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How do you best find remote work options?

Veteran

Chris Ekstrom Davenport, IA

I'm in the IT space and often remote work capabilities could be an option but in searching for jobs I'm finding very few that list this as a possibility, even those that I know would consider it.
How best do I find these positions? Should I just apply and indicate my interest in the cover letter? Try and reach out to HR? This is usually time consuming and often websites don't have HR contacts at the company to ask. Suggestions?
I don't want to waste time applying somewhere I have no interest in moving to.

30 April 2020 4 replies Resumes & Cover Letters

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Advisor

Mary M. Burns Chicago, IL

Hi Chris,
First congratulations and thank you for your service.
For tech professionals, I often encourage checking out Builtin.com.
Builtin.com provides tremendous data, resources and job boards for those interested in various tech. In this site, you'll find a wide, wide range of roles for many small, medium and large size roles. You'll also find great data on key Builtin "hubs" - the key cities in the US where tech is quite prominent; many outside of Silicon Valley.

In addition to the above, my experience coaching professionals across industries and levels is that the majority of work is remote these days. For many companies, they have already made the call to stay that way through the end of 2020. I believe there are a lot of options for you.

I'm glad to chat further about any of the above or your search in general. Feel free to find me at: mary@adviseu.net. Good luck with your search!
--Mary

Advisor

Pree Newton Houston, TX

Hi Chris,

My suggestion would be to look on LinkedIn or Indeed they tend to have a lot of remote positions available. Make sure you use variations of remote ie; virtual, tele-work, etc... they are out there you just have to get creative with your word search. As a recruiter I would suggest not assuming or waiting till you get a call back to inform them your looking for remote work only. It is okay to inquire if a company is open to flexible working or other options for work life balance. Hope this helps.

Advisor

Gabriel Hoffman Falls Church, VA

1) Best to find a person inside the company(s) you are interested in. You can ask ACP for contacts, for example I can help with Northrop Grumman. From the inside I could help find the jobs that are remote. So focus on who you want to work for, then look for the job.
2) On the Northrop Grumman site, we do indicate Teleworking permitted or not.

Advisor

Jayne Piana Houston, TX

Hi Chris, I'm not in HR or recruiting, but I think that reaching out to any contact listed on the job posting would be a good first step at exploring a remote working arrangement. Also, if you have contacts within the company, you could ask about their remote working policies. As with anything in the recruiting space, it may take several inquiries before you get a response.

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