Remote Work has been on the rise for some time, Covid 19 has only pushed the movement of Remote Work forward. Why remote work? Well, it is simple. It offers people flexibility & more freedom, which, at its core, is what everyone is striving to achieve.

Goolge Trends - Remote Work since 2004

As you can see form the Graph, there has been a steady, consistent increase in remote work, right up to the point of Covid where we have a massive spike in the interest.

This is great news for us remote web developers as it paves the way for transitioning into more flexible roles that allow us to enjoy life and strike a better work life balance. Landing a remote developer job now will offer huge benefits once this pandemic is over as you will be able to enjoy all of the benefits that come with a remote job such as being able to work from anywhere.  

So how do you get one? Well, luckily for you I have highlighted some key points below that you will need to tick off to stand a good chance of getting a remote developer job.

1) Online Portfolio 💻 - This is something that is of huge importance. Often, when applying for a normal office based developer job, you do not need to worry about this as much because you have references that you can easily use and there are more traditional recruiting systems that tend iron out  your coding ability. When it comes to remote though, the company that you work for could be based anywhere in the world, as a result there is a mixture of recruiting techniques. The best way to get around this, and show that you can provide value, is to have an online portfolio of projects that you have completed to showcase your skills and prove that you can build development projects. A great example is this one by Mathew Williams.

2) Reach out to other Developers and CTOs online 🗣️ - As a warning, this does require effort but it can have one of the highest success rates in actually securing a job. Why I here you ask? well, reaching out and chatting is a great way to build relationships and connections with others. Unsurprisingly, if you build a connections, you are way more likely to be offered a remote job or, at the very least, be offered an interview. One way to go about doing this is to use DevRemote to find companies offering remote web developer jobs and then reach out to them via linked in.  

3) Craft a Resume/CV for a Remote Developer Job Application 📄 - Your resume needs to be tailored to remote companies. There are differences, especially around communication as it is vital when working in a distributed team. We recommend including the following topics on your Resume for a Remote Developer Job -  Talk about tools (Think about communication tools such as Slack, Teams etc), Communication, Innovation or portfolio, Side projects, Location, Results, Autonomy.

4) Contribute to Open Source and Help Others publicly 🆘- Contributing to open source projects has significant advantages as it shows that you love coding and helping others. Highlighting this when applying to a remote developer job can really help put you at the front of the interview que and provide a really good base for conversation in an interview.  Further to this, if you are publicly helping people, for example - creating a YouTube tutorial, it demonstrates knowledge and ability to teach others, all hugely beneficial.

5) Be Authentically You 👉- Companies and people love stories, so tell them yours! Do not be afraid to be you! The majority of remote developer jobs out there are from really awesome companies who care about you and as a result want to know your story into development, understand your struggles and how they can help you improve. If you need some advice on how to tell your story, check out this article, it provides some great points.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, hope we have helped you today! I wish you all the best for your future, have a lovely day 🔥❤️,

George