Employers are beginning to expect employees to be able to work from home. Most organisations are boundaryless these days and remote working has become the new norm. According to Forbes, 68% of U.S. Employees indicated that they expect to work from home in the future. It's uncommon to find a company that won't let you work from home when you have the flu, but it's even rarer to find a company that wants you to work remotely 100% of the time.
But for businesses that have long been seeking, the rise of the remote workforce could offer a more globalised and diverse talent pool.
Remote working has innumerable advantages and by now we have experienced most of it.
But what can be even better than working for a company on the other side of the globe, being in your pyjamas and sipping a cup of coffee wherever you want? And, does it cost you anything?
Instead, it brings home a different culture, enhanced learning, and skyrocketing salaries. But Landing a job overseas is easier said than done. From getting an H1B Visa to handling the employment laws and getting all the documentation in place, it is a time-consuming and expensive task.
For remote working, certain skills are essential. Having the required skillset and being able to demonstrate them in a virtual interview can get you lucrative jobs from across the world. Now having more time on your hands due to the WFH Scenario, it’s much easier to master the required skills for the job you are applying to. Identify the roles in your industry and get an idea from the Job description posted on various job portals. This will help you in identifying the skill gap and being able to fill it. Having mastered the skills will give you the confidence to pose them in front of the interviewer.
Remote tools can mainly be classified into two different categories: Communication Tools and Project Management Tools. Working on a company abroad from home requires you to be adept at using the above two types of tools and having them at your fingertips can make you more efficient than the other job candidates. Knowing about communication tools such as Slack, Zoom, Skype and project management like Hubspot, Trello and Asana can increase your chances of getting selected. One needs to have a basic idea of how to use them well enough.
Having the right skillset and tools is important but not showcasing them or not being visible to the recruiters will take you nowhere. Your brand is an extension of your social media presence. Employers scan your social media profiles for two things: commitment to your craft and risky content that may harm your brand. Especially when being recruited from a foreign country a thorough background check is conducted. Companies in the UK and US have strict standards that not being met can lead to direct disqualification of the candidature. It’s also of utmost importance to have a presence on the right platforms. LinkedIn is a must-have for landing remote-jobs, most remote job application forms will ask for your LinkedIn URL. Depending on the types of positions you're applying for, you can also have a presence on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media platforms.
Networking is a must in the pandemic era. To find a job might not be that easy but leveraging the networks that you have can be a boom. Take some time off to join the right communities such as Facebook groups or slack communities to find out about job opportunities that you are seeking. Almost every profession has a place where its members congregate. Find those groups, join them, and interact with the people there.
It’s a huge market and thousands are applying for the same position that you are. So it’s important to apply to multiple positions by leveraging the right channels. So the only control that one has is having a tailor-cut CV for the company and getting in touch with the recruiters. Applying randomly to every job post on social media platforms may not be the right strategy. Curate your CV according to the job description to apply via portals such as LinkedIn and Indeed but a more efficient way is to tie up with a placement service to ensure you get in touch with multiple recruiters in less time.
For employers in the UK and the US, there are various advantages of hiring an Indian candidate. There is a varied talent pool and the business language that is spoken is English. However, there are differences as well and knowing them can bring you a step closer to landing the job you wanted.
The UK or a US-style of working and their culture is more of an open one; contracts and freelancing are common and there might be differences concerning the values that a job title holds. Though the British are known for their politeness, they are also more prone to express their true feelings. Some office culture, on the other hand, is more closely aligned with the idea of "if you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all." One must keep in mind these differences while applying for a job overseas.
Remote work inherently provides several benefits including increased productivity, flexible work scheduling, and more savings for the employer and employee. Many international businesses offer extra benefits to their employees, such as reimbursement for business expenditures and the option to work from a co-working space if requested. Employers frequently provide a stipend to cover reasonable expenses such as travel.
Employers in most cases pa as a laptop and other peripherals. Being cognizant of the requirements of landing a high-paying remote job and knowing what is expected of an Indian candidate brings one a lot closer to landing your dream job. But one should not forget that Visas and work permits take time and require a bit of money and a lot of information on your behalf.
The employment laws in different countries are different and one should not land in trouble due to the ignorance of the same. To make this easier, it is advisable to apply and get recruited through a trusted agency that handles all the paperwork so that one can be free of apprehension.
Now that you know all that it needs to land a high-paying job in the UK and the US, it shouldn’t take you long to make your next career move to the remote job you’ll love!