This Week in Remote ~ 11.8.2020

Cash-flush startups who are actively hiring, why it’s dangerous to bore hiring managers and 80% of people would quit their job if...

Welcome to the FIRST edition of This Week in Remote.

Our goal is to curate the best opportunities, resources, and news from the rapidly expanding world of remote. We want to provide real value and love feedback, so if you see things that should be added/subtracted or changed please drop me a line 📲

Alrighty, let’s do this thing!

Remote-friendly job openings 💸

  • Onfleet, an SF-based company that makes delivery management software, has raised $14 million in Series A after five years of proving out their product-market fit. They’re hiring across sales and engineering, all of which are fully-remote or open-to-remote. If you’re interested in logistics and some sweet perks, check out their open positions here.

  • Clarity.ai just closed $15 million in new funding and is hiring a Social Impact Researcher, if you are passionate about social impact, watercolor lighthouses and hard-to-navigate homepages - this may be your place (or, if you’re a UX designer, I’d suggest dropping them a line and telling them you can help them out).

  • On Deck, a network that yours truly joined this year, is hiring for several non-technical roles including marketing, operations, and product - check out their careers page and tell them Maren sent you 😉

Want access to a list of hundreds of remote-friendly job openings? Check out Going Remote’s expanding and up-to-date database of opportunities here.

This week’s hot take 🔥

Reddit is allowing its more than 600 U.S.-based employees to go remote, indefinitely. The decision itself is unsurprising as a day doesn’t go by in 2020 where a well-known company revamps its work-from-home policy. What is interesting is that they’re keeping pay at Bay Area rates, versus adjusting compensation to an employee’s geography. If this trend continues we foresee:

  • White-collar professionals continuing to bleed out of tier 1 cities like San Francisco, NYC, etc

  • Co-living and community-orientated living situations gaining momentum

  • The bounce-back of the digital nomad once COVID is under control

  • More competition amongst companies part for the most in-demand talent (the 20%) and inversely much more competition amongst everyone else (80%) for the rest of the roles.

Advice column 🤔

Do you know what one of the worst parts of the job search process is?

Reading through mind-numbing job descriptions.

Do you know what the worst part of hiring for a new role is?

Scanning hundreds of resumes that all look and read the same.

It’s enough to make a hiring manager dig their eyes out with a melon-baller… don’t laugh, it’s a cautionary tale in the HR industry

But you can use this painful fact to your advantage.

How?

💤 Don’t be boring 

Instead, try being human.

Let your interesting, quirky, weird, authentic self shine through.

Your resume should tell your story, succinctly, in one to two pages. That’s not a lot of mental real-estate to make it pop. 

Add a sidebar with your interests, or personal projects. 

Make sure your cover letter is not a cut-and-paste job.

What if you could make the person on the other side of the screen smile? Or, if you’re really good, maybe they enjoy their only chuckle of the day. Do you know how much that would improve your chances of moving to the next stage?

🤔 The take-away 

If your resume, cover letter, and/or application answers bore you—they’ll put the person reading them into a boredom-induced coma. Or, even worse, they’ll just yawn and click “disqualify”.

Questions? Comments? Want proof that many a recruiter have gone blind visa-ve reading dull resumes? Reach out @marenkate 🐦