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Hello everyone and Happy New Year 2021!

 

I have been in this community for some months and participated sometimes, I would like to share some details of me and open the debate.

 

I'm a software engineer with almost 4 years of experience on office-work as a backend developer at a big bank in Mexico City (I'm Mexican citizen). While I was studying at my university I heard about remote work and was really interesting to me, but one of the main requirements for that kind of job was years of experience in the field, so I left that aside for a while.

 

Due to COVID pandemic, everyone went to a home-office and I started to see again news and articles related to remote work, that brought me here. I took the courage and started to look for remote work opportunities since last September. It was a bit harder than I supposed, from making an attractive CV, filtering for opportunities where I had more chances to be a good fit, and get interviews, and so on. 

 

On October and November, I had some job interviews, but I didn't receive so much feedback. Some of those interviews let me pass to coding challenges or more technical interviews but I started to have difficulties there. 

 

I started reading Atomic Habits by recommendation and that helped me to start building good habits and improve my skills, and here I am now, starting year, I would like to receive some advice to finally get my first remote work.

 

I have determined a kind of deadline to achieve my objective, which is before April 2021, and in my previous months I had noticed lots of things:

- There are a lot of jobs that are only specific to people with permission for work in the US. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places, but, Do you know some boards or places to find job offers that don't restrict by your place of living?

 

- As I read in lots of articles, communities help a lot to increase the chances to get job interviews, I am having troubles to find communities of software engineers working remotely. Is someone here who could help me to connect and have better networking?

 

- To be honest, sometimes I think that it is really complicated to jump into a remote job, I try to keep on track and avoid negative thoughts, but not always is so easy, Do you have some experiences or advice for me to manage this situation?

I will be eager to read your comments! Thanks


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    Hey Samuel,

    Thanks for the post and sharing such detailed context.

    - Unfortunately many jobs on remote job boards have location constraints and aren't truly global. But I have seen many websites implement filters around location. Remote Leaf is one such product and I have heard great reviews about it.

    - From my personal experience, I would recommend interacting on Dev.to, Hashnode, LinkedIn, Twitter and Remote Clan of course :)

    - Just to get the context right before I suggest/advice anything on the 3rd point, are you still working with the Mexican bank?

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      Thanks, @hrishikesh,

      About your question, yes, I'm still working at that bank (its name is BBVA). I could say that it is a stable job but I want to land another one to increase my technical skills and economy remuneration 

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        Ah, got it. I wanted to confirm this before suggesting something you can do for the long term.

        I am a CS grad (2012) myself and worked as an engineer for 3 years with large companies. I have also worked on a few freelance projects then (remotely) post which I built my own startup. So I know a bit about the difference in hiring approaches (and work) for remote startups vs. in-office startups vs. large companies.

        I am not sure if you already do this but would highly recommend spending time on:

        - Contributing to open-source projects. Maybe you can start with small fixes or PRs and then eventually build & submit a feature. A simple goal to keep in mind would be building an attractive Github profile (activity, stars, recent contributions etc.)

        - Writing articles for well-known publications like Smashing Magazine, Auth0 etc. Of course, this won't happen immediately and you will have to start small by sharing articles on communities & smaller publications.

        - Building side projects and your own portfolio website. Writing actively about all of this on social media and communities like Remote Clan.

        All of the above is going to take time, maybe 6-9 months or even more. But it will help you create a very solid profile for full-time or long-term freelance remote roles.

        The fact is that the # of great remote dev roles is still not huge. People compete globally for such roles and hence, it becomes tough to stand out. The great thing is you already have a stable job and aren't in dire need of a new opportunity, so you can think of this as a one-time investment of time & effort.

        Doesn't mean you stop applying to remote roles altogether, maybe you will find a good opportunity sooner but you focus your energy around building your online work profile more.

        Let me know if this makes sense and if you want me to expand on anything specific.

         

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          Yes, I think it will be a relatively long way but it's better to start from now.

          I have been stuck while I was attempting to write articles, sometimes there are a lot of data about that topic, so I think that I can't bring more in that way so I try to experiment more deeply or search for topics that can highlight better to my career. I'm not sure, do you have any advice about that?

           

          Yeah, I have stopped for a while to send applications for jobs until I was practising for coding interviews, I will wait just a few weeks more and then maybe can find a good opportunity as you said. :D