I currently work at one of the largest Gaming Support organizations in the world and I do it from my small apartment in Lagos, Nigeria.
In this post, I will cover the 10 places I know (and trust) you can find remote jobs in. These websites do not require you to pay a dime to apply for the remote jobs listed on their platform and you’re sometimes not even required to submit a CV – Yup, I hated CVs too. But most of them would want to see your experience and you would be applying to different companies with different needs so I would recommend you have the following:
- A CV and/or Resume: I don’t know the difference between the two and I don’t care. They usually won’t ask for both at the same time. Just have a decent CV or Resume or something like that.
- LinkedIn: You should have a LinkedIn profile. Put your experience, courses, trainings and places you’ve contributed/volunteered in there. Do it shamelessly!
- Cover Letter (mostly optional): Most companies do not ask for this but just have it. A cover letter is a document sent with your resume to provide additional information on your skills and experience. The letter provides detailed information on why you are qualified for the job you are applying for. It sometimes accompanies each resume you send out.
- GitHub URL: If you’re a developer. They might want to check out the projects you have worked on in the past and also see if you’re good at using version control and all that stuff.
- Website or Portfolio (optional): Sometimes, employers want to see your past work before they hire you. Even if you don’t code, you should have a dedicated page, website, channel or document on the web where all your past works can be seen. Coders put their works on GitHub, Designers put their works on Behance or dribble, Photographers put their works on Instagram, Creators put their works on Youtube… etc. I do a lot of things so I designed this website and put my works in it.
NOTE: You do not need to have a degree or be a graduate to set these things up or apply for a job. A company that hires Customer Support Agents will most likely care about your Empathy and Experience than your level of Education.
Also, it’s a remote job. You would not cry all the way home if they say “No” to you… you’d most likely be at home to cry comfortably. It took a while to get my current remote job. I used to apply for 2 jobs a day, 5 days a week. I have a job now but I was still getting rejection emails as at last week because I applied to so many companies. I can’t even remember some of them. Most of these companies will not even get back to you at all, so don’t worry, its normal. Just keep applying for roles you’re interested in until you get the job you really want.
Here are 10 places (or websites) you can find remote jobs in for free:
This website is also known as WWR and it is very popular in the remote jobs community. WWR also has a Slack channel where you can meet other remote workers, Job seekers and employers who are looking to hire talents. I made a friend here as well. She had posted something about reviewing CVs for free and I reached out. She reviewed my CV and gave me a call on Skype to offer some advice. All of that for free. You will find all kinds of jobs on WWR, so be sure to look around. You can visit WeWorkRemotely.com to get started or join their Slack channel by clicking here.
Remotive helps you get remote jobs and they are family-friendly. That is, they list companies that let you make time for your family, especially if you have kids. Their mission is basically to help professionals go remote. You can check for jobs on Remotive by visiting Remotive.io.
Indeed helps you find jobs around you and sends job offers to your email once you sign up for free and upload your resume. If you’re in Nigeria, visit ng.indeed.com to get started. If you’re elsewhere then visit indeed.com. Indeed is also a comprehensive search engine for jobs, so you can spend some time there applying for jobs that interest you.
You probably hate that place or don’t know you can find remote jobs on LinkedIn but you can. Just make sure to enter “Remote” as your location on the job search page. See a sample screenshot below
You can also find remote jobs on Angel.co. You do this by clicking on Jobs and choosing “Remote only” or companies that are not completely remote but are open to allowing employees to work from home. An Indian company was going to hire me from here but I wasn’t really fit for the role they were looking for – a travel writer. I am not a travel writer.
6. Remote Ok
This website is similar to Remotive. You can check it out by visiting Remoteok.io
You can find the highest-paid remote jobs in tech on remotelypeople.com
Dev jobs, mostly. And you will find companies who are willing to assist with Visa Sponsorship and relocation here. Visit stackoverflow.com/jobs to get started.
Remote jobs for anyone, anywhere. Visit Remote.com to get started
Golance is just like Fiver, Upwork, Freelancer, Guru, etc. but it is better because your bidding limit is UNLIMITED, membership is FREE, Processing Fee is 0%, and they only charge 7.95% as freelance fee. It’s basically like other Freelance platforms but cheaper and more flexible. You can choose to get paid via wire transfer, Paypal or Payoneer. I use Payoneer because it’s the best option for Nigerians, in my opinion.
Cross over’s mission is to connect the most talented professionals in the world with unprecedented access to high-impact, high-paying roles. They are offering over 40 different job positions in Engineering, Product Management, Support, Finance, Marketing, Sales, and Operations with compensations ranging from $10k to $1M USD/year.
Visa Jobs HQ’s platforms and resources make it easy for employers all over the globe to source talents in Africa – From the streets of Lagos to Nairobi, Accra, Johannesburg, millions of talented and highly-skilled young people innovate in tech, science, engineering, finance and management. The network singlehandedly accounts for the highest number of international job placement on the African continent annually.
13. Check your favourite companies/Cold Email
Another thing I have done in the past was to visit the websites of companies I love and find out if they are hiring. You can also shoot them a cold email, introduce yourself and ask them if they are hiring. They can only say “No” or Ignore you, it cannot be worse than that. So, try that as well!
So that’s it. My list of trusted places you can find remote jobs in. If you know more and would like to contribute to this article, please leave your comments below and I will add your mention to the list. And don’t forget to shoot me a mail when you get that job. All the best!