How and where to find a remote job as a software engineer?

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Remote work has become a big topic since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the applicant does not need to move anywhere, and employment in a foreign project guarantees high earnings. We will understand the advantages of such remote work and all aspects.

What kind of remote is that?

A specialist in any field can find a remote job (team lead, front/back-end developers or full-stack). The conditions for everyone will be approximately the same: the same tasks, the same deadlines. But wages will definitely exceed the earnings of “local” telecommuters, at least due to the difference in exchange rates.

  • freelancing: different projects, different clients. Complete freedom, but at the initial stage, no guarantees.
  • product companies: platforms that provide ready-made projects and client lists for job seekers.
  • outsourcing: companies sell the “time” of employees, pocketing the difference.

Experienced people advise choosing either freelance or product companies.

What for?

Briefly about how such work is beneficial to a foreign employer and the applicant himself.

For a foreign company that is just starting up or expanding its staff, it is more profitable to hire a remote employee than to open branches and form an official staff (difficulties with immigration, taxes, and that’s all). A foreign employer can enter any labor market – from European countries to Africa and Asia.

The choice of employees from the above regions falls mainly due to good education and interest in work. In addition, the cost of such a staff will be less – no offices, no local taxes, no “social programs”.

How to get interviewed

Once you have found your dream software engineer job and received an interview invitation, you need to prepare for it. Of course, the culture of foreign companies is aimed at an objective selection of candidates, but live communication with a person plays an equally important role. At the interview, try to relax, talk about yourself and ask pertinent questions about the company and position. In addition to the details of the project, we advise you to ask the employer about the following aspects:

Technical side: you need to understand what you own and what the company offers.

  • Earnings: the salary level should not only correspond to that specified in the vacancy, but also not lose to other companies in the market offering a similar position.
  • Team: find out how communication with colleagues goes, how solutions are formed and, if possible, communicate directly with the project team
  • Perspectives: Insist that you will not stand in one place. Talk about development and career advancement.