Keep building your network.

Don’t stop at the network you already have. Keep networking to meet new contacts. Join relevant networking groups, and attend online events. Identify people in the industries you want to work in, and invite them to a virtual coffee. Come prepared with questions that are more about getting to know them than what they can do for you. If you come off as pushy or self-serving, they’re less likely to help. But if you build a real connection, they’ll naturally think of you when they come across a relevant opportunity. 

 

6. Identify businesses you want to work for.

When you apply for jobs you see advertised on the usual job sites, you can bet a lot of other applicants are doing the same. But if you switch the process and proactively seek out companies you want to work for, you may find opportunities that aren’t as widely publicised. 

Some businesses gain a reputation for being great places to work. Often by going straight to the source, you’ll find opportunities that are better than those on the job sites, but aren’t as competitive in terms of applicant numbers.

7. Select the best places to focus your search.

Job ad sites are everywhere. With so many out there, you could easily spend hours each week poring over listings and sifting through the irrelevant ads to find the few that are worth considering. But that’s not the best use of your time.

Figure out which sites or apps do the best job of providing you with ads that match what you’re looking for. That means platforms that make it easy to filter positions based on those that are for developers, that are remote, and that match your other priorities. With your criteria in hand, figure out which sites aren’t worth your time at all, and which should be moved lower on your priority list. 

Focus your time on those that do the best job of efficiently showing you the ads that match your dream job or come close to it. 

 

Bonus Tip: Get remote tech job offers to come to you.

Sound implausible? It doesn’t have to be. Many of the best companies to work for would rather proactively seek out the right candidates than deal with the huge stack of applications they get from posting a job ad. If you can figure out the right way to be found, you could get job offers coming straight to you.

With the Haystack app, you can supply all the details of what you want in a job, and employers with relevant opportunities will apply to you. You can quickly see a list of all the remote job opportunities that match your criteria, and apply through the app for any you want. And if you’ve identified companies you’d like to work for, you can join their Talent Pool, so you’ll be on their radar the moment a perfect job opens up. 

Your job is one of the biggest factors in quality of life. You don’t have to settle, and you shouldn’t. A smart strategy and the right tools will help you find a job that’s the right fit for you.

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