Ask a Career Coach: “How Can I Find a High-Paying Remote Job?”
High-paying remote jobs are not myths.
Working from home has become an ingrained part of society since the COVID-pandemic changed people’s lives. Companies and employees have adapted to new working patterns and practices, fully embracing the digital workplace.
Some people returning to offices now feel they may prefer a 100% home-working role. Newcomers to the job market may only be looking at remote work. These forces combined mean fully-remote positions are on the rise.
More and more high-paying jobs, skill-specific jobs are now advertised as available to both office and home workers. There are many opportunities to grasp, from remote-working newcomers to those looking to move back out of the office.
Let’s look at how to find high-paying remote jobs in this increasingly competitive part of the job market.
No Remote Experience? No Problem
High-paying remote jobs usually require you to be fully skilled in their field. But a fully-remote position is not restricted to workers who currently work from home. Anyone can apply for a remote job, as long as they have the relevant experience, qualifications, and ability to work from home.
Companies now realise that their primary interest is a person’s skill set and not where they are sat. The pandemic showed us that almost anyone could learn to work from home. A plethora of remote tools facilitates meetings, workflows, and training.
If you’ve never worked remotely but want to, don’t let a lack of remote working put you off applying. But do make sure you can:
- Display your entire skill set relative to the position.
- Show how your experience meets the role’s expectations.
- Understand the more popular remote tools, and train yourself to use them.
- Interview well both in-person and online.
Some Remote Jobs Seem To Offer Lower Salaries. Why?
There are plenty of high-paying, fully remote jobs. However, you may notice that office-based roles offer better remuneration than those for home-based workers.
Remember, remote working is more than just a base salary. Consider these savings when calculating pay — you may find you are better off on the lower wage:
- Commuting costs
- Costly professional work wardrobe.
- Childcare, nursing care, or pet walking — you may be able to do this while working from home.
- Lunches are often healthier and cheaper when made at home.
Even if everything evens out, remember, there are many benefits to working from home, including saving time, flexibility, and work-life balance.
Let’s have a look at how to get a high-paying remote job.
1. Identify Jobs That Can Easily Be Done From Home
Homeworking has existed for a long time. The difference now is that the breadth of opportunities and pay scales have increased.
The most common fields for remote work include:
- Web development
- Content / writing
- Accounting and finance
- Business development
- Human Resources
Workers in these fields can complete most day-to-day tasks digitally, with video calls or messages replacing in-person interaction. Typical remote job includes accountants, data scientists, customer service representatives, and video editors.
There are many more — use recruitment agency websites to get a feel for the market — or contact them for ideas. The team here at Talent-R would be delighted to help you.
Research Average Salaries for Remote Jobs
It’s advantageous to understand what remote jobs are available and the national average salary for those home-based roles. Remember to crosscheck the compensation with the job title, location, and experience.
Remote workers are still subject to market forces. A home-working HR manager at a top Barcelona firm would expect better pay than a similar position for a company based in Bolivia. Your salary needs to be aligned with your city’s living costs.
Keep a Keen Eye on Companies Advertising Remote Work
Your research may throw out the same company names over and over. Many companies are turning to remote working as a long-term solution thanks to saving them money and increasing happiness and productivity among employees.
Take a note of these companies because they may well be among the first to advertise a remote position suitable to your skills. Firms already committed to offering home-based working include Dell, Dropbox, Microsoft, and Slack.
Make Your CV Remote Working Friendly
Home-based positions require your curriculum to be tweaked to be remote-working friendly. Include a bracketed (seeking remote work) next to your current address.
Highlight how long you have worked from home and flag up all your home-based successes. Talk about mastering time management, working flexibility, and improving your communication skills.
If you’ve never worked remotely, draw attention to everything you’ve done to prepare for online work. Display knowledge of remote working tools, how you’ve created dedicated office space at home, and how you already use the digital world to succeed in your current position.
As with all applications, remote or office-based, make sure your CV is relevant to the job.
Search for Remote Work With Talent-R
At Talent-R, we offer many flexible home-based positions on our jobs board. (https://talent-r.com/jobs/)
Enter the search term ‘remote’, and you’ll see a mix of fully-remote and partially-remote posts, as well as companies offering placements either at an office location or at home.
Highly-paid remote jobs are on the increase. Companies value them, and employees appreciate trust and flexibility. Productivity improves, and the feel-good factor blossoms.
Stay ahead of the pack by keeping your digital and remote tool skills sharp, and your dream, home-based post could soon be yours; with a kicking salary to match.