Updated: Jul 20, 2020
Most of the world has worked from home these last few months, and some don't want to go back to the office. We'd miss the flexibility and the home lunches. We'd even miss Zoom. (Kinda.) It's no wonder, then, that so many people are looking for remote jobs online. But where do you find the best ones? Forget about Monster and ZipRecruiter. It's all about LinkedIn right now. With nearly 700 million users in more than 200 countries, this is one of the best places to discover remote positions online.
With more than 20 million available jobs at any one time — that's a job for every person in the states of South Carolina, Minnesota, Colorado, and Oklahoma combined — there are loads of remote positions on LinkedIn. The problem is, LinkedIn mixes all the remote job vacancies with the other vacancies on its job boards, which makes the process complicated.
It's like finding a needle in a haystack.
You could use the search feature. (It's at the top of the page.) Here, you can filter jobs by using keywords like "remote," "home," "digital," and "virtual." But this can be a long and difficult process.
You need to dig a little deeper.
Join a group
LinkedIn groups are like private communities made up of influencers and other professionals who can help you network, communicate, and, most importantly, find lucrative remote jobs.
If you're looking for remote work on LinkedIn, join these groups:
FlexJobs — With more than 20,000 members, FlexJobs bursts to the brim with remote work opportunities and resources.
Independent Contractor Alliance — A private group for contractors around the world looking for the best career opportunities online.
Freelance Professional Group — A LinkedIn group for remote creatives, such as web designers, photographers, and animators, who want to network with like-minded professionals.
Wait for someone to contact you.
You could sit back and do nothing. The great thing about LinkedIn is that it's not just full of people looking for jobs but also people who are advertising jobs. Recruiters might contact you directly about a remote job. You might bypass the application process entirely. This means no forms to fill in, and no interview.
Of course, you have to make recruiters want to contact you in the first place. Do this by filling out your LinkedIn profile with your skills, experience, and previous jobs. When recruiters search the platform, they might come across your profile. If it says the right thing, expect a private message.
Here's how to build a better LinkedIn profile for remote jobs:
Add a background pic.
Choose an appropriate profile pic.
Include the word "remote work" in your profile title.
Showcase the services you offer.
Highlight your skills as a remote worker — self-discipline, flexible schedule, excellent communication, etc.
Describe previous remote roles (if any).
Use buzz words in your profile to attract recruiters. Things like "remote work," "virtual work," and "work from home."
Word of warning: Don't fall for common LinkedIn scams. If someone contacts you out of the blue, never reveal your personal information until you verify the person's identity. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
LinkedIn is one of the best online platforms to find remote work. Follow the tips above, get a remote job, and stay at home for a little longer!