How to Find Remote Work

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There are lots of reasons that remote work appeals to the modern worker. For some people, for example, it represents an opportunity to spend more time at home with their children. For others, it's a chance to pursue professional opportunities with employers far from home. And for still others, it's a way to save time, money and sanity by eliminating the vestiges of traditional work, like professional dress and commuting.

Whatever the reason, however, there's at least one thing that's universally true about remote work: Although remote jobs in some industries are plentiful, finding a remote position typically isn't as easy as wanting one.

In a recent post on the blog of job search website Glassdoor, author Kanika Tolver shares her formula for finding a remote job, which she created during her own recent job search.

It starts, Tolver says, with knowing which search terms to use on job-search sites. "As I searched for a remote job, I discovered many companies use different terms to describe remote working," she explains. "I took note of this and began to use all of the following terms in my searches: remote, work from home, virtual, telecommute and partial remote. When you search by these keywords individually, you'll find all types of positions that may fall under the remote work umbrella -- much more than if you were to just search one term. Most of the time, only one of these keywords will appear in the job title."

Next, eliminate search constraints like geography. "By default, most job sites use your location to narrow down the available jobs by your city, state and/or ZIP code," Tolver continues. "When you search for remote jobs, you should double check to make sure that this field is either blank or changed to 'Remote.' This way, you'll widen your search criteria and receive more relevant results. After all, most companies won't require you to live in the same state or country as the company's headquarters."

When you know what to search for, and where to search for it, finding a remote job becomes infinitely easier.

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