The idea of working remotely might sound like a distant dream until you’ve actually listened to the stories of many digital nomads.
Remote work is real!! And if you’re the type that doesn’t enjoy the normal 9-5 schedule, then there’s no better time to start find remote work than now. I can tell you this because I have been doing it for the past few years even though I live in Nigeria.
Some work from home jobs in Nigeria includes but not limited to software development, content writing, data entry, graphic design, social medial marketing, SEO, and so on.
Why You Should Work from Home
One of the benefits you get when you work from home is that you have complete control over your schedule; no more driving in the heavy traffic for long hours (especially those in busy cities like Lagos). You will get to spend more time with your family and also work and travel wherever you want. What could be better?
But then, don’t expect it to be all rosy. Since you will get to decide when to work, you will need a lot of discipline and motivation to stay on-course. You will also need to possess excellent communication skills and must be very honest with your work.
The landscape of digital nomads continues to broaden every year as more people are opting for the flexible work-style. However, there’s still a shortage of companies offering remote work compared to the number of remote job seekers.
In order to stand out and find a good-paying remote job, follow the tips below on how to find remote work.
Focus on jobs that “really” allow you to work remotely
Although remote work is becoming popular, there are still many jobs you can’t do from home. For instance, many careers in law, medicine, sales and engineering would require you to maintain physical contact with people. You would be only be wasting time looking for a lab or sales job you can do from home.
If you want to find remote work that is genuine, then you’ve got to spend time looking for jobs that are perfect for telecommuting. Like I mentioned earlier, you will find such positions abundant in supply in fields like programming, digital marketing and promotion, virtual assistance, content creation and so on.
Most jobs in these fields can be done and delivered through online; that is them ideal for people who want to work remotely.
Always add “remote” to your job keyword
Whenever you search for any position online that allows you to work from home in Nigeria or anywhere in the world, make sure you include remote in the job search keyword. This will help in filtering out positions that do not apply to remote work. This way you won’t end up scouring through so many results trying to find the ones that allow telecommuting.
For instance, if you want to find remote work in content creation, then an example of a keyword you should use would be something like “remote writing job”, “remote content writer” or something similar. If you’re looking for a job in web development, then you might want to use something like “remote front-end developer”, “remote full stack developer”, “remote angular developer”, and so on.
Instead of searching generally, you can focus on job-listing platforms like jobrapido, indeed, job LinkedIn, and others.
Prepare your resume
When looking for work from home jobs in Nigeria, another thing you need to pay attention to is your resume. Make sure you have an “online-ready” resume before you start throwing out applications.
This is because your resume is more likely to pass through a robot before it will be read by an actual human. These days, companies go extra length to remove irrelevant applications by employing various automated filters. So in order to prevent your application from getting rejected, you need to spend more time vamping it.
Avoid using fancy symbols or fonts. Check for errors and make sure you use the right keywords that are in sync to the job you are applying to.
Pay attention to instructions
In remote work, your ability to pay attention to even the smallest details is very important. And that skill will be tested at the first point of your application.
So don’t be in a hurry to throw in your application until you’ve read and understood the job requirements. Make sure you tailor your resume to suit each job you’re applying to.
As earlier indicated, make your application stand out by including some of the keywords in the job description in your proposal and resume. Once again, take every small detail seriously. This will show potential employers that you are reliable and meticulous when it concerns your work.
Prepare for interviews
Just like on-site jobs, work from home jobs in Nigeria and any other place require you to interview with potential employers before getting hired. And you should expect to be asked normal standard interview questions like:
- Tell me about yourself?
- Why is your greatest strength?
- Why do you need this job?
- What is your salary expectation?
And so on. So you should be prepared to provide the right answers to these questions. Respond quickly to emails and don’t be late for any scheduled interview.
To wrap it up, it will take more than a few days’ job to find remote work that pays well. For some of us, it took months of daily search and application. Like I said earlier, the work from jobs in Nigeria is numerous, and there has never been a better time to cash into the global digital economy.
The most important thing is to take the first step, and before long you too will become a digital nomad based in Naija.