You have this dream of working online and becoming a digital nomad but you have no idea of where and how to start. Sounds familiar? Trust us, we’ve been there! But after a bit of hard work, we both landed some really good jobs that we like. And the best part? We are able to travel the world while working! Sounds like the dream, right? So how do you get there too?
Here’s a little guide to help you out!
5 steps to land your first online job
1. Write down your skills
Think about all of your experiences and skills you have that can be useful. Have you been responsible for sending out newsletters before? Have you taught kids or even been a nanny before? Remember not only to write down work experience – you can also write down your hobbies that could be useful. Do you blog in your spare time? Do you have a flair for coding? Have you been tweeting a lot in the past or managing your social media account? Do you speak multiple languages? Write it all down!
2. Do some research
Now that you have all your skills written down, it’s time to do some research. Here, of course, your best friend is Google. After a few minutes, you are going to realize that there are endless opportunities for you to get a job online! Don’t feel like you have enough skills for any of these jobs? We call BS. Jo started out as a virtual assistant with very little experience. Now, a year later, she is the first Certified Online Business Manager in Denmark. Anything is possible if you want it.
Here is a list of online jobs you can do online:
- Teach English online.
- Virtual assistant.
- Online business manager.
- Graphic designer.
- Web developer.
- Digital marketing.
- Content creator.
- Video editor.
- Social media manager.
You can find more information in this post: 11 Fun Digital Nomad Jobs You Can Do in 2020.
3. Create a resume
Alright, so you’ve found a few types of jobs you’re interested in, or maybe you found one you really want. So now is the time to create a resume. For writing your resume we have 2 recommendations for you: Make it simple and know that you deserve this job. You can do it and you will be great at it! So make sure it’s clear in the application that you’re going to kick ass.
Some people decide to create a website instead. This is also an option. It looks great and it works as a portfolio!
4. Find jobs to apply for
Alright, you know what you want (ish). You have your resume ready. Now it’s time to find the jobs you want to apply for. Find different Facebook groups, go on LinkedIn and do some research.
There are so many jobs out there, and they aren’t that hard to find. You might also find something on Upwork or Freelancer but we’d recommend going through Facebook and LinkedIn as these are better paid and easier to land.
Also, use your network! Your network may be your biggest advantage. Think of anyone out there that you know that could help you get your foot in the door and just reach out to them!
5. Apply, apply, apply
Now it’s time for the final step! Apply for those jobs! When you apply for jobs the best things you can do is to:
- Read the job description properly! There’s nothing worse for the employer than receiving applications where the applicant hasn’t done what’s been asked. Do they want you to contact them via PM or email? Do you need a certain subject line? Look carefully at what they’re asking for – it makes you stand out from the other applicants! Put the few extra minutes of work in and it will go such a long way.
- Tweak your resume. I know. You just finished your resume and know you have to change it? Pain in the ass. But you know what’s not a pain in the ass? Landing that job and starting to live the life you’ve been dreaming of! So just suck it up, get it done, and thank yourself later 😉
- Bonus info: Jo spent an extra 10 minutes sending out her resume which resulted in 1 client which has now snowballed into 6 regular clients and an OBM certificate.
Success doesn’t happen overnight. You don’t get there without putting in the hard work. But if you want it, it’s so worth it! And it’s not that hard! So good luck and kick ass!
Do you have any outstanding questions? Please let us know! We’re more than happy to help you!
Jo & Dom