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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, flexible work isn’t just about convenience—it’s an issue of inclusion and equality. Flexible jobs help to diversify the workforce, and when there are fewer barriers to entry, we all benefit.
If you’re new to the idea of remote jobs, the prospect of being able to put in a productive day’s work while wearing pajamas might sound too good to be true, but it’s not a pipe dream. The jobs are real! In order to get a better sense of which industries have a winning remote track record, what those jobs look like, and what kind of prerequisites it takes to land them, I reached out to a group of HR and hiring professionals. Here’s what they had to say.
Front End Development
Tomáš Haviar, Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding Specialist at digital asset management company Bynder, says that opportunities for remote work are practically baked into the software development industry, and that a laptop and an internet connection are literally all you need to write code and develop websites, apps, and software programs. Remote opportunities are particularly abundant for front end developers, he says.
Daily Duties of a Front End Developer:
Front End Development Job Requirements Usually Include:
- a portfolio of work. If you’re new to the industry and haven’t done paid work yet, examples of self-initiated coding projects, work you’ve done for friends or family, or volunteer/non-profit coding endeavors can all do the trick.
- bonus: viusal design skills
Melanie Cole, HR Manager at peer-to-peer car rental site Car Next Door says that marketing and advertising are continuing to see growth in online opportunities. “The bulk of marketing has moved online,” Cole says, “and so the opportunities to work remotely have increased with it.” At Cole’s own company, for instance, three quarters of their marketing and communications team now works remotely.
Daily Duties of a Digital Marketer:
Digital marketing jobs typically involve creating and managing content marketing strategies, managing email and social media marketing campaigns, driving traffic to company websites, and contacing and hiring third party designers and developers to create engaging web content
Digital Marketing Job Requirements Usually Include:
- a bachelor’s degree in advertising or marketing
- 1-4 years of marketing experience
- strong written and verbal communication skills
- familiarity with SEO (search engine optimization) best practices
- Bonus: basic coding skills like HTML & CSS
Kurt Birkenhagen, Vice-President of Marketing at conference call provider Vast Conference, says that copywriting is also a field with plenty of remote opportunities. “Copywriters and content creators can do so much of their job remotely—often with the added benefit of less in-person distraction,” Birkenhagen says. “Data platforms like Box and Dropbox give you access to team files from anywhere, with the ability to track changes. And with the existence of online meeting tools and video conferencing, the ability to meet, build rapport, and consult with clients can be done effectively regardless of physical location.”
Daily Duties of a Copywriter:
According to ZipRecruiter, copywriting duties typically include writing clear, attractive copy in a unique voice, excellent collaboration skills and eagerness to work with professional teams on projects like email campaigns, landing pages, ads, and blog posts, and researching and sourcing content.
Copywriting Job Requirements Usually Include:
- a college degree in English, journalism, or communication,
- internship experience, or writing practice through self-published projects like blogging
- soft skills like organization, motivation, and being a self-directed worker
- Bonus: a copywriting or editing certification
Scott Morris is Skillcrush's staff writer and content producer. Like all the members of Skillcrush's team, he works remotely (in his case from Napa, CA). He believes that content that's worth reading (and that your audience can find!) creates brands that people follow. He's experienced writing on topics including jobs and technology, digital marketing, career pivots, gender equity, parenting, and popular culture. Before starting his career as a writer and content marketer, he spent 10 years as a full-time parent to his daughters Veronica and Athena.