Here are the top 10 reasons to work remotely funny edition.
We all need some laughs sometimes.
You can swear....out loud.
You don't have to be PC to yourself.
You can wear funny hats.
You can get up 5 minutes before work starts
You don't have to listen to your co-worker go on and on about him/herself.
You don't have to smell any of your co-workers gas.
You don't have see or hear your boss everyday.
You can work in your pajamas.
You can take a dump on your own toilet.
You don't have to wipe with 1 ply toilet paper.
The moral of the story here is Working Remotely is liberating, it allows you to be you and be comfortable while doing it. When you're comfortable, you can be more productive.
I’m sure you can agree it’s super hard to land a remote working position. It’s frustrating when you have the skills but getting noticed by HR is almost impossible…
Or is it?
In the next few minutes you’ll learn how to leverage well known brands to boost your image, authority, and expert status so you can start working remotely in one month or less.
I’m going to share with you six quick steps using Github, Stackoverflow, Quora, Amazon, Linkedin and others to get the attention you need and land that remote job quickly.
And you’re going to do it using a technique I call Leverage 6 Method.
Let me explain.
Using the Leverage 6 Method will get you the authority and expert status hiring managers can’t ignore.
What is the Leverage 6 Method? I’m glad you asked.
It’s pretty simple actually:
The first key point of leverage is association.
If you associate yourself with large well known brands, you instantly become more desireable to hiring managers..
Look at this example for instance:
Nike uses Lebron or Jordan, by association to these two mega stars they gain authority and expert status. You'll be doing the same thing with tech superstars.
This causes prospective buyers, or (HR) in your case, to believe and trust you more.
The biggest obstacle to getting what you want from someone is gaining trust.
But there’s good news:
You can do the same thing as Nike by getting with the big brands, by using the Leverage 6 Method.
Another key to using Leverage 6 is the brand must have a community following. This is important because the more of a following you gain, the more HR will recognize your authority and expert status.
Next I lay out how to make it all happen in 30 days:
These six steps can land you the remote job of your dreams.
Step 1: Become a Github Superstar and leverage the community to get expert status.
Here’s what to do.
Create a “tool” that is useful to other programmers or experts.. The tool should essentially be a drop in solution for solving a problem such as authentication or blogging or any other repetitive task that you find in almost any application develpment process.
You’ll want to use Github, or Bitbucket so you can leverage the large communities of programmers that are waiting to provide you and your solution social proof.
There's a catch though...
After creating the tool your work isn’t over. You’ll still need to market your tool to get some recognition.
Luckily, it’s a pretty simple process:
All you need to do is find blogs that talk about your particular subject and ask if they wouldn’t mind checking out your solution and writing about it.
One step better, tell them you would be willing to do a tutorial they can post on their site.
Blogs are always looking for more content, and if they get it for free you're doing them a favor.
How can they say no? It’s a win/win.
Anyway, by creating a solution that is useful you prove to potential employers that you know your way around a code base.
Quick Tips: Try to push code to your code base 3-5 days a week to show that you’re committed to your craft. Even small updates count and show up as activity. You can see the activity of this account to the right of the red arrow.
Always reply to your community when they find a bug, and work quickly to squash it.
Here are a few resources that walk you through creating a gem/sdk/package/tool to promote on Github for various languages.
The first is an excellent step by step guide by the Quick Left Team to building your first ruby gem, def worth a look.
Our next is a bunch of guides by raywenderlich.com team that shows you how to make an ios api.
There are tons of resources on the web for this subject, but I chose these two because they are well known and very established brands.(ie. association, even we use it)
Theres one more thing you can do with Github….
If you don’t want to create a solution, you can always do pull requests to make other tools better. The gist(pun intended) is, you find a popular tool and help fix the bugs for the developer by doing pull requests.
When the prospective employer looks at your github account they will analyze your work and will come away impressed assuming you write good code. Your knowledge and the social recognition by your peers on github will reinforce your expert status.
Here's what hiring managers had to say about platforms like Github.
Platforms like Stack Overflow, GitHub and Quora are also explored by the recruiters to gather as much knowledge available about the candidate. "Doing this we get a first-hand impression about the candidate," said Uttam Kumar Sanghi, who leads talent acquisition at Zenefits India. "We see his interests and contributions, what skillsets he brings to the table, how keen an evangelist he is, is he a techie at heart etc... When it is not a 9-5 kind of job, you really need to know what kind of a person you are bringing on board for which a resume might not help."
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Step 2: Leverage Stackoverflow to viewed as an expert in your field
Let me tell you this, if you use Stackoverflow like I tell you below, it’ll be hard for the hiring manager not to hire you.
Here’s what you do...
Answer up to 5 questions a day if possible. If you don’t know the answer do research and provide the answer.
You will also learn more and provide value to others. Which will boost your reputation.
A higher reputation proves you’re an expert. As this profile shows. You can reach a very wide audience just with stackoverflow.com
This shows a potential employer that you like helping people and will be easy to work with. As noted above in what hiring managers say.
Not only that but:
Answering questions also shows you know what you say you know. Add to that, while you’re working remotely, you know how to find answers to your questions if you need assistance.
Nobody likes a remote programmer that doesn’t know how to research and find solutions. Dont be the programmer that runs up against a problem and asks for help before even doing research.
That’s what I call a bum coder, somebody that doesn’t like to work for it.
But check this out:
Vlad Mihalcea talks about how to get a good reputation. He also talks about some of the benefits of having a good reputation in the software development community.
This article on sourcingrecruitment.info talks about how hiring managers use Stackoverflow and Github to find new prospects. It gives great insight into what they are looking for while recruiting.
Step 3: Quora?
Download the app here(amazon,apple,andriod). Subscribe to topics related to your field. Answer questions, there are no wrong answers here.
We recommend answering 5 questions a day. We also recommend linking to other platforms that contain your content which support your answers.
Just answer questions to the best of your knowledge, be smart and tactful about your answers. No politics or subjects that could turn off an employer. The more questions you answer the better your reputation will be.
Quora adds more social proof that you know what you’re talking about and you're willing to help.
Ask questions, employers like to see that you know you don’t know everything.
Know what I mean? It show’s you aren’t a programmer with an attitude problem and are humble. You're easy to work with.
Here’s a great resource on branding yourself on Quora, not only will it make you more desirable as a remote programmer but it will also create authority on your subject matter.
Step 4: LinkedIn does what?
So LinkedIn is a great tool for connecting with people.
But there is a major component that is overlooked...
LinkedIn might be the best tool for creating expert status in your field. If you do it how we teach here with Leverage 6 you will be an expert.
Here’s what most people miss:
Content, you can actually publish your own articles on LinkedIn. This content gets shared and read by thousands of people. If you truly want to be an expert in anything, and want people to know you’re an expert, write an article on it. And share the hell out of it.
There is a catch…
It must be high quality content, and it must scratch an itch in your field. It’s easy to find content ideas, just visit forums related to your field and see what questions most people have. Heck you can even use quora to find great content ideas.
Endorsements are great but…
Content and articles are better because they are viral. If you hit the right topic it could land you job by itself.
Another note here...if you start writing great content other experts in your field will notice you. When that starts happening you’ve got a real shot at working remotely.
We suggest writing and posting 1 article a week to LinkedIn.
Here is an article with 6 tips on how to create great content for LinkedIn.
Step 5: Have you heard of Blogumentation?
The gist of this technique is to blogument all of your current work and your thought process behind doing it. This isn’t really to gain readers, it’s more for HR to see how you think and how you attack problems.
When writing about your work you’re also showcasing your skills matrix.
If you’re really ambitious you should create guides or how to's on your site for frequently asked questions about coding.
Another great idea is to create a cheat sheet of common terms or shortcuts that pertain to your field.
A great place to get ideas for examples is stackoverflow.com. Look at the highest rated questions and make a quick tutorial on how to solve the problem.
It’s just another added layer to your status as an expert.
One more thing..
We suggest writing blog posts about each of the major projects you were part of in the last year. You don’t want your blog empty, so thats a good starting point.
Step 6: Can you teach and not put people to sleep?
To really become the Expert in your field, you can start teaching. I don't mean at your local college, I mean using YouTube or Udemy.
Technology is your friend….
Remember when I told you to create guides and how to’s on your blog. Welp, just record them with a screen recorder at the same time and post them everywhere that will take them.
Youtube guides really let the hiring manager get to know you and how you explain things. If you can explain things in an easy to understand way, it proves you know what you say you know.
Don’t know what you should make a video about, head over to Udemy and see what types of courses people are buying. Then make your own version.
Final thoughts on the Leverage 6 Method.
Everything you make or do, share on social media. The more your name is out on the interwebs the better shot you have of working remotely from home or wherever the wind blows.
Another by-product of using the Leverage 6 Method is you’re building your reputation and brand, which will allow you to get paid more.
Cant complain about that can you?