Remote work quickly became the norm in the age of COVID. As 2020 draws to a close, though, more businesses are beginning to plan their return to work strategy. While some people are excited to be back into a routine that includes coffee, a commute, and coworkers, others found that they work much better in an at-home environment. 

If you find yourself in the latter camp and aren’t looking forward to heading back into the office, you’re not alone.

Here’s how to approach finding a permanent remote role.  

Consider the industry:

There are plenty of jobs that can easily be done from an offsite location. Many IT roles, tech roles, writing roles, administrative support roles, and even sales roles can work from home with only minor adjustments. If you work in one of these jobs now but your company won’t let you stay remote, consider finding a similar role at a new company with more flexibility. Certain roles – like those in the trades – aren’t conducive to remote work, and probably never went remote in the first place. Being a plumber, for instance, is not the kind of work that can be done remotely, but being a dispatcher as a plumbing company might be. While retail locations need people on-site to stock and assist customers, retail trainers may be able to work from home in an online capacity. If you’re in a job that can’t be remote, consider how you can flex your position and skills within the existing industry or company.  

Consider the company:

Some organizations have a stellar reputation for allowing and encouraging remote work. A search on Glassdoor will help you find some of the best remote-friendly companies. You can also often narrow down searches on job boards by setting your location to ‘remote’, which should only bring back results for companies and job titles that can sit remote.  

Ask your boss:

If your current role is being transitioned back to in-office work, talk to your boss or HR about extending the remote work or even converting it permanently. If you have had a positive review during your time working remotely, try to leverage that to keep your role remote. Any data you have about your productivity and contributions during your time remote can be used to help make a case that it makes sense for your role to stay off-site.  

Contact a recruiter:

Recruiters and staffers have connections across industries; they know who’s hiring and for what roles. With so many candidates looking to work remotely, many recruiters have started asking organizations up from when they start their search if they’ll consider remote applicants, so recruiters are often some of the most in-the-know contacts when it comes to who will hire remote workers.  

If you’re looking for a permanent remote position, get in touch with your staffing experts today. We can help connect you with the right role at the right company to help you do your best work.  

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