Remote job options are growing in numbers every year, and with good reason. Remote work is an attractive option for employees who want to eliminate long commutes, or seek flexibility in their work schedules and location. Work-from-home jobs benefit employers as well. Employees who are able to work from home once a month or more are 24% more satisfied with their jobs than their office-based counterparts, and turnover rates appear to be lower at many businesses with distributed workforces.
The flexibility of remote work can be especially appealing to women returning to work after family leave, or transitioning from traditional business roles. Yet, navigating the deluge of work-from-home job sites is overwhelming, and can seem like another job altogether. Here are 11 of the best sites out there to help working women at every level of their careers find meaningful remote work.
From webinars to resume-writing workshops and specialized job boards, PowerToFly doesn’t just want women to find a job—the company helps support women throughout their career trajectory. The site was founded by Katharine Zaleski and Milena Berry in 2014 to help women find remote jobs, and has evolved into an online community, with a wealth of professional and networking resources. Many of the job postings are in tech, but there are opportunities in other industries too, including roles at Deloitte, Expedia and BuzzFeed.
FlexJobs does the work of wading through work-from-home job postings to create a streamlined search process that eliminates the hassle of clicking through ads and broken links. FlexJobs also hand-picks the positions it posts and makes it a point to curate roles at a variety of levels, from entry to executive. The site hosts more than 50 job categories, including event planning, science and journalism. FlexJobs founder Sara Sutton created the site in 2007 because she wanted a more-flexible job after having a child, but couldn’t find resources that weren’t riddled with ads or scams. The site centers on job seekers and membership is required to view and apply to jobs, but FlexJobs emphasizes its responsiveness to users’ needs first and foremost. Memberships range from $14.95 for one month to $49.95 for a year.
As one of the most streamlined platforms, JustRemote enables job seekers to quickly find jobs on its site. The site works with companies looking for a distributed workforce, and lists jobs in customer service, development, marketing, design and HR. This remote job resource is one of the most transparent job boards available, clearly listing positions by job category, with the posting date and company home base included in every listing headline. JustRemote’s focus on an optimized user experience means that job seekers spend less time sifting through descriptions and more time applying to jobs.
Fairygodboss hosts a sleek platform for searching for a variety of jobs, including a large portfolio of work-from-home positions. The women-founded company is much more than a job search engine—it offers reviews and insights from women who have worked at the companies looking to hire, including ratings that show how happy women at that company are, and data on the number of women in leadership positions. Members on the site can also access webinars and networking opportunities specific to industries ranging from academia to manufacturing.
Connecting members to each other and building a community among remote workers is a priority for Remotive. In addition to finding remote jobs, Remotive members have access to their own Slack channels, where they can discuss job search tips, traveling advice and other issues specific to remote workers. Remotive’s Slack channels also serve as important networking tools and avenues for direct feedback on resumes and cover letters. The job listings primarily cover roles in sales, engineering, marketing and software development, though jobs in other fields such as tourism and HR can also be found on the site.
Startup companies are often on the leading edge for creative employee benefits and flexible work locations, so roles at new firms can be an ideal avenue for remote work. AngelList taps into the wide range of work-from-home jobs available at startup firms, and boasts more than 120,000 opportunities with 31,000+ startup companies. In addition to helping job seekers, AngelList helps investors connect to startups looking to raise money.
Toptal, one of the largest fully-remote companies, connects consultants with freelance projects in business, design and technology around the globe. Toptal also works seamlessly with employers to problem-solve and build trust and productivity across distributed workforce teams.
For remote workers seeking community and rapport with other freelancers, Toptal brings users together through hundreds of in-person events. Freelancers and community leaders host conferences, skill development workshops and networking events in dozens of cities each year.
Similar to other remote job sites, Jobspresso curates its selection of listings to make sure that its jobs are legitimate and suitable for its users. But, unlike other platforms with hand-selected roles in tech, marketing, writing and other fields, job seekers can access job listings and use the site for free. Over 10,000 potential employees use the site to post and update their resumes and search Jobspresso’s robust job board.
EuropeRemotely is a specialized job board for developers, marketers and designers seeking remote work in European time zones. While the site is a bit sparse on user resources outside of postings and blog posts, it does provide a unique space for bilingual remote workers, with many postings seeking employees who can speak English plus European languages including German, Italian, French and Spanish.
“Get jobs, advice and make friends.” That is the mission of Pangian, a website that connects companies with remote employees across the globe. Close to 75,000 Pangian users search the site for job postings in development, design and digital marketing. Pangian works closely with employers and offers companies and job seekers alike the ability see if they are a good fit. Employers can learn about job seekers’ skills, interests, and backgrounds through their personalized Pangian accounts, and potential employees can benefit from Pangian’s virtual trainings and remote academy.
Career advice and coaching are just a few of the ways The Muse helps users not only find a job, but thrive and advance their careers. While The Muse lists traditional onsite employment opportunities, there are many work-from-home jobs listed, and a host of professional resources for remote workers. The site’s “advice” section lists companies that offer remote positions and provides practical tips for finding work-from-home jobs and succeeding in those roles.
Job seekers can filter jobs not only by industry and seniority level, but also by company size. The thoughtful and practical details built into The Muse’s interface make it a distinctive resource for remote job seekers.
Whether you’re a newbie to remote work or a seasoned virtual professional, optimizing your remote work job search is key. The transition to a new job can be overwhelming, but with dedicated resources like these, you can tailor your search, find online trainings, connect with other women and find the right remote opportunity for you.
Alli Auldridge writes, parents and dances in Seattle.