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The future of work is remote — at least in our near-future, as many businesses that shifted their employees to remote work at the onset of COVID-19 are continuing to maintain work from home policies. These include companies like Google and Facebook, both of which recently announced employees may work from home until the summer of 2021. And many of the businesses, both large and small, that are currently hiring are offering jobs that onboard and start employees off in remote work positions, with a “TBD” date for going back to an in-office setting.
So, is it easier for startups to find remote hires now than it was, say, two years ago?
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In 2018, a survey from ManpowerGroup revealed that 45 percent of employers around the globe were experiencing a talent shortage. They struggled to find and hire employees with the proper skill sets. Now, new studies suggest that the future of work may reach a global status, while talent shortages may reduce now that employers are able to find and hire remote employees around the world, regardless of location.
As the leader of your startup, it’s imperative you become familiar with the digital nomad landscape. How, and where, can you find remote hires?
Let’s take a look at some of the spaces where digital, remote talent currently resides:
Visit remote job boards
Go beyond running a job posting on websites like LinkedIn, Monster and Indeed. If you’re seeking remote candidates that might not be familiar with your niche startup business, you’ll need to post on remote-friendly job boards.
Consider the following platforms when sharing your next job listing:
- Working Nomads: Working Nomads provides employers the ability to share paid job postings to an audience of more than 120,000 thousand visitors each month. These same listings are also shared beyond the Working Nomads platform including via newsletter and on Twitter.
- RemoteOK: Scroll through RemoteOK once and you’ll discover a nearly endless dashboard for hiring remote positions. Share a job listing and opt for paid options that allow you to design the job post and reach a wider audience of viewers.
- AngelList: Perhaps you’re seeking a professional remote worker who has startup expertise in particular? Try posting a job listing with AngelList, where there are more than 3 million currently active on the platform. It’s free to post, meet (virtually!) with potential candidates, and even free to make a hiring offer.
Head to remote-specific social media pages and apps
It’s one thing to tweet that you’re hiring and expect the talent to come to you. It’s another thing to go directly to the source. In order to find remote hires, consider utilizing social media pages and apps that are specific to digital nomads.
These include, but aren’t limited to…
- Facebook groups: A few solid spaces to join and spread the word of opportunities with your company include Digital Nomad Jobs: Remote Job Opportunities and Remote & Travel Jobs & Life (Pangian®). Remember to read through the description for each group where you share job listings, and make sure sharing the opportunity does not go against page rules.
- Workfrom: Workfrom is a remote work app that works as a “super connector” to other remote workers. Download the app, then clock in to share what you’re working on. Workfrom then finds relevant connections and creates a “Virtual Café” for the day with interesting people working on unique assignments. Keep in mind that only members have access to view and post jobs in the community, which is over 116,000 members strong.
While remote work has gained popularity in recent years, its become a necessity for many workers in 2020. As you continue to build your business, consider the above tips for making remote hires with ease, whether you’re looking for part-time help or full-time help.