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322. Work From Anywhere 🌍
A complete guide of where to find great remote jobs, the best distributed companies, and who's hiring now
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One of the toughest decisions that companies make during turbulent markets and difficult times is what to do with headcount. Unfortunately, we’ve seen more than a few VC-backed tech teams getting smaller in recent weeks. There’s even a layoffs tracker — layoffs.fyi — to chart all the moves. We experienced this at Buffer in 2016. It’s a rotten thing for everyone involved. To whatever degree it might help, I thought I’d put together a quick resource list of where you can find great remote jobs and who’s hiring now — hopefully useful if you’re back on the job hunt or if you just want to add bookmarks for your next great adventure, whenever that may be.
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Work From Anywhere — How to find great remote jobs + who’s hiring now
I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that working for a fully distributed team has been life-changing. Work From Anywhere has meant that I can be home with family, design my life with greater flexibility, work from where I’m most productive, and get access to amazing work opportunities from here in small-town Idaho — far, far away from the nearest startup scene.
I feel lucky and privileged to have benefited from remote work for so long. And I want to expand access to great jobs to as many people as possible.
(That’s part of our mission at Oyster, too.)
Over the years, I’ve picked up a few job search tips and bookmarked a few job board destinations. I’m happy to share all my favorite resources with you as well as a handful of cool places that are hiring now — including Oyster.
How to use this info:
If you’re a job seeker, feel free to bookmark any of these destinations and check back often. New roles pop up every week. If this is the first remote job you’re applying for, we offer a free CV / resumé online course at Oyster.
If you’re passionate about the mission of fully distributed work, feel free to amplify these great roles and job boards among your network.
If you’re a hiring manager or marketing leader, feel free to use these job listings as inspiration for how to craft your next JD or how to think about new roles that you could considering adding to your team
Check out this Airtable of the top distributed teams
Awhile back, I shared with this newsletter list a little something I created in my spare time: a database of the top remote marketing jobs from 50+ of the BEST remote companies out there. I updated it the past couple days, and now there are 99 companies — most of them in tech — who are fully distributed or hybrid and are hiring across borders.
A couple things about the list:
I have 99 companies on there now, and I tried to be picky about choosing ones I’ve heard great things about. There’re legends like Automattic and Github and Buffer, plus on-the-rise ones like Postscript and Recharge (and Oyster), plus newer-remote behemoths like Shopify and Slack. :)
If you know of a company that would make sense to include, please drop me a note!
For hiring managers and team leaders, there’s a tab in the sheet that tracks job descriptions for some common roles, in case you need to grab any for inspiration for your listings.
Check out these job boards
We Work Remotely
This job board has been around since 2013(!), before remote work was cool. They have jobs across all the main startup functions — engineering, product, sales, design, support, and of course, marketing. Hit the “categories” drop down in the top menu to see open marketing roles.
They also have a list of the top 100 companies hiring remotely, which is based on the volume of roles that each company has posted to We Work Remotely’s job board over the years.
AngelList does a lot of things — startup investing, startup news, startup profiles, and more. Of course, startup jobs is a big part of the AngelList ecosystem, too. Job seekers can perform a robust job search to find the ideal startup role. Here are my search parameters when I’m creating results for remote-first marketing jobs:
Job title = “Marketing” (you can also filter down even more granularly with titles like “Product Marketing Manager” or “Content Creator”)
Location = Click the dropdown to select between “include remote jobs” or “only remote jobs.” You can also filter to show only distributed teams where most or all of the employees work from anywhere.
One of the best remote-exclusive job boards out there — and built by a former Buffer colleague! Like We Work Remotely, Remotive also has a ton of resources for job seekers, including a Slack community of 30,000+.
I also love that Remotive will show you exactly where the role is open, whether its worldwide, USA-only, EMEA-only, etc. One of the challenges with remote job boards is that “remote” can mean different things to different companies, so it’s nice to have the clarity right in the job listing.
Also, the mascot is a Shiba Inu puppy. Very wow!
Indeed is one of the largest job boards, period — remote work or otherwise. They have Super Bowl commercials. They have an investing arm of the business (they’ve invested in us at Oyster, for instance). So naturally they have a deep and robust set of remote-first and remote-friendly jobs. To find them, put in these search parameters:
Search for the job keywords you’d like from the Indeed homepage.
From the results page, click the “Remote” filter and choose the first “remote” option from the drop-down.
You can then further filter by full-time job, experience level, salary estimate, and more.
Hired is an inverse take on the job board. Instead of you browsing job listings, employers browse job seeker listings. You can create a free profile and let companies apply to interview you.
To get started, simply click the big purple button on the homepage. It will walk you through an account creation process where you can upload a resumé.
The third of the “Big Three” remote job boards — along with Remotive and We Work Remotely — RemoteOK boasts a huge reach of 1 million+ remote workers, which means that many, many distributed teams are compelled to post their jobs here. You can filter with settings like “Worldwide” to get exactly the listings you want to see.
Who’s hiring now:
Oyster is hiring a Director of User Acquisition and a Senior Corporate Communications Manager. Worldwide.
Polly is hiring a Digital Marketing Manager. US and Canada remote.
Automattic is hiring a Lifecycle Marketing Manager, Day One. Worldwide.
Gitlab is hiring an Analyst Relations Manager. Worldwide.
Semrush is hiring a Senior Content Writer. Worldwide.
Dribbble is hiring a Head of Growth. US and Canada remote.
Mozilla is hiring a Director, Marketing Performance. US-only.
Sketch is hiring a Director of Marketing Operations. EMEA-only.
About this newsletter …
Hi, I’m Kevan, a marketing exec based in Boise, Idaho, who specializes in startup marketing and brand-building. I currently lead the marketing team at Oyster (we’re hiring!). I previously built brands at Buffer, Vox, and Polly. Each week, I share playbooks, case studies, stories, and links from inside the startup marketing world. Not yet subscribed? No worries. You can check out the archive, or sign up below:
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