A More Transparent Way To Apply for Remote Jobs

TL;DR
– I reached $10K/month with my website Remote Hunt as a solo developer
– I have close contacts in hundreds of remote companies
– I started to build a more transparent way to apply for remote jobs
– Considering a new remote job? I'll help you (for free) – leave your email:

For the last three years, I've been working on a new way to discover remote companies. While I have so many more ideas to implement, I think I've reached a point where it fulfills its initial goal – it lets you see more deeply into remote companies.

And I reached $10K/month, which means I now have the money to work on it full-time. I have no employees, no investors, no debt.

But I want to go a step further – I want to build a new experience to apply for remote jobs.

While working on Remote Hunt, I've made close contacts with hundreds of flexible remote startup managers who are actively hiring.

If you're looking for a remote job in tech (or just exploring the possibility), I invite you to join me – my goal is to find you a new role in a company that resonates with your way of life.

And in the process of that, I'll build a new platform for matching tech talent with remote companies.

If you keep reading, I'll show you:

  1. What I've been working on ("discovery")
  2. Why the current way of applying is broken
  3. How to improve it (initial thoughts)

1. Discovery

The essence of the "discovery" part of my website in four screenshots:

(1/4) How do remote teams work? (flexible hours, daily standups, etc)

(2/4) Which benefits do companies offer? (health insurance, paid home office, etc)

(3/4) Which cities are team members working from? (can I meet some of my co-workers)

(4/4) How would my time zone fit into their remote team?

2. Why the current way for applying is broken

Today, applying for remote jobs is centered around companies, but it leaves out candidates.

It usually looks like this:

the company buys traffic from a job board to its ATS (Applicant Tracking System) → candidate fills in the form → often nothing happens ("resume black hole")

Has a human read my application?
What can I do to improve my chances?
Are they still hiring?

These (and many more) are very important questions for job seekers, because their next steps may be depending on them ("should I apply for more roles?" or "when should I follow up?")

I think applying through ATS is fundamentally broken because it leaves out candidates. They are employer tools. And I want to build a platform that's way more inclusive for both sides.

3. Make applying better

I don't have a full answer yet, but I have some initial ideas. As a microfounder working on my startup alone, my time is very limited – I don't want to build it in the dark without knowing if what I build would be truly helpful.

So, I already have managers in remote companies who are ready to work with me, but now I'm looking for potential candidates who are interested in finding a new remote job – because only then can I build the application flow that's actually helpful.

Here's my starting point (3 initial thoughts):

1. Make applying quick and easy – with one click.

2. You create a profile that shows who you are and what have you done so far. This is what enables "One Click Apply" because now HR managers can quickly see some important things about you.

But I'm not looking to build just another profile page. I'd like to think of it rather as your User Manual.

You're not your work history, you're a dynamic human being. When you join a new team, you want to join an environment that fits your personality. And this helps HR managers to see who you are beyond your work history.

3. You've applied. Now what? You'll get a notification when a real human has seen your application.

I continue to keep thinking about how to make applying for remote jobs easier and more transparent.

Are you actively looking for a remote job?
Or maybe you're current job is fine, but you'd be open to exploring?

Leave your email here, and I'll help you find your next remote team to join!

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