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All-Remote and Remote-First Jobs and Remote Work Communities

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On this page, we're spotlighting all-remote and remote-first companies, along with job boards that curate high-quality remote roles.

We're also curating a growing list of remote communities, where remote leaders and workers can network and share ideas, resources and job opportunities.

Organizations leading the way

In the GitLab Unfiltered video above, Darren (GitLab) and Rodolphe (Remotive) discuss several remote work topics: favorite things about remote work, how to find/start/thrive in your first remote role, and the impact of the growing remote work community.

Working remotely is becoming more common globally, as supported by data in the GitLab Remote Work Report. While all-remote and remote-first organizations still represent the minority, a variety of trends — from heightened rents in major cities to a greater emphasis on sustainability to a cultural desire to work and live where one is most fulfilled — have more people than ever interested in this way of working.

Buffer's latest State of Remote Work shows that the overwhelming majority of those who work remotely would recommend it to others, while new survey data from Owl Labs collected from 23 countries and 6 continents found that over half of global companies now allow some form of remote work.

Of course, not all remote environments are created equal — a point we cover in detail on the part-remote page.

In the aforementioned Owl Labs survey, it found that 16% of global companies are fully remote and 40% of global firms are hybrid, offering remote options while maintaining at least one physical office.

However, an increasing amount of startups and small-to-medium sized businesses are all-remote. In other words, those looking to work for an all-remote or remote-first organization as opposed to lobbying for a remote arrangement within a colocated company will want to cast their attention on career pages from the below.

All-remote companies

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Remote-first companies

Newly remote companies due to COVID-19

COVID-19 served as a catalyst for many companies to become remote-friendly. In turn, an increasing number of organizations are allowing existing employees to work remotely indefinitely/permanently. Below are trackers which publicize which firms have shifted policies to support remote.

Beyond those listed, COVID-19 has democratized the conversation around workplace flexibility. It is now expected for prospective job seekers to inquire about a firm's approach to remote work and flexibility early in the interview process.

All-remote and remote-first job boards

Job seekers are wise to point their efforts towards companies that are built to support 100% remote. You're able to bypass hours of lobbying for a remote arrangement during the interview process, and you're assured that the tools you need to operate effectively from anywhere will be included from the get-go.

While there are myriad job boards that curate part-time and freelance gigs which can be completed from anywhere, this section is focused more on surfacing all-remote and remote-first careers.

Here's a list of 60 remote jobs sites in 2020, including:

"Getting promoted while working remotely really depends on how remote your company is. GitLab is a fully remote organization with over 700 folks around the world, so getting promoted wasn’t difficult at all. In previous roles, I was the only person who worked remotely. In those cases, I felt very forgotten by my employer." - Emilie L Schario, a Data Engineer at GitLab

For a better understanding of the nuances, take a look at "6 People Who Prove You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Your Career to Work Remotely" on the Doist blog. Experts from various all-remote and remote-first companies, including GitLab, Doist, Help Scout, DataTrue, and Quuu, share their experiences.

Remote work communities and networking

Staying connected with remote workers globally is in many ways much easier than staying connected with peers through in-person networking events. Working remotely forces you to be intentional about everything, and the same is true for forming and fostering relationships and becoming part of one or more remote work communities.

As remote work becomes more common globally, there are more opportunities than ever to get plugged in, share resources and tips, and exchange job opportunities. Below are several vetted remote communities with high engagement.

Informal all-remote and remote-first job searching

Keep in mind that many great all-remote and remote-first companies aren't big enough to justify an appearance on conventional job sites. Particularly for startups, hiring is often accomplished via networking and word-of-mouth.

Thus, it's worth a concerted effort to scour LinkedIn (including the Remote Workers on LI Group), Instagram, and Twitter.

Oftentimes, founders will put out informal calls for help through a single tweet, Instagram story, or LinkedIn post. These calls do not make it to formal job boards, yet they represent opportunities to join a fledgling company during a formative time where there is potential to secure a significant stake via equity or stock options.

Each of these platforms support search via hashtag. Be aware that many results will be spam, but diligent searchers can find diamonds in the proverbial rough. Here's a list of popular remote work hashtags, including the below. Where you can, combine searches to include the below along with hashtags such as #hiring or #nowhiring.

  1. #remote
  2. #remotework
  3. #futureofwork
  4. #goremote
  5. #digitalnomad
  6. #remoteworking
  7. #workanywhere
  8. #virtualteam
  9. #telecommute
  10. #locationindependent

Working in an all-remote environment is unique. Be sure to read over the distinct benefits and drawbacks when considering if such a setting is ideal for you.

Return to the main all-remote page.

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